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ISI Web of Science (WoS) is a leading citation database cataloging over 10,000 journals and over 120,000 conferences. Access it via the "Web of Science" tab at (note: access to this database requires a paid subscription). Along with Scopus, ISI WoS provides some of the most useful datasets for scientometric analysis.
To find all publications by an author, search for the last name and the first initial followed by an asterisk in the author field. To find papers by Eugene Garfield, enter Garfield E* in the author field. The search yielded 1,551 results on January 23, 2014, 500 of which can be downloaded at a time, see Figure 4.2.

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Figure 4.2: ISI Web of Science search interface and ISI Web of Science search results

To download the first 500 article records with citations, go to the bottom of the page, and from the drop down menu, select "Save to Other File Formats". A box will appear on the screen where you can manually select records '1' to '500', select 'Full Record and Cited References', select 'Save to Plain Text' in the drop down menu, and then click send, see figure 4.3a. This process can be repeated to obtain records and citations by adjusting the manually selected records by units of 500, e.g. select records "501" to "1000" for the Garfield example.

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Figure 4.3a: Saving records from Web of Science