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1 Web of Science: An Introduction Peggy Jobe 303-492-4682

2 What is Web of Science A bibliographic database that indexes journal articles and their associated cited references from over 8000 key scholarly journals in the sciences and social sciences. Use the database to navigate backward in time using Cited References. Navigate forward in time using 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-supplied articles and keywords. The database allows the user to combine search types, such as a general search and a cited reference search using the Search History. 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.


4 Navigation by alphabet

5 The Letter W

6 Start here if you have an author and date that you would like to research. Set date range and deselect a database before picking a search method.

7 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 year 1985.. If you know the journal title, include the journal title in this field using the exact abbreviation. Use the online guide to find the abbreviation.


9 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.

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

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

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


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

15 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 abstract).

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


18 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.

19 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.

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

21 Mark records to save bibliographic citations. After marking records, click on “Submit.”

22 After you mark and “Submit” records, your “Marked List” is accessible from this icon.

23 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% reliable.

24 Link to the article or 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 Library.

25 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.



28 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).

29 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 citations.

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