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Good Bye Current Contents, Hello Web of Knowledge/Web of Science.

Good Bye Current Contents, Hello Web of Knowledge/Web of Science.

Good Bye Current Contents, Hello Web of Knowledge/Web of Science.

The Current Contents database will no longer be accessible as of January 1, 2005
The Libraries staff recommends Web of Science as an excellent alternative, as Current Contents cites are fully contained in the Web of Science database.

The Web of Science provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,830 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.  Updated weekly, Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present), and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present).  Researchers can set up automatic alerts to receive weekly email messages on topics of interest. In fact, you may find that you retrieve more content by searching Web of Science.

Background: Current Contents was launched in 1990, the second end-user database after MEDLINE. UC students and faculty have relied for many years on Current Contents to provide a simple and effective general interdisciplinary database and table-of-contents alerting service. However, there is a content overlap of 100% for Current Contents in the larger Web of Science. University of California Resource Sharing Fund was cut substantially for 2003/2004 and subsequent years. The University Librarians asked the systemwide Collection Development Committee (CDC) to review the databases funded by the Shared Collections and Acquisitions Program (SCAP) for possible cuts. The CDC then asked the Joint Steering Committee on Shared Collections (JSC) to do an initial review, set deselection criteria and guidelines, and provide preliminary recommendations. The JSC identified several possible databases for deselection. After extensive campus input was gathered on the JSC recommendations, the University Librarians endorsed the recommendations to cancel the Computer Database and the National Newspaper Index (both distributed by Gale) as of July 1, 2004 and Current Contents (distributed by Thompson ISI) as of December 31, 2004.  In reviewing the SCAP budget and content overlap of targeted databases, the JSC discussed Current Contents at length. While the JSC recognizes that Current Contents has historically been a widely used database, it is no longer desirable to pay for 100% duplicative digital content in the current UC budget environment. More information about this decision is available at the FAQ on:

Workshops: The Libraries will be offering special workshops late Fall quarter and Winter quarter for Current Contents researchers who need to transition to Web of Science.  More workshops will be added as needed.

Alert Availability: The CDL has negotiated for free alerts in Web of Science. For information on setting up Journal or Subject (topical) Alerts in Web of Science, click here. In addition, there a number of other free alerting services available to database and ejournal users. For information on setting up Alerts/Updates in other databases, click here or consult a reference librarian. 

If you have questions about the transition, please contact a library reference desk, the Subject Specialist for your area, or Lizbeth Langston, the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science liaison.

Access to this resource is possible from off campus. Click on  Connect from Home Instructions for more information.Head, Science Information Services
on campus: x2-3529
off campus: 827-3529



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