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.
Adding a new field also sets the second field to the AND operator. You can change the AND operator to OR or NOT.
Please note that your settings are applied to all product databases in your subscription package.
Note: Administrators may set to display one to three search fields as the default search fields for their entire institution.
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:
Implicit AND Operator
The product uses an implicit AND operator when you enter two or more adjacent terms in most fields. For example, entering rainbow trout fish farm in the search field is equivalent to entering rainbow AND trout AND fish AND farm; both queries return the same number of results.
Basic Search: Search Steps
Did You Mean ...
All database products within the Web of Science platform includes a spell checker to check your search queries against common spellings and their variants in order to determine if an alternative spelling exists that would improve your search results.
To turn on this feature, select Modify Settings from the search page, and then select On from the "Auto-suggest publication names" option.
If the system determines that an alternative spelling exists, a Did You Mean text box appears offering you an alternative search query. The tool checks full terms -- not truncated terms or terms within quotation marks.
If no results are found, and there are no Did You Mean suggestions, then the system displays a list of search tips with links to help and a training video.
If you select the Did You Mean suggestion, the system launches a new search and takes you to the Results page. The original search and the Did You Mean search both display in the Search History.
Important Note: Did You Mean only works for Topic and Title searches.
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:
The interface language that you select determines the language of the on-screen instructions and help information. Consequently, search queries must always be in English. The results of your search are always in English.
Search Operator Precedence
If you use different operators in your search, the search is processed according to this order of precedence:
Did You Know ...
The default search limits are:
Certain fields do not exist in the Inspec Archive - Science Abstracts 1898-1968. They include:
If you search by any of these fields, you will not retrieve records from the archive.