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Human Development and Family Studies Research Guide

Research resources for locating information in Human Development and Family Studies.

Web of Science Core Collection

Web of Science Core Collection is the name of the software umbrella under which several databases reside. Researchers interested in cited reference searching would find the following databases useful:

Journal Citation Reports - provides impact factor, ranking information, and 5-year trends for journals in the social sciences, science and technology. Some features require a Web of Science account, which can take a few days to be created or be updated.

Web of Science (WoS) - the electronic versions of Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. It covers core journals in all disciplines and offers the ability to search for any author - researchers are no longer restricted to just the first author of a paper. It also contains Conference Proceedings Citation Index which will allow researchers to locate information about conference papers (and times they have been cited) in Web of Science.

Creating Citation Reports

Using some little known features of Web of Science you can:

  • look for an average citation rate for a specific journal (e.g., American Journal of Botany, Economics and Philosophy, etc.) and compare it to citation rates for your own publications in the same journal.
  • look for the average number of citations to ISU faculty publications in a specific department on campus and compare it to publications from comparable departments at other institutions.
  • generate a citation report for any search set you can create (excluding cited reference searches).

The file below describes how to do these things. (NOTE: examples use library science and the Parks Library, but the same techniques can be applied to almost any other department on campus as well.) If you need assistance, please use the contact information on the Science & Technology tab at the top of this page.

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