Search for records from our product indexes. All successful searches are
added to the Search History table. Remember
to follow all applicable search rules when
creating your search queries.
You can select up to three fields on the Search page as your default search
fields. You can enter up to 6,000 terms in a search query.
Your settings are applied to all product databases in your subscription
package; administrators may set to display one to three search fields as the
default search fields for their entire institution.
Adding a new field also sets the second field to the AND operator. You can
change the AND operator to OR or NOT.
We recommend users search terms in the language of the local interface
language they select. For example, if you select the Arabic language, type
search terms in Arabic. Your search results may not always be accurate when you
combine two different language (e.g., English and Arabic).
For advanced search, you can use field tags, Boolean characters, and
wildcards. However, as you type in the advanced search field, the local language
dictates how field tags, Boolean characters, wildcards display in the field.
For example, in the Arabic local interface, if you type #1 OR #3 in
the advanced search field, the text displays: OR #1 #3 and will return
the correct results based on #1 OR #3.
Note: Author and publication source name search aids are
always in English regardless of the selected local interface language.
Default Number of Search Fields to Display
This feature allows you to select the number of search fields to display when
you begin a new search. You can always add more fields to your search or you can
remove search fields from the Search page.
You can select:
One field to search. The default field is always Topic. You can always select
a different field to search.
Three fields to search. The default fields are always Topic, Author, and
Publication Name. You can always select different fields to search.
Add Another Field. The default field is always Topic. You can always select a
different field to search.
Basic Search: Search Steps
Go to the Timespan and
More Settings sections of the search page if
you need to change your search settings.
Enter your search terms in one or more of search fields.
The following options are also available when you perform a search.
The Add Another Field link allows you to add more search
fields to the Basic Search page.
The Reset Form link lets you clear any search queries that
you have entered. This action resets the search page to the original search
fields This action applies to the Author search and Cited Reference Search.
The Select from Index link allows you to select an item
(such as a publication name or an author name) when you perform a Publication
Name or Author search.
The Auto-suggest Publication Names option allows you to turn
on or off suggestions for publication names. When this feature is ON, the
product provides a list of publication names based on the characters that you
enter in the search field. For example, if you enter CANC, the
product displays a list of publications that begins with these four characters,
such as Cancer Biology Therapy and Cancer Investigation.
The Default Number of Search Fields to Display option allows
you to select only the Topic field or you can select the Topic, Author, and
Publication Name fields.
The Save Settings option allows you to save your settings
for future search sessions.
- Click Search to go to the Results page.
The product allows you to save your settings. These settings are found under
the More Settings section 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 All
Years or Year to Date. Each time you begin a new session, the product
remembers this setting and only searches for records added to the
product within the specified timespan.
You must be a registered user and you must sign in to save your search
Select the desired timespan and/or indexes that you want to include in future
If you have not signed in, then click the sign in or register
link that appears at the bottom of the Search page.
- Click the Save Settings button. The next time you sign into
a new session, the product remembers your settings so you can
immediately begin your research.
How to Create a Citation Alert
A citation alert is emailed to you when a document you specify is cited by a
new article. Only registered users signed into the Web of Science can
create alerts. To create an alert:
Sign into Web of Science.
Run a search from the Search or Advanced Search page to find records for
which you want to create a citation alert.
From the Results page, select the title of a record to open the Full Record
Click Create Citation Alert.
Click Create Citation Alert to create a citation alert for
the current record.
Click Close to return to the Full Record page.
Select Saved Searches & Alerts from the My
Tools to open the Saved Searches and Alerts page.
Select the Citation Alerts tab to view the article for which
you created the citation alert.
Search Operator Precedence
If you use different operators in your search, the search is processed
according to this order of precedence: