Wednesday, February 3, 1999
John Ober (510) 987-0174
Terry Colvin (510) 987-9198


The California Digital Library and the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) have signed an agreement giving more than 300,000 scholars, students, and staff access to the three ISI Citation Databases via the Web of Science software. The databases include the Science Citation Index ExpandedTM, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

The citation databases allow researchers and students to track the use of a journal article, even if published years ago. Scholars can discover newly published material as well as follow the evolution and use of ideas and research.

The nine campuses of the University of California Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz are collaborating with the California Digital Library (CDL) in a joint investment for new resources for the university system. All of the campuses representing more than 173,000 students and 140,000 faculty and staff are participating in the Web of Science agreement.

Complementing the physical libraries on UCs nine campuses, the CDL selects, builds, manages, preserves and provides access to shared collections of high-quality digital materials for the university and its partners. The CDL opened to the public via a Web site linked comprehensively to collections and services on Jan. 20.

Through its "Directory of Collections and Services" the new CDL Web site provides a single point of entry for access to the Web of Science database, other journal article abstracting and indexing databases, and online collections of primary source materials. It complements the Melvyl Union Catalog of UC-owned print and non-print material, as well as campus-based catalogs and Web sites, by directing patrons to a catalog or database search or directly to electronic journals, finding aids and other digital resources.

"The California Digital Library provides a single point of access for our users regardless of their location to shared collections and services," said John Ober, CDLs assistant director for education and communication. "We are very pleased to include the Web of Science in this collaborative effort. The Web of Science is an outstanding and unique resource for providing access to very important bibliographic and cited reference material and offers our users the ability to trace original research concepts forward and backward in time as well as through a wealth of scholarly material."

"We are delighted to be able to offer this powerful information resource to the students, faculty and researchers at these prestigious California institutions," said Keith MacGregor, ISIs vice president, for academic and government markets. "The Web of Science offers a key starting point for all levels of research and the enhanced capabilities of this database provide the user with excellent results."

Additional information about the California Digital Library may be found at the CDL Web site at

ISI is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., and has offices worldwide. ISI produces information databases for researchers, information specialists and administrators in a range of fields, including chemistry, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, engineering and business. These products are available in a variety of formats with recent emphasis on Web-based delivery.

Today, ISI maintains one of the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary, bibliographic databases of research information in the world. This database covers over 16,000 international journals, books and proceedings.

In addition to the Web of Science, ISI provides a number of current awareness products, including Current Contents, a journal-based current awareness database that is available on the Web via Current Contents ConnectTM. ISI also offers alerting services and a line of structure databases for organic chemists. The ISI document delivery service, ISI Document SolutionSM, and a range of bibliographic management tools complement all of its products.

For more information about ISI or its products, visit its Web site at


Editors: For additional information on the CDL, please call John Ober, CDL assistant director for education & communication, (510) 987-0174; or contact him by e-mail at

For information about the Institute for Scientific Information, please call Michelle Brown, associate manager corporate communications, (215) 386-0100, ext. 1396; or contact her by e-mail at

Additional information about the California Digital Library may be found at the CDL website,

For information about other UC technology innovations, contact Terry Colvin, senior public information representative in the UC Office of the President, (510) 987-9198; or contact him by e-mail at