Web of Science: An


Feb 22, 2014 (7 years and 8 months ago)


Web of Science: An

Peggy Jobe


What is Web of Science

A bibliographic database that indexes journal articles and their
associated cited references from over 8000 key
journals in
the sciences and social sciences. Use the database to navigate
backward in time using
Cited References
. Navigate forward in time
Times Cited

to discover a paper’s impact on current research.

Includes the ability to search for concepts using the
General Search

for keywords found in article titles, abstracts, keywords, and
keywords plus. Articles from 1991 forward include author
articles and keywords.

The database allows the user to combine search types, such as a
general search and a cited reference search using the

Does not index books, conference proceedings, technical reports,
and other material. Search Compendex or another bibliographic
database to locate citations for material that is not indexed by Web
of Science.

Navigation by alphabet

The Letter W

Start here if you have an
author and date that you would
like to research.

Set date range and
deselect a

before picking a search

You know that
S. B. Pope

published some important
work on your topic in 1985 but
the instructor don’t know the
title of the journal. Use Cited
Reference Search to look for
articles that cite Pope and the

If you know the journal title, include the
journal title in this field using the

abbreviation. Use the online guide to
find the abbreviation.

All of these cite the same article. What’s the difference?
The manner in which the title is abbreviated, the volume
number, or the starting page vary from citation to citation.
Mark all possible matches and then “
Finish Search
” to get
the complete set of matches. Select “
View Record
” to see
the complete citation to Pope’s article.

Pope’s article included 130 references
and has been cited by 538 papers.

By searching for all of the
variants, we found 546 papers
that cited Pope. We can
combine this set with a

General Search

A phrase search for “turbulent
combustion” in article titles,
keywords, or abstracts. Note that
search examples are available.

Use “
Search History
” to find
articles on turbulent
combustion that cite Pope’s
1985 article.

The Search History allows you
to combine searches. In this
example, use the Boolean
“AND” to combine sets 1
(articles that cite Pope) and 2
(articles that contain the
phrase “turbulent combustion”
in the article title, keywords or

Set #3 has 87 records for
articles on turbulent
combustion that cite
Pope’s 1985 article.

Detailed record for the first
item in the set of 87 records.
Includes complete citation,
keywords, and abstract.
Click on “Summary” to return
to the brief list of records.

Use this icon to find articles
that share the same
references as this article.

Click on cited references
to see the complete list of
citations. This is the
citation to Pope’s article
from the first record in the
set of 87 matches.

Articles which share references
to the first article in the list.

Mark records to save
citations. After
marking records, click
on “

After you mark and
“Submit” records, your

Marked List
” is
accessible from this icon.

Use the SFX icon to see if full
text is available. ALWAYS
double check Chinook for print
and/or electronic versions if the
SFX icon is not available or if
the linker fails to find full text.
Linking technology is not 100%

Link to the

journal title
Note that the dates of online
access (coverage) do NOT reflect
CU’s subscription. We have
online access from 1995 to the
present. A check of Chinook
indicates that older volumes are
available in the Engineering

Print holdings, call
number and location.

Chinook statement on
electronic holdings may
differ from information
found at the publisher’s
site. If you’re
prompted for a login
and password, the
article is probably not
included in our
electronic subscription.
When in doubt, contact
the Engineering Library
for help.

Last, but not least, always make
sure to save your citations to disk
or e
mail. The Marked List screen
provides several options for output
including print, e
mail, and save to
file. Always include the author, title
and source (the default).

Since Web of Science links backwards and forwards
between articles that are cited by others in a circular
manner, it’s easy to lose track of your search process.
Items that you discover in
Find Related Records

are not
added to the Search History. As you explore links using
Find Related Records

and other tools, make sure to
MARK articles that you find so that you can export the