View the results of your search in an abbreviated record format. At the top of the page appears the search statement that retrieved the results, including the selected timespan and any selected data restrictions such as document types and languages.

All bibliographic records that appear on the Results page are source records. Source records are from items (journals, books, conferences, and patents) that we have indexed in a product. Every source record has a Full Record that you can access. Moreover, you can add every source record to your Marked List.


Displays the total number of times a published work was cited by other works.

Click the link to go to a Citing Articles page to view a Times Cited table that shows the number of times the record has been cited. The count comes from an All Databases times cited count and includes citations from all product databases in Web of Knowledge.

See also Times Cited


If you have OpenURL links enabled, a button is provided for every item to access the links resolver which can link you to the Full Text.

For more information, go to Thomson Reuters Links.

Read OpenURL Resolver for more information about this feature


You can set up links to navigate back and forth between Web of Knowledge records and the corresponding full-text documents and references to which your library subscribes.

To activate and manage full text links, go to the Thomson Reuters Links Web site and review the directions.

In the right-hand column, click the Links Team hyperlick to send an e-mail requesting that Thomson Reuters activate full text links for your institution.

Note: Some links may not work in a product database. In a few instances, you may receive an error message because the selected record is not a standard work and it does not appear on the publisher’s Web page. For example, the document may be a Preface or an Obituary. In other instances, the author of the document is Anonymous and no link is created.


Displays the abstract of the record in a scrolling box. The system links to the abstract from the highest precedence product database regardless of your entitlements. You may get an error message if the abstract comes from a database not in your subscription.


Web of Knowledge Records

Only records in your product subscription will appear in the results set. For example, if you have a subscription to Web of Science, then you will see records from this product. However, you will not see records from other products such as BIOSIS Citation Index.

In general, a source record that appears in more than one product database will only appear once on the Results page. However, you may see duplicate records for the same source item if the record has:

  • An anonymous author
  • A different first author
  • A patent number whose format varies from product to product


All Databases Full Records

Click the title link of any record to view the Full Record. At the top of the Full Record page, the system will identify the product from where the record originates. For example, Record from Web of Science.

If your institution subscribes to multiple products, such as Web of Science and BIOSIS Citation Index, then the name of the product that has precedence within your subscription service will appear at the top of the Full Record.

However, you can view the article of the same title in another database if you have a subscription to the database. Go to the Additional Information section in the right-hand column, and then click the product's link. In many instances, you may find different field information in that product.


What is a One-Click Search?

For linked names and terms that appear in a Full Record, click the link to retrieve all records in the product (within the selected timespan) that contain the selected author or term. The new set of results is automatically added to your Search History.


Refine Results Panel

Select one or more check boxes to display a ranked list of items extracted from records on the Results page. The most frequently occurring items appear at the top of the list. The number in parentheses shows the number of records that contain the item.


More Options / Values ... Link

Click the More Options / Values link within a category to display the first 100 items in that category.


You can further refine the results, exclude specific records, or sort records by record count or in alphabetical order.

  • To refine specific results, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Refine button to view only those results.

  • To exclude specific records, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Exclude button to remove those records from the results.


Research Domains (Scope Notes)

For more information about the research domains in the Refine Results feature, see our list of scope notes.



The product automatically applies lemmatization rules in Topic and Title search queries.

However, the search engine never applies lemmatization rules to terms in any category in a Refine Results search. When you perform a Refine Results search for a specific category, you may get a Refine count that is less than the initial Results count. This occurs because lemmatization is applied to terms in the Results count but not to terms in the Refine count.

See also Lemmatization Search Rules


Search within Results

To filter or reduce results on the Results page, enter a Topic query in the Search within Results text box, and then click Search. This search returns only those records in the original set that contain the topic term(s) you enter. The search terms may appear in any order within a retrieved record.

To search for an exact phrase within the results, enclose the phrase in quotation marks.

All searches are added to the Search History table.


Thomson Scientific WebPlus - View Web Results Link

WebPlus is an open Web search engine created by Thomson Reuters that harnesses the power of our editorial expertise, controlled vocabularies, and proprietary relevancy algorithms. It is designed to complement your search results, bringing the most relevant Web resources to the forefront for the professional researcher.


Create Citation Report

This function is available to customers who subscribe to one or more of the following products:

  • All Databases
  • Web of Science
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • Chinese Science Citation Database

The Create Citation Report link takes you to the Citation Report page where you can view aggregate citation statistics for the current set of records.

Note that the link does not display for searches that contain more than 10,000 records.


Why are English-language Records Retrieved when I Search in Chinese?

Sometimes an English record will appear on the Results page after you perform an All Databases search and your query is in Chinese. This occurs because the English record comes from a product database that has a higher precedence than the same record from the Chinese Science Citation Database.

For example, you perform an All Databases search entering Chinese characters for the journal title. The search returns an English record from Web of Science instead of retrieving the same record from the CSCD database. Why? Because the record from Web of Science has a higher precedence than the record from the Chinese Science Citation Database.

If you wish to view the same record from the Chinese Science Citation Database:

  1. Click the title of record that appears in the Results list to go to the Full Record page.

  2. Click the View Citation Data link that appears in the right-hand column under the "View this record in other databases" heading. 

  3. The product takes you from the Full Record in Web of Science to the same record in the Chinese Science Citation Database where you can view the record in both Chinese and English.


Results Help Topics

This Help page includes information about the following topics.


Output Records

Options to output records are available from the Results and Full Record pages.

  1. Select each record to include in the output.

  2. Select the data.

  3. Select an output option: print, e-mail, save, or export.

See also Output Records


Marked List

Add records to your Marked List where you can later print, save, e-mail, order, or export from the Marked List page.

  1. Select each record that you want to add to your Marked List.

  2. Click the Marked List Marked List icon icon.

  3. Click the Marked List link that appears in the menu bar to go to the Marked List page.

See also Marked List


Creating Customized Citation Reports

You can create a customized Citation Report by adding records to your Marked List from the Results and Full Record pages. From the Marked List page, click the Create Citation Report link to go to the Citation Report page where you can view aggregate citation statistics for the current set of marked records.


I Wrote These Publications Button

This feature allows you (or an authorized administrator) to add your published works to your publication list in ResearcherID. Use this feature if you see records that you wish to claim as your works.

  1. Select the record(s) that you want to include in your publication list.

  2. Click the I Wrote These Publications button.

  3. Follow the online instructions.

See also I Wrote These Publications


Designating Administrator Access

An administrator is an individual with a ResearcherID account who is associated with an organization or institution. The designated person can perform administrative activities within ResearcherID and utilize the ResearcherID upload web service. An administrator may be granted proxy access to the ResearcherID accounts of other researchers at your institution in order to manage and update their accounts.

For information on how to designate someone at your institution, go to ResearcherID Web Services.

Once there, go to the "How it Works" section of the Web page and click the Request Administrator Access link. Follow the online instructions.


Sort Options

There are a variety of ways in which you can sort and view the results of your search from the Results page. Go to the Sort By menu to select another sort option.

Want to know more?


About Sort Options

Records are normally sorted by Publication Date -- Newest to Oldest, the default sort.

However, you can change the default sort order by selecting a different sort option from the Search page under Results Settings.


EndNote Web Icon

An EndNote Web icon indicates the record has been saved to your EndNote Web library. Click the icon to go to your library.

This icon only appears if you have signed in and if the record is already in your EndNote Web library.

See also Save to EndNote Web


About Document Types

The All Databases function allows you to refine your results by Document Types. To view a list of comman document types, click this Documents Types.