Try the Book Citation Index

The Library has another three-month trial of Thomson Reuter’s ‘Book Citation Index’ in the ‘Web of Knowledge’ (WoK).  The Book Citation Index (BKCI) does exactly what the journal citation indexes do, in that it maintains a count of the number of times a book or a chapter in a book is cited in other published works.  Currently, there are 30,000 editorially selected books in the database, which date from 2005 onwards.   These make up 15.7 million of the newly cited references in WoK, and Reuters aims to add approximately 10,000 new books per year.  Thirty-four percent of the books belong to the Social and Behavioural Sciences whilst eighteen percent are in the Arts and Humanities. The rest are books in the sciences.  Information on how material is selected for inclusion in the database and a full list of publishers is available on the site.

Reuters continue to develop the functionality of the database and since the first trial in October 2011, the enhancements include:

  • Reciprocal links to/from book records and book chapters;
  • Accurate citation counts from journals, conference proceedings and other books; and
  • Full bibliographies from books and book chapters

An online tutorial is a good starting point for searching this new citation index.  Access to the Web of Knowledge is from the ‘Other Databases‘ page or from the Databases, A-Z guide.

The Library would very much like your views on this new resource.  Access comes at a price so please let us know whether you believe this resource will be useful for your research and whether you think it provides value for money. You can do this by filling in an online survey which can be accessed here.

Nazlin Bhimani

About Nazlin Bhimani

Research Support and Special Collections Librarian, UCL Institute of Education, London
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