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:
Basic Search: Search Steps
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 settings.
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:
Search Operator Precedence
If you use different operators in your search, the search is processed according to this order of precedence: