A search history is a search query or sequence of queries that you save to
either the ISI Web of Knowledge server or to the hard drive of your computer.
There is no limit to the number of search histories you can save.
Save on the ISI Web of Knowledge
On the Save Search History page, enter a name (without a file extension) in
the History Name field. The name can be a single word or a phrase.
Enter a description in the Description field. (This step is optional.)
See Search History Alerts for information on
how to answer the remaining fields.
Click the Save button.
Click Done to complete the process when the Server Save Confirmation
page notifies you that your search history is saved.
Web of Knowledge knows automatically what product the search history belongs
to and the number of queries the history contains.
Search History Alerts /
Modify History Settings
If your organization subscribes to the alerting service, you can save a search
history as an alert. The alert automatically searches the latest update to the
database, and then sends all relevant results to you by e-mail. For example, if
your search history is on Nanotechnology, the system will send you all new articles
on this topic.
is not available for searches from the All Databases tab in ISI Web of Knowledge.
- Select the Send Me E-mail Alerts check box.
- Enter an e-mail address in the Send to e-mail address field. Use a comma (,) and a space to separate multiple addresses.
- Select an Alert type (some alert types may
not be available for certain products):
Notification that this week's results are available. If results are available,
log onto ISI Web of Knowledge and then open and run the search history.
Be aware that the number of results reported in the e-mail may not be the same
as the number of results you get when you perform the search because you may have
selected different database limits or a different timespan before running the
includes author names, article titles, source information, document type, language,
Thomson Reuters Document Solution® number, and ISSN/ISBN. This
is the default setting.
|Biblio + Abstract
and author abstract.
author abstract, keywords, address information, and publisher information.
- Select an E-mail format (some formats
may not be available for certain products):
ASCII text file.
||Hypertext Markup Language.
This format is suitable for display by a Web browser.
A field-delimited format that can be imported directly into a database created
in Reference Manager, ProCite, or EndNote.
is the same format as Field Tagged.
A field-delimited format suitable for use with citation management software
- Reference Manager®
use one of these Thomson Reuters products, then we recommend that you select
the Field Tagged format to simplify the import process.
- Select a frequency option.
Select this option to receive an email if the search retrieves records added
since the previous day's update.
Only available for Current Contents Connect.
||Select this option to
receive an email once a week. The e-mail will notify you of records that have
been added since the date of the previous e-mail.
Select this option to receive an email once a month. The e-mail will notify
you of records that have been added since the date of the previous e-mail.
You will receive an e-mail each time the database is updated.
Only available for Derwent Innovations Index.
|Every 4 Updates
You will receive an e-mail after every fourth update.
Only available for Derwent Innovations Index.
available to you depend on which database is searched. For example, the options
available for Web of Science are Weekly and Monthly. For Derwent Innovations
Index, the options are Each Update and Every 4 Updates.
change the frequency option after the alert has been activated:
You may receive duplicate alerts if you elect to receive alerts less frequently
(for example, change from weekly to monthly).
You may miss alerts if you elect to receive alerts more frequently. For example,
if you change from monthly to weekly, the first weekly alert you receive may not
contain all relevant records since the last monthly alert was sent to you. This
gap only occurs once. After you start receiving weekly alerts, you will
not miss any relevant records.
If you see
the error message, "The limit for the number of alerts has been reached,"
your institution has not purchased any alerts, or you have reached the maximum
number of alerts purchased. Contact your System Administrator about your interest
in setting up an alert.
You can change alert settings at any time by going to the Search History page.
Click the My Saved Searches link at the top of any ISI Web of Knowledge
From the Open / Manage Saved Searches page, select a product database from
the Display Histories From list, and then press Go.
Find the alert you want to update, and then click Settings under Modify
From the Saved Histories page, make the necessary changes, and then click Save.
Remember, if you set a search limit before creating an alert (that is, select
a particular edition of Current Contents), that limit will apply whenever
the alert is run. However, it doesn't matter what timespan is in effect when you
create the alert. Alerts are always run against the latest update.
Only the results of the last search statement in a strategy (typically a set
combination search) are included in the alert. For example, for the alert below,
the results of set 3 would be e-mailed to the subscriber. The results of sets
1 and 2 would not be included in the alert.
||#1 AND #2
||AD=(GERMANY OR POLAND)
||TS=(WATER SAME (COPPER
Save Search History on
Click the Save button to open a dialog box.
Click the Save button on the dialog box.
In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the folder where you want to
store your search history.
You will see the default file name (for example, history.wos) in the File name
field. You can rename the file, but do not change the extension (for example, supernova.wos).
Search History File Extensions
Remember, the default file name is always history (for example, history.ccc). You
can rename the file, but do not change the extension (for example, supernova.ccc).
|Web of Science
|Current Contents Connect
|Derwent Innovations Index
|Food and Science Technology Abstracts
Reminder - Register and Sign In
To save a search history to our server, you must be a
registered user and you must sign in.
About Search History Alerts
You will not receive an e-mail if the search does not retrieve any records
added since the last alert.
E-mails are generally sent each week on Friday morning (US Eastern Standard
There may be a limit to the number of alerts you can create. Contact your
site administrator for more information.
E-mailed results are limited to 300 records. If the e-mail says that there
are 300 new records, you should run the strategy manually to be sure to find any
new records over and above the 300 limit.
Your alert will be deleted after 24 weeks. You will be notified twice via e-mail
in the weeks prior to the expiration date reminding you to renew your alert for
another 24 weeks.