Web of Science (until 1/1/2021)

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Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present), Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present),
Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present), Book Citation Index (2005-present), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present), Index Chemicus (1993-present)
Web of Science Core Collection searches the world’s leading scholarly journals, books, and proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities and navigate the full citation network.


In the context of a limited budget to support collections, the Library routinely evaluates the value and cost benefit of the resources it purchases to support campus curricular and research needs. Following an extensive review of Web of Science and Scopus as an alternative to it, and consultation with numerous stakeholders, the Library has decided not to renew Web of Science and not to initiate a subscription to Scopus. Factors in this decision included high cost, relatively low usage, that Web of Science is only an index, a discovery tool that does not include the full text of materials. The cancellation takes effect January 1, 2021. Please be assured that the availability of the full text of articles and journals indexed through Web of Science is unaffected by this decision and that alternatives will offer comparable search and discovery capabilities for those resources.

To learn more about this cancellation, please visit the following FAQ or contact David Hellman, Collection Development Coordinator, at hellman@sfsu.edu.