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Library Research Guides

Web of Science Core Collection

Describes how to access and to search the Web of Science database.

Working with Search Results

After a search is run, WOS will display a list of records. The total number of records, and the number of pages of results, will appear near the top of the screen. To view any record, click on the title. Among other things, records will show the article title, author(s), publication name, document information, an abstract, keywords, cited references, times cited, funding information if appropriate, a link to the journal impact for the publication, and links to the full text of the article.

Cited References refers to the author's bibliography, and lists the earlier articles which the author used. Times Cited refers to later citations of this article in other articles, by other authors building on this work.

You may refine your results to further focus your results (e.g. by broad subject categories, publication dates, document types, open access availability, authors/organizations, etc.).

Example of Web of Science search results filters

You may sort your results by publication date, times cited, usage count or relevance. Click on the Analyze Results link to rank your results by specific parameters.  

Combining Searches

You may create a new search by combining any number of previous searches. To do this, click on the Search History box located at the top of the screen. Each search you have done is assigned a set number. Select any combination using AND or OR. Your choice will yield a new set. Click on the Results number to view the records.

For results found in both Basic Search and Cited Reference searching, click on the check box to the left of titles on to save for later printing or exporting. Or you can Select Page to select all results. Select which fields you want to save (for example, do you want the abstract?). Click on the icon to print, email or on the button for exports to EndNote, RefWorks, etc. Follow the prompts for the option you have chosen.