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Web of Science Tutorial

Welcome to the Web of Science.

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This interactive tutorial has directions on this side and a live website on the other side.

 

Use the arrows below to navigate to the next set of directions.

What is the Web of Science?

  • It's an amazing tool for finding articles and other resources.

What can you do with it?

  • With Web of Science you can find quality information, and you can research which article is the most popular for a given topic, how many times an author has been cited, and much more.

 

Basic Search

1 of 3Your topic: Use Web of Science to locate research about climate change in the Amazonian rainforest.   

Web of Science defaults to a basic topic search that looks at the title, abstract, and keywords.

Your Turn:

  • Type the following in the search box EXACTLY as it appears. Don't forget the quotes:

           "amazon* rainforest" AND climate 

  • Click Search

 

Learn more about Boolean searching

 

Basic Search

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You should get around 100 results. If you don't, go back and try your search again.

Let's refine your results.

Your Turn:

  • Scroll down a bit
  • In the Refine Results side-bar, select Article under Document Type
  • Click Refine

   

This should limit the number of results you get.

Basic Search

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What are some other ways that you can refine your results?

Sorting

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Which of these articles has been cited the most? Web of Science can help you answer this question.

Your Turn:

  • If you are not already there, scroll up to the top of the screen.
  • Using the Sort by drop down menu, select Times Cited-- highest to lowest.

       

Sorting

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Which item has the most citations?

Analyze Results

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Let's see who the most prolific authors are and which funding agencies support this type of research. 

Your Turn:

  •  Click Analyze Results (right-side panel)

         

  • Note the default search of Authors, 10, and Record count.
  • Leave these settings and click Analyze

        

Analyze Results

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The list you see displays the authors in order of how of many records or citations they have.

Which two authors have the most articles in the results you found?

Analyze Results

3 of 3Now let's see the top 10 funding agencies.

Your Turn:

  • Change Authors to Funding Agencies
  • Click Analyze again

Which funding agency has funded the most projects amongst your list of results?

Citation Network

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  • Click Back to previous page to return to your list of results.

Citation Network

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Web of Science allows you to conduct a backward and a forward search of cited references.

This means that for any item, you can find out how many times others have cited it and how many items a particular article cites.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the article titled Drought Sensitivity of the Amazon Rainforest.

The Citation Network panel to the right contains information on citations.

Citation Network

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How many times has this article been cited in this database?

 

Author Search

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Do you want to know how popular your professor's research is? Web of Science can help you analyze the impact of any author.

Your Turn:

  • Click the Search banner

Author Search

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  • Change the type of search from Basic to Author Search

       

  • Enter Saleska as the last name
  • Enter S as the initial
  • Click Finish Search

 

Citation Reports

1 of 4As you can see, Web of Science contains about 60 records associated with Scott Saleska.
  • To see more information about this researcher, click Create Citation Report (ride-side panel)

               

These graphs show the number of items and citations by year for Scott Saleska.

Note: The graphs contain different information. Look at both closely.

Citation Reports

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In which year was Professor Saleska cited the most?

Citation Reports

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Next to the graphs, you see the total number of times Professor Saleska has been cited and the number of articles that cite Professor Saleska.

 

Citation Reports

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How many times has Scott Saleska been cited?

 

The End

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