Search for records from our product database. 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.


Implied AND Operator

Remember that the product uses an implicit AND operator when you enter two or more adjacent terms in most fields thereby allowing you to save time and effort when creating and entering search queries. 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.


General Search

  1. Go to the Current Limits section 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.


Search Fields


Add Another Field

  1. Click the Add Another Field link to add a new search field to the Search page.

  2. Click the Down arrow that appears at the end of the new field to display a menu.

  3. Select the needed field from the menu. For example, select Address, Document Type, Title, or any other field that appears on the menu.

  4. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 to add additional fields.

  5. Begin entering your search terms in the new field(s).


Save As My Defaults

The product allows you to save your Timespan and Database(s) settings. These settings are found under the Current Limits heading 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 the Latest 5 Years. Each time you begin a new session, the product remembers this setting and only searches for records that we have added to the product database within the last 5 years.

You must be a registered user and you must sign in to save your search settings; otherwise, the system resets the settings to the default settings originally defined in the product database.

To save your settings:

  1. Select the desired timespan and/or databases that you want to include in your current and/or future searches. Some products have only one database so there is no need to select a database. Other products may have multiple databases and/or editions that you can select and save.

  2. If you have not signed in, then click the sign in or register link that appears to the right of the Current Limits label to go to the Save My Setting page.

  3. Sign in by entering your e-mail address and password. If you are not a registered user of Web of Knowledge, then you must first register before you can save your search settings.

  4. When you return to the Search page, click the Save as My Defaults button. The next time you sign into a new session, the product remembers your settings so that you can immediately begin your research.


About Author / Editor Search Examples

The names that we use in the search examples may or may not exist in your product's database. They are simply names that we have created in order to show how you should format your search queries. For example, you may find some of these names in Web of Science but you may not find them in another product database to which your institution subscribes.


Search Language

All searches must be in English even if you select Chinese Simplified or Japanese as the interface language. The results of your search are always in English.



Do not use field tags in Search fields. For example, trying to use TS= in the Topic field to perform a Topic search will not work.

The use of field tags is not supported and will cause unpredictable retrieval of results. If you wish to use field tags in your search, go to the Advanced Search page where field tags are allowed.


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

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Did You Know ...

The default search limits are:

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