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


Searching for Books and Book Chapters in Web of Science

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

  1. Go to the Current Limits section of the search page and select the following citation databases. Be sure to clear the check boxes of the other databases.

    • Book Citation Index–Science
    • Book Citation Index–Social Sciences & Humanities.
  2. Change other features in the Current Limits 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: See Results for more information about the features available from 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 more about Book Citation Index, go to Book Citation Index in Web of Science.


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.


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.

Follow the steps below in order to create a Citation Alert in Web of Knowledge / Web of Science. Note that to create an alert, you must be a registered user and you must sign in to Web of Knowledge.

  1. Sign in to Web of Knowledge.

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

  3. From the Results page, click on the title of the record in the results set to go to the Full Record page.

  4. On the right-hand side, click the Create Citation Alert button to go to the My Cited Articles List - Save Confirmation page.

  5. Click the OK button to create the citation alert for the current record and to return to the Full Record page.

  6. Click the My Citation Alerts link at the top of the window to go to the My Cited Articles List page to see the record of the article for which you created the citation alert.


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.


FAQs about Conference Proceedings

Go to our FAQ page on Conference Proceedings to see a list of common questions about Conference Proceedings records in Web of Science.