Save Search History
A search history is a search query or multiple search queries that you save
to our server or to the hard drive of your computer, with the exception of
Author Search BETA. There is no limit to the number of search
histories you can save. To save a search history to our server, you must be a
registered user and you must sign in.
As of Summer 2019, RSS feeds are discontinued.
Save on Our Server
From the Search History page, click the Save History / Create Alert
button that displays in the Search History table to go to the Save
Search History overlay dialog.
Enter a name (without a file extension) in the Search History Name field. The
name can be a single word or a phrase.
Enter a description in the Description field. This step is
Check the Email Alerts checkbox to optionally save your
search history as an alert. Your institution must have a subscription to
alerting to select this feature.
Search History as an Alert
Click the Save button.
Click the Close button when you receive a message that your
history / alert has been saved.
Save on Your Workstation
Click the Save button under the Save to a Local Drive label
to open a dialog box.
Click the Save button on the dialog box. Note that some
browsers may have a Save File button.
In the next dialog box, navigate to the folder where you want to store the
search history file.
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, you can rename the file to my_search_history.wos).
Click the Save button.
Save a Search History as an Alert
If your organization subscribes to our alerting service, you can save a
search history as an alert.
Alerts automatically search the last update to the database and emails
relevant results to you. For example, if your search history is on
Nanotechnology, our system emails new works on this topic.
Creating a Search History Alert
- Perform a search.
- From the list of results, click Create an Alert.
- Type a name for the alert.
Send me email alerts is selected automatically. If you want
to save the search without receiving alerts, uncheck Send me email
alerts. If you decide you want to receive alerts after you save the
search, you can turn them on from the Searches and Alerts
- If you select Send me email alerts, you only receive alerts
when our system adds new results to your search. You can select Send me
emails when there are no results, if you rather receive alerts more
- Click Save.
Update a Search History Alert
You can update a saved search at any time.
From the Core Collection, click Searches and Alerts >
Saved Searches and Alerts. You can change the name of the
alert, its description, the frequency, and turn the alert off and on by toggling
between Inactive and Active. You don't need to
click a save button, because our system automatically saves all of your changes.
Alerts and Combine Sets
Only the results of the last search statement in a combination search
strategy are included in an e-mail alert. For example, for the alert below, the
results of set 3 would be e-mailed to you but 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 OR CADMIUM
Search History File Extensions
Remember, the default file name is always history (for example, history.wos).
You can rename the file, but do not change the extension.
Product and File Extension
- All Databases (.ua)
- Biological Abstracts (.bioabs)
- BIOSIS Citation Index (.bci)
- BIOSIS Previews (.biosis)
- CABI (.cabi)
- Chinese Science Citatin Index (.cscd)
- Current Contents Connect (.ccc)
- Data Citation Index (.drci)
- Derwent Innovations Index (.diisw)
- Food and Science Technology Abstracts (.fsta)
- Inspec (.inspec)
- Korean Journal Database (.kjd)
- MEDLINE (.medline)
- Russian Science Citation Index (.rsci)
- SciELO Citation Index (.sci)
- Web of Science Core Collection (.wos)
- Zoological Record (.zoorec)
Reminder - Register and Sign In
To view your saved searches, you must be a registered user and you must sign
You cannot use the following characters in a saved search history name.
Ampersand ( & )
Left angle bracket ( < )
Right angle bracket ( > )
Quotation marks ( " )