Searching Web of Science

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Searching Web of Science

In this tutorial, you will learn the basics of how to find articles using the Web of Science database.

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database that contains journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Locate Web of Science

On the page to your right, select Web of Science Core Collection.

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in Web of Science

Select keywords

For this exercise, you are searching for articles on the effect of exercise on Hispanic women with type 2 diabetes. 

Your first step is to determine the critical keywords for your topic.

What are the 2 - 5 most important words for this topic?

 

Search Web of Science

Web of Science displays the Basic Search interface searching the Topic field by default. (For more on this, see Searching the Topic Field in the Web of Science help files.)

Type: exercise AND  type 2 diabetes AND women AND Hispanic into the box and click search.

How many results did this search retrieve?

Analyze a Web of Science record

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Scroll through the titles of your search results and locate the article, "Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviors Associated With Weight Gain and Impaired Glucose Tolerance Among Pregnant Latinas”.

Click the hyperlinked article title to open the record for the article.

Analyze a Web of Science record

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In the main part of the record, take a look at the article information.

What page does the article start on?

Scroll down to Author Information. What institution is the author affiliated with?

Click on the author's name at the top of the record under the article title.

How many other articles has the author written or co-authored?

Analyze a Web of Science record

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Locate the Citation Network panel to the right of the record for the article.

Look for Times Cited to determine how many times the article has been cited by other papers. (Do not click on this link at this time. If you click on the number, you will go to a page that lists the papers that cite the original article.)

How many times has this article been cited?  Choose the best range of numbers for times cited.

Next locate the Cited References information. This shows how many papers the original article has cited. (Do not click on the link at this time. If you click on the number, you will go to a page that lists the papers that are cited by the original article.)

How many papers does this article cite?

Locate the full-text online for your article

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To find the full-text of your article, click on the Full Text button in the upper left corner located above the title.

Use the pull-down menu to select At Publisher’s Site.

Clicking this link will open a separate browser window. Once you have taken a look at the article, close the window to return to this tutorial.

Locate the full-text online for your article

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In the Citation Network panel on the right, look for View Related Records and click that hyperlink.

How many related records are provided?

Click the Back to Search link on the upper left side of the screen.

Locate an article that is not directly linked to full-text online

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Click the Search History link towards the top right of  the record.

This will take you to a page where you can view your search statements and search results. 

Scroll down and click on the hyperlinked number in the Results column for Search #1.

Now you have the list of references from your first search.

Locate an article that is not directly linked to full-text online

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Locate this article: “Three Patterns of Rising type 2 Diabetes Prevalence in the World: Need to Widen the Concept of Prevention in Individuals into Control in the Community."

To do this, either page through the results pages to find the article or type Three Patterns in the search box in the left hand frame below Refine Results. Then click the Search button.

Click on the Full Text button for this article. Let's explore your options.

Locate an article that is not directly linked to full-text online

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In this case, there is no "At Publisher's Site" link available. Click the Article Linker button.

This will open a new window that will lead you to options for finding the article in the Libraries' print collection, online through other sources, or to a page where you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Once you have accessed the Article Linker page, close that window and return to this tutorial.

Finish

Congratulations! You have completed the University of Arizona Libraries' Web of Science tutorial.

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