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Related Records

View a list of records that cite at least one document cited by the parent record identified at the top of the page. Related Records are ranked according to the number of references they share with the parent record.

The assumption behind Related Records searching is that articles that cite the same works have a subject relationship, regardless of whether their titles, abstracts, or keywords contain the same terms. The more cited references two articles share, the closer the subject relationship.

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This Help page includes information about the following topics.

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Accessing Related Records

Related Records may be accessed from one of three locations.

  • The body of a Full Record page,
  • The right-hand panel of a Full Record page, or
  • The Cited References page.

When the Related Records page is accessed from a Full Record page, the product displays records related to a single record whose name appears at the top of the page.

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About Related Records

When you access the Related Records page from the Cited References page, the product displays records related to a set of selected records that appear in the Cited References list. If you deselect any references on the Cited References page, then those records are not factored into the Related Records algorithm.

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About Author Names

The product displays up to three names followed by "et.al." if there are more than three names. The format of names depend on the database product that you are using (for example, last name followed by first name or last name followed by initials).

The term [Anonymous] appears in the Author Name field for all anonymous authors.

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About English and Chinese Data

If both English and Chinese data are available for the primary document, the product displays both languages on separate lines with the Chinese data coming before the English data.

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How We Calculate Related Records

We calculate Related Records based on all Cited References within a product database. If you deselect any references on the Cited References page, then those records are not factored into the Related Records algorithm.

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Related Records Example

Related Records is an excellent way of finding "more like this" articles. For example:

  1. Assume your query honeybee* AND hearing found an article by WH Kirchner titled "Hearing in Honeybees - The Mechanical Response of the Bees Antenna to Near-Field Sound" that is highly relevant to your field of inquiry.

  2. You click Cited References to look at the article's cited references.

  3. All 29 references look relevant to your work, so you leave all the items checked (the default), and then click Find Related Records.

  4. The Related Records page displays articles whose reference lists include at least one of the items cited by the Kirchner article.

  5. You observe that some of the Related Records were among the results found by your initial search, but many of them were not because their titles and abstracts do not contain the words honeybees and hearing. However, they do contain words like bees, honey-bee, honey bee, acoustical, communication, signals, and other terms synonymous with or closely related to terms in your initial query.

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This link displays the abstract of the record in a scrolling box. The system links to the abstract from the highest precedence product database regardless of your entitlements.

Be aware that you may get an error message if the abstract comes from a product database that is not in your subscription service. For example, you will receive an error message if the abstract comes from Web of Science but your institution does not subscribe to this product.

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Available Options

Visit the Results Help page for information about:

  • Refine Results
  • Search within Results
  • Analyze Results
  • Output Records
  • Marked List
  • Times Cited Count
  • and more ...

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Shared References

To view shared references, click the number in the Shared Refs column to go to the Shared References page.

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Cited Refs Column

The number in the Cited Refs column is the total number of references in the record's cited reference list.

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Did You Know ...

Related Records are sorted from most relevant to least relevant - most related records listed first.

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Check Mark Icon

A check mark Check mark icon icon that appears to the left of a record indicates the record has been selected and added to your Marked List in Web of Knowledge.

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EndNote Web Icon

An EndNote Web EndNote Web icon icon that appears to the left of a record indicates the record has been saved to your EndNote Web library in Web of Knowledge. Click the icon to go to your EndNote Web library.

This icon only appears if you have signed in and if the record is already in your EndNote Web library. For information on how to save a record to your library, see Save to EndNote Web.