Michigan State University

We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new catalog. The old catalog will no longer be available beginning October 1st.

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Note: Borrowing from other Michigan libraries through MeLCat continues to be suspended until further notice.

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Web of Science Data Access

The databases included in the Web of Science Core Collection comprise one of the most comprehensive citation resources in the world for academic publications, covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Because the Web of Science includes an index of citations, it is especially useful as a resource for bibliometric studies.

MSU users have access to the Web of Science platform to search this data, but they may also be interested in building and downloading custom datasets to perform computational or statistical analysis. There are several different options for extracting such datasets:


CADRE is an interface supported by the Big 10 Academic Alliance and developed at Indiana University, offering an interface to query Web of Science, Microsoft Academic Graph, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent data. The platform features a user-friendly interface, but does have several limitations. Not all fields can be searched, and the size of result datasets is currently limited to 50,000 records. CADRE is under constant development so features may be added or changed. Read more about CADRE.

Instructions to get started:

  1. After following the “Get Started” link on the CADRE home page, click “Log in to CADRE.”

  2. Choose “cilogin” from the dialogue box that appears, then select “Michigan State University,” and follow the steps to log in with your NetID.

  3. Choose “Query Builder” to get started with a search.

  4. Use the “Job Status” link at the top of the screen to check if your search is complete.

  5. Click on the “Result File” link to view your results in spreadsheet format.

  6. Right click to download the file, or use code to analyze your results within the browser-based Jupyter Notebook interface.

Web of Science API Expanded

The Web of Science API Expanded, one of a number of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that can be used to query the Web of Science, is a “premium” product available at MSU, possibly for a limited time. For researchers who want to build more sophisticated queries to search and filter publication, citation, and funder data automatically, it offers full customization and flexibility, but requires some technical skill and coding ability to get up and running.

Use of these APIs requires a user account and a "registered application" (which needn’t be a software application as such, but rather just a codename to identify the individual data-gathering project).

At the Clarivate developers page, click “Get started”: The 4 steps delineated there should take you through the process of requesting credentials for access to a given API. Under step 3, “Subscribe”, please note that some APIs, including the API Expanded, do require manual administrative approval, so access won't be granted automatically or instantly.

Raw Web of Science XML Data

If none of the above options work for you, or if you have a project idea that entails working with the entire Web of Science dataset, MSU Libraries can offer you a bulk download in XML. Please be forewarned this data is extremely large (in the range of terabytes) and unwieldy to work with — but please do get in touch with any questions or if you would like to request access.


Contact us at LIB.DL.rdmgteam@msu.edu if you have questions about accessing Web of Science data.