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Basic Search

Search for records from our product indexes. All successful searches are added to the Search History table. Remember to follow all applicable search rules when creating your search queries.

You can use up to 6,000 terms in a search query.

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Remember that the product uses an implicit AND operator when you enter two or more adjacent terms in most fields. For example:

Entering rainbow trout fish farm in a Topic or Title search is equivalent to entering rainbow AND trout AND fish AND farm -- both queries return the same number of results.

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Basic Search

  1. Go to the Timespan and More Settings sections of the search page if you need to change your search settings.

  2. Enter your search terms in one or more of search fields. Click the Add Another Field link to add more search fields to the Search page.

  3. Click Search to go to the Results page.

  4. Select a record to review, and then click the title link to go to the Full Record page for the selected record.

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Search Fields

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Did You Mean ...

All database products within the Web of Science platform includes a spell checker to check your search queries against common spellings and their variants in order to determine if an alternative spelling exists that would improve your search results.

To turn on this feature, select Modify Settings from the search page, and then select On from the "Auto-suggest publication names" option.

If the system determines that an alternative spelling exists, a Did You Mean text box appears offering you an alternative search query. The tool checks full terms -- not truncated terms or terms within quotation marks.

For example:

  • Did You Mean: Topic=(suggested search terms) [NNN results]

  • Did You Mean: (Topic=(suggested search terms) AND Author=(author name)) [NNN results]

If no results are found, and there are no Did You Mean suggestions, then the system displays a list of search tips with links to help and a training video.

If you select the Did You Mean suggestion, the system launches a new search and takes you to the Results page. The original search and the Did You Mean search both display in the Search History.

Important Note: Did You Mean only works for Topic and Title searches.

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Save Settings

The product allows you to save your settings. These settings are found under the More Settings section on any Search page.

You can save these settings so that they are available each time you begin a search session. For example, you can set your timespan settings to search All Years or Year to Date. Each time you begin a new session, the product remembers this setting and only searches for records added to the product within the specified timespan.

You must be a registered user and you must sign in to save your search settings.

  1. Select the desired timespan and/or indexes that you want to include in future searches.

  2. If you have not signed in, then click the sign in or register link that appears at the bottom of the Search page.

  3. Click the Save Settings button. The next time you sign into a new session, the product remembers your settings so you can immediately begin your research.

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How to Create a Citation Alert

When you create a citation alert, Thomson Reuters notifies you by e-mail whenever the document has been cited by a new article. The alert is active for one year. You may renew the alert at any time. We will send you an e-mail approximately two weeks before the alert expires to remind you to renew the alert.

To create an alert, you must be a registered user and you must sign in to Web of Science.

  1. Sign in to Web of Science.

  2. Run a search from the Search or Advanced Search page to find records for which you want to create a Citation Alert.

  3. From the Results page, select the title of a record to go to the Full Record page.

  4. Click the Create Citation Alert link to open the Create Citation Alert overlay dialog.

  5. Your e-mail name will appear in the EMail Address field. Select an e-mail format: Plain Text, HTML, EndNote, or Field Tagged.

  6. Click the Create Citation Alert link to create the citation alert for the current record

  7. Click the Close button to return to the Full Record page.

  8. Select Saved Searches & Alerts from the My Tools menu to go to the Saved Searches and Alerts page.

  9. Select the Citation Alerts tab to view the article for which you created the citation alert.

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Searching for Books and Book Chapters in the Web of Science Core Collection

The Book Citation Index allows you to search for scholarly books and book chapters using all of the fields currently available in the Web of Science Core Collection.

  1. Go to the More Settings section of the search page and select the following citation indexes. Be sure to clear the check boxes of the other indexes.

    • Book Citation Index–Science
    • Book Citation Index–Social Sciences & Humanities
  2. Change other features in the More Settings section such as sort options and number of records to display. (Optional)

  3. Select the Document Type field from the menu that appears at the end of a field.

  4. Select the Book and Book Chapter document types from the menu.

  5. Enter your search terms in the Topic, Title, Author, or other fields, and then click Search to go to the Results page.

Note: Full text links are available for the entire book or for a specific book chapter from the Full Record page.

Note: To learn about Book Citation Index, go to Book Citation Index in Web of Science.

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Interface Language

The interface language that you select determines the language of the on-screen instructions and help information. Consequently, search queries must always be in English. The results of your search are always in English.

See also Selecting an Inteface Language

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Search Operator Precedence

If you use different operators in your search, the search is processed according to this order of precedence:

  1. NEAR/x
  2. SAME
  3. NOT
  4. AND
  5. OR

More Information?

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Did You Know ...

The default search settings are:

Settings stay in effect until you clear them by clicking the Clear button.