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Search History Table

The Search History table appears at the bottom of the Advanced Search and Search History pages for all product databases. Whenever you perform a search, the results of your search display in the Search History table.

When performing an All Databases search, the Search History table appears at the bottom of the Search History page.

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What Does the Search History Table Display?

Set Column

Displays the number of the search set (#1, #2, #3, etc.). Search sets are listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent search set at the top of the table.

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Results Column

Displays the total number of results retrieved, along with a link that takes you to the Results page.

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A Chemical Structure icon indicates the record contains structure data. You must have a subscription to one or both chemical databases in order to create structures and to search for compounds and reactions.

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Search History Details Column

Displays field tags, search terms, timespan, and other information in the Search History table.

The phrase "Refined by" will appear before each set that you create using the Search within Results, Refine Results, and Analyze Results options.

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View Structure Drawing Link

This link allows you to view the structure that retrieved the reactions or compounds in the results set. You cannot modify the structure image. You can, however, copy the structure and paste the image in the Structure Drawing box on the search page in order to create a new chemical search query.

Note: You must have a subscription to one or both chemical databases in order to see this link.

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Edit Search Sets

The Edit feature allows you to overwrite an existing query or to create a new query from a previously run query. This feature also lets you overwrite or create a new query from a previously run set combination.

Use this feature to narrow the number of results that the system originally returned or to correct syntax errors in the original query.

  1. Go to the Current Limits section of the search page if you need to change your search settings. For example, you can change your timespan or you can turn on or off the Lemmatization feature.

  2. Click the Edit link under the Edit Sets column in the Search History table. The product takes you to the text box at the top of the page. The color of the Advanced Search page turns a shade of blue.

  3. Select either Overwrite existing set (default option) to edit the existing search set or select Create new set to create a new set from the existing set. If you select Create new set, a new set will appear in the Search History table.

  4. Enter your search query in the Advanced Search text box using the two-character field tags.

  5. Click Search to complete the process. Click Cancel to stop the operation.

  6. In the Search History table, click the link in the Results column to view the results of your search.

Did You Know ... That if you launch the Edit Set function from the Search History page, the product opens the Advanced Search page in Edit mode and keeps you on the Advanced Search page when you complete the Edit function?

Did You Also Know ... That you can save your edited search sets as an Alert?

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Combine Sets

The search sets are listed in the Search History table in reverse numerical order - the most recently created set is at the top of the table.

To combine two or more sets:

  1. Click the AND or OR option under the Combine Sets column.

  2. Select the check box under the Combine Sets column of each set that you want to combine.

  3. Click the Combine button.

  4. Click the link in the Results column to view the results of your search.

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Combine Structure Searches

You can use set numbers to combine two structure searches that retrieved compound records. Similarly, you can combine two structure searches that retrieved reaction records.

Note: You cannot combine a structure search that retrieved compound records with a structure search that retrieved reaction records. In other words, you cannot combine reaction and compound searches.

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Combine Structure Searches with Bibliographic Searches

When you combine a set created from a structure search with a set created from a search for bibliographic information in any database, the result of the set combination will be a number of article records.

Also, note that if you use AND to combine a set created from a search of the Science Citation Index with a set created from a search of Index Chemicus and/or Current Chemical Reactions, there may be no intersection between the sets if the timespan for each search is Latest 1, 2, or 4 weeks. If you want to limit results to the most recent 1, 2, or 4 weeks, go to the Date & Database Limits page, select all five databases, and then perform the search.

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#1 AND #2

Finds all records that appear in both set #1 and set #2.

#2 OR #3

Finds all records that are in set #2 and all records that are in set #3, including records common to both sets.

#1 AND #2 AND #4 AND #6

Finds all records that are common to all sets (#1, #2, #4, and #6).

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Save History / Create Alert

This feature allows you to save your search queries to a search history file that you can retrieve and open at a later date.

Click the Save History / Create Alert button to go to the Save Search History page where you can save your work to the host server or to your local workstation.

You can save up to 40 search sets from the Search History table. A search history contains the search query and the selected limits for each search query. For example:

Topic=(Risk Factors) AND Author=(Cagnin A)
Databases=SCI-EXPANDED, SSCI, A&HCI, CPCI-S, CPCI-SSH, BKCI-S, BKCI-SSH, CCR-EXPANDED, IC Timespan=All Years
Lemmatization=On

See Save Search History for more information about this feature.

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Open Saved History

  1. From the Search History page, click the Open Saved History button in the Search History table to go to the Open / Manage Saved Searches page.

  2. Open the needed search history file from the host server or from your local workstation.

  3. After you open the search history file, the product takes you to the View History page. Click the Run Search button.

  4. If desired, change your timespan, search, and results settings.

  5. Click the Continue button to go to the Search History page.

  6. Click the number link under the Results column to go to the Results page where you can view and output your records.

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Caution:

You cannot perform a search on a search history that contains a chemistry query that was created in a previous version of Web of Science. You need to recreate a new chemical structure using the Accelrys JDraw applet that we provide on the Structure Search page.

You cannot copy and paste a chemistry query that you created from a previous version of Web of Science or from other drawing tools such as ISIS Draw. You must use the Accelrys JDraw applet that we provide in the Structure Drawing box to create all structure drawings.

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Delete Sets

  • Select the check box in the Delete Sets column of the unwanted search query, and then click Delete.

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  • Click the Select All button to select all search queries, and then click Delete.

Dependent Sets: After you click Delete, the product checks for dependent sets. Selected sets that are not referenced in other sets are deleted. If, however, a set is referenced in a set that is not selected for deletion, the product returns the following error message.

At least one of the sets you have selected to delete is referenced in a set combination. We have marked the affected set combinations for you. Please verify the checkmarks and click DELETE to remove the sets.

In this instance, the product marks the Delete Sets check box of both the original set marked for deletion and the referenced set. You can either delete both sets or neither set.

Example 1: You create a set combination (set #3) that includes sets #1 and #2. You cannot delete set #1 because set #3 (the referenced set) is dependent on set #1. You can, however, delete both sets #1 and #3.

Example 2: You create a set (set #2) by using the Refine Results option from the Results page. You cannot delete this set because it is dependent upon the original parent set (set #1). You can, however, delete both sets.

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Search History Help Topics

This Help page includes information about the following topics.

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About SAME and Saved Searches

When you open a search history file created from a previous version of the product, your search may yield more results if you had used the SAME operator in your query. In the current version of Web of Knowledge, the SAME operator works exactly like AND in most fields (such as the Topic and Title fields).

For example, the search query:

TS=Bird Migration SAME TS=South America*

Is automatically translated in the current version of the product into:

TS=Bird Migration AND TS=South America*

and produces a larger set of search results than the original query.

When opening a saved search history file from a previous version of the product, consider revising your query if you had used the SAME operator in the query.

Note: The exception to the rule discussed, here, is the Address field where SAME operator rules still apply.

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Caution ...

Do not try to open a saved history file by selecting Open from the File menu on your Web browser or by double-clicking the file from Microsoft® Explorer. These two procedures will not work.

Always open a saved search history by selecting Open Saved History from the Advanced Search or Search History page.

You can also open a saved search history by selecting My Saved Searches from the menu bar at the top of a page.

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Saving Search Queries

You can save up to 40 search sets from the Search History table. If the table contains more than 40 sets, then a message appears above the 40th row indicating that the sets below this point can be saved, but those at row 41 and above cannot be saved.

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Combining Sets from ...

You are able to combine search sets created from any of the following functions within the product database.

  • Search
  • Advanced Search
  • Cited Reference Search
  • Refine Results
  • Search within Results
  • Analyze Results