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This guide will walk you step-by-step through searching for articles and cited references in Web of Science.
Web of Science is a large, multidisciplinary database that covers publications in the following subject areas:
• Biological Sciences
• Health Sciences
• Social Sciences
• Arts & Humanities
Because of its broad scope of coverage, this is a useful database to search if you are conducting inter-disciplinary research.
Web of Science has a particular strength in citation tracking. That is, you can use Web of Science to discover how many times a particular article has been cited by another author. You can use Web of Science to create reports and analyze citation information for scholarly publications.
Access Web of Science from the library website. Under the “Select a database” menu in the “Find” tab on the top left-hand corner of the screen, scroll down to “Web of Science” and hit Go.
If you are accessing the library website from an off-campus computer, you may be asked to sign in with your EUID and password.
We’re going to try a search for literature discussing the reliability of wearable activity trackers, such as a FitBit or Samsung Gear. Since there are multiple ways to describe those types of devices, we’re going to try searching for a few phrases and synonyms to make sure we’re retrieving quality results.
In the search bar, type “wearable fitness tracker OR wearable activity device.” This way, we are searching for records that include both of those phrases.
Select “Add Another Field,” and type in “reliability” in the second search bar that appears.
Notice that you can specify a time span for your search beneath the search box.
Now, hit search.
You should now be seeing a search results page with roughly 50 results.
Notice that on the left-side of the page, you find filters to further limit your search.
Your current search string is displayed at the top of the filter pane, beneath the total number of results. This string will change as you apply filters.
You can limit your search results in Web of Science by:
Select “Refine” under the box to apply that filter.
You should now be seeing significantly fewer results than before.
Change the sort to "Times Cited -- highest to lowest."
Your first result should now be the most highly cited article.
Select the link next to "Times Cited" for your first search results. (Note: Your search results may look slightly different than what is pictured here).
You have now been taken to a search in Web of Science for all the articles that have cited that particular piece of research.
Tracking citations in this method is an excellent way to expand your search results.
If you were interested in tracking highly cited articles or authors in this field of research, you can use Web of Science’s citation analytic functions to create citation reports.
Above the right-hand citation pane, select “Create Citation Report.”
Spend a few minutes looking at the graphs and citation information provided for this search result. Can you think a few ways you could use this information to track your publications or other articles you are interested in?
You can select individual records from this page to print out or email using the icons beneath the sort menu.
You can also export this entire list of search results to a citation manage such as EndNote or RefWorks by using one of the export options under the drop down menu that reads “Save to EndNote Online.”
Select the first article in your list of results to view more information about it.
You should see the citation information for where the article was published, contact information for the authors, as well as keywords applied to the article to describe what it is about.
Beneath the author listing, take a look at the information provided about the journal in which this article was published.
Select “View Journal Information.”
A new box should appear, providing you with the impact factor of the publishing journal.
Generally, the higher the impact factor, the more prestigious the journal. If you need to find highly reputable research studies, consider using the journal’s impact factor to make a determination on the quality of the research.
If the article has been cited by another author, you can view the other articles that have cited it.
If you select “Cited References,” you will be taken to a list of resources cited by the author of this particular study within their work.
Again, you can create a citation alert for this article to keep track of how often it is being cited by other researchers.
You can use the same icons at the top of the page to save to a citation manager, print or email the article.
Click that button to download a PDF copy of the article from the UNTHSC library collection.
If we do not have a copy of the article available, you should see a link to “Request item.” Follow that link to place an inter-library loan request.
If you have any questions about this guide or literature searching, please contact the Library Research Services Office, M-F, 8am to 5pm at:
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