Searching Web of Science

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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.

So what is a Web of Science?

  • It's an amazing tool for finding articles, conference papers, books, and more in sciences, social sciences, the arts, and humanities.


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

Basic Search

Your topic: You will use Web of Science to locate research about climate change taking place in the Amazonian rainforest.   

Web of Science defaults to a basic topic search which includes the following:

  • title
  • abstract
  • author keywords
  • Keywords Plus (index terms)

Your Turn:

  • Search the following "amazon* rainforest" AND climate
  • Click Search

Why search like this?


Refine Results

Your search should return around 100 results.

Once you have a good list of results there are number of ways you can further narrow your search with the Refine Results panel.

These include refine by Authors, Documents Types, and Funding Source.

Scroll down to see all the different refinements available to you.


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Web of Science defaults to a chronological order of results. You can also view results by relevance or author or times cited.

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.



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Which item has the most citations?

Analyze Results

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With Web of Science you can analyze results in a number of useful ways.

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

Your Turn:

  •  Click Analyze Results


  • 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.

Amongst your results, Meir and Malhi have the most.

Now let's see the top 10 funding agencies.

Your Turn:

  • Change Authors to Funding Agencies
  • Click Analyze

Displayed are the top 10 agencies that have funded projects from your list of results.

Click Back to Search to return to your list of results.

Citation Network

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

Your Turn:

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

The Citation Network panel to the right contains information on and links to records that cite this article and to ones this article has cited.

Note: These only include records in theCore Collection

The All Times Cited Counts includes additional citations that can be found in other databases. 

Author Search

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In Web of Science you can easily find all of the works by a particular author. You can also search for variant names of the same author.

Let's search for articles written by UA professor Scott Saleska.

Your Turn:

  • Click Back to Search
  • Change the type of search from Basic to Author Search
  • Enter Saleska as the last name
  • Enter S in the initials

Author Search

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UA Profesosor Saleska also uses the initials SR, so we want to add those.

  • Click Add Author Name Variant
  • Enter Saleska as the last name
  • Enter SR in the initials
  • Click Finish Search


NOTE: You can also enter information about the author's research areas and institutions.


Citation Reports

As you can see, Web of Science contains over 50 records associated with Scott Saleska.
  • To see more information about this researcher, click Create Citation Report.

The two graphs show the number of items and citations by year.

The list on the far right shows the number of times the author has been cited and the number of articles that cite the author.

The h-index is also shown. The h-index is based on the productivity and impact of the author.

Cited Reference Search

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Web of Science allows you to see the impact of a known item.

We are going to look for information for this item:

Drought Sensitivity of the Amazon Rainforest by OL Phillips et al. published in Science in 2009.

Your Turn:

  • Click Back to Search
  • Change the type of search to Cited Reference Search
  • Enter the following:
    • Phillips OL in the Cited Author box
    • Science in the Cited Work box
    • 2009 in the Cited Year(s) box
  • Click Search

Cited Reference Search

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This page displays the cited references found in Web of Science based on the information we entered. It also shows any variants.

Your Turn:

  • Click Show Expanded Titles to see more information.


Based on the title and the year, issue, and page information, these are variants of the same work.

  • Select all three items
  • Click Finish Search


Cited Reference Search

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This results page shows all of the records in Web of Science that cite the article we searched for.

From here, you can again analyze your results, create a citation report, and access full-text of works. 

Journal Impact Factor

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With Web of Science you can also analyze a journal or a group of journals to measure their influence. This is measured via the journal impact factor.

A journal with an impact factor of 10 means that on average all of the articles in a journal are cited 10 times a year.

Let's find out which journals have the highest impact in the area of environmental sciences.

Journal Impact Factor

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Your Turn

  • Click this link to the Journal Citation Reports site
  • Leave the default selected settings as
    • JCR Science Edition
    • View a group of journals by Subject Category
  • Click Submit
  • Scroll down the list of categories and select ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
  • Click Submit


Journal Impact Factor

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This is an alphabetical list of all the environmental journals Web of Science indexes.

  • Resort the list by selecting Impact Factor from the Sorted by menu


  • Click Sort Again

Journal Impact Factor

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Which journal is listed as having the highest Impact Factor?

Journal Impact Factor

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To find out more information about a particular journal, just click on its abbreviated title.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the link for ENERG ENVIRON SCI

This page lists information about the journal including publishing information, impact factors, and charts and graphs showing citations and over several years.

The End

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