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Web of Science: Your Search Results

Create an account

Create a personal account to create marked lists, create alerts and save your search queries.

You will also need an account to manage your Author profile.

Refining your search

Having conducted a search, if you retrieve too many results, consider if you can amend your search strategy to make it more specific.You can revise a search to add additional concepts, or search within your results by entering additional terms into the box at the top left of the results screen. Alternatively, you can refine your results using the refine options available: Publication details (year, journal, open access status, publication type); Authors or their countries/institutions; Subject areas and Keywords.

To do this, make use of the refine options in the left hand pane of the results screen:

  • Select appropriate refine options by checking the relevant boxes.
  • Click on See all to expand the list for each refine category and view the options.
  • Check relevant boxes to filter to and click Refine button.

Lastly, you can also sort your results by Relevance, Date, Times Cited, Usage Counts, Conference Title, Author Name and Publication Title.

Analyze your search results

This Web of Science video tutorial takes you through the steps involved in analyzing a search by:

  • Author
  • Organisations
  • Funders
  • Journals and more

Saving searches, creating alerts and marked lists

Saving searches is useful for revisiting and keeping track of your research on Web of Science.

You can save a search from any document result list or from within your current search history.

Having run a search, you can generate an alert to receive updates on new publications on your topic.

While creating a Marked List allows you to store records from your search results.

Note: Saving searches, creating alerts and marked lists are only available when you have an account and are signed in to Web of Science.

The tutorial below shows you how to save searches, set alerts and create marked lists in Web of Science.


Individual record citation analysis

For each individual record, citation information is given in a column to the right of the record. This is called the citation network and it includes the number of times a publication has been cited by other resources included in the Web of Science Core Collection and other available Web of Science databases; the works cited in the publication and related records of interest.

The following video looks at citation tracking in Web of Science.