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SciELO indexed in Web of Science (which is much more than science!)

October 9, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Happy Friday! I can tell by the looks of the students’ faces in the library that midterm exams are on the horizon, if they haven’t already ended for some. Happily there is a three-day weekend in just a matter of hours, so we can all have a breather.

Maybe this is old news in the Latin American/Lusophone Studies library world, but today I learned that the database Web of Knowledge/Web of Science (as we call it in our database list) indexes the Brazilian open source journal platform SciELO. If you work in the humanities or social sciences, have no fear of that word “Science”! Through the Web of Science, I was able to find some excellent articles in these areas as well.

To limit your search to SciELO, just click on the arrow next to where it says “All Databases” and choose SciELO. That’s it! To test the limits of “science,” I searched “literatura colonial” and ended up with about 70 article hits. One advantage of searching in Web of Science is that recently added citation and usage counts to its platform, and these will gradually be added as they appear in other bibliographies over time. If you create an account (upper right under Sign In), you can create and save bibliographies, search alerts, and other time-saving features.

The SciELO website is still a good place to go for a broader approach, such as looking at journals from a particular country or academic field. I recommend bookmarking and using both for different reasons; sometimes researchers need traditional keyword searching, and other times, it’s helpful to look at broader trends.

Let me know if you have any further questions or issues with either version of SciELO. I won’t be posting next week because I’ll be visiting family in Illinois, but I’ll make a post the following Thursday while I’m on the way up to a meeting in New Haven, LANE. Have a good weekend and thanks for reading.

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