The Web of Science accesses multidisciplinary databases of bibliographic information gathered from more than 10,000 scientific, peer reviewed journals, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences. The databases are indexed so you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. This so-called Cited Reference Searching lets you use a given work as if it were a subject term to identify more recent articles on the same topic. Once you have found a relevant record, you can click a link to a list of related records that share common references with the article you are viewing. These two types of searching often locate relevant articles that cannot be retrieved through traditional subject-author searching.
Disciplines included in this index are agriculture, biological sciences, engineering, medical and life sciences, physical and chemical sciences, anthropology, law, library sciences, architecture, dance, music, film and theater.