In this part of the course we show you how to find articles on a particular topic, within Web of Science. Topics covered are:
These are the default settings in Web of Science:
When you have a personal account and you're logged in, you can save the limits as your personal default settings, by clicking the button Save Settings.
You can search Web of Science in several ways. The basic search is the default:
On the startpage of Web of Science you find one search bar (you can add more by clicking the link Add row). You select a search field in the drop down menu at the right side. (TIP: first select the field, then enter your search terms in the search bar - otherwise the entered search terms are deleted).
You can search by, for example:
To combine search fields these search operators are used in the search screen:
|AND||All search terms must occur in the search results.|
|OR||At least one search term must occur. This is useful when you use synonyms.|
|NOT||Excludes records containing a given search term.|
These options can be selected in the dropdown menu’s between the search bars, but you can also use search operators within a search box, for example “social media” AND friend*. Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases in topic or title searches.
Truncation can be used to control plurals and variant spellings.
|*||Any number of characters, for example friend* gives also friends, friendship, friendly.|
|$||To replace zero or 1 character, for example colo$r gives color and colour.|
|?||To replace 1 character, for example wom?n gives women and woman.|
In the Advanced Search two extra search operators are available:
|SAME||Can be used in Address searches – the entered terms appear in the same address. In other searches SAME works like AND.|
|NEAR/n||Finds records where the search terms are within n number of words of each other.|