I decided to look at the second link, “Computation modeling of acute myocardial infarction.” Clicking on it, I was taken to a page containing the basic article information, abstract, and other publishing information. Another useful and unexpected feature included was the citation information which took up the right side of the page. Here the database lists how many times the article has been cited, where it is cited, and what/how many citations it makes. The article I was looking at is due to be published in July 2016, so it unsurprisingly has not been cited anywhere. In older articles, however, this  would be an extremely useful tool. Citation analysis is good for judging the value and importance of an article. It is also very valuable for finding newer articles on similar topics.

Clearly, Web of Science has many very useful qualities for health care searching. But of course there are downsides. It is a collection of citations only, so not all of the articles listed can be readily obtained (mine, for example, hasn’t even been published yet). Additionally, the database doesn’t index for full text searching, so searches can overlook small details hidden in the text. The fact that it is so widely interdisciplinary also means that it lacks the thoroughness of health care article coverage which more specialized databases such as PubMed or CINAHL have. Overall, however, Web of Science is an excellent resource for performing health care research.

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