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.


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.


Results Column

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


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.


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.


#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).


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)

See Save Search History for more information about this feature.


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.


Delete Sets

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


  • 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.


Search History Help Topics

This Help page includes information about the following topics.


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.


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.


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.