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Web of Science Quick Reference Guide

Web of Science Quick Reference Guide

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A guide to using Web of Science.
A guide to using Web of Science.

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Quick Reference Guide
Web of Science is an on-line collection of citation databases that combines the information in three print resources:
Science Citation Index
Social Sciences Citation Index
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Accessing Web of Science
Use of Web of Science is unrestricted from Library computers or from other computers on campus. Remote access is limited toUTHSCSA students, residents, faculty, and staff who use DCCI as an Internet provider or who have registered as a Libraryborrower and have set a PIN. It can be accessed through the
Quick Links
box or the
Databases tab
on the Library’s web site(http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/databases/databases.html). The UT System Digital Library has purchased thirty licenses forWeb of Science. If all are in use, you will get a “busy signal” screen.
Some Words of Caution
The information in Web of Science cannot be assumed to represent either a comprehensive collection of information by oneauthor OR a comprehensive list of citations to the works of any author for the following reasons:
An author may have published in a journal that is not indexed (included) in the Web of Science.
Web of Science includes articles from journals only. Book or other authorship is not included. Citations to works inbooks or other documents may be included, but will not be accessible.
The Web of Science database subscription purchased by the UT System covers articles published since 1989; it does notinclude access to the entire range of years available through the full database.
If a cited author is not the first author, citation information may not be accurate if the original (source) article was not in a journal indexed in Web of Science.
While all institutional affiliations are included and searchable, only the first author is actually joined to an institution.
Using Web of Science
For greatest flexibility in searching, select
Full Search.
Select the database(s) you want to search.
Select the length of time you want to search: all years (based on the purchased subscription), the latest week, or aparticular year.
Click on
General Search
to search by author, subject, journal title, or address for journal articles published since 1989.
Click on
Cited Ref Search
to search for articles that cite a particular author or article. Citations to articles published priorto1989 may be included, but the parent article will not be available.
Using
Enter search terms or phrases. Search terms for topics (subjects) and/or author and/or source (journal title)and/or author address may be entered.
Journal titles must be entered in the format required by the databases. Click 
list
to identify correct formats.
Articles published prior to 1989 will not be available.
 
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Multiple terms or phrases may be entered in the same field if separated by AND or OR.
The asterisk can be used to truncate words (diabet*) or initials (johnson s*).
Scroll to the bottom of the page to select language, document type, and sort options, if desired.
Click on
Search.Viewing Results
Results will be displayed in brief citation form,10 items per screen.
Latest date is the default sort. Change the Sort option to times cited, author, etc. and click on Sort.
Click on the underlined article title to see the full record for the citation.
To see references cited in the article, click on the
Cited References
link.
To see documents that cite the parent article correctly, click on the
Times Cited
link.
If a cross link is available between Web of Science and Current Contents Connect, you will see an icon thatlooks like this:
Linking to Full-text Information
If the full text of the article is available from the source citation, you will see an icon that looks like this:(
NOTE
: Full-text links are available ONLY for those journals which the Library receives electronically AND forwhich ISI has completed an agreement with the publisher.)
Using the feature
“Related records” share bibliography citations with the source or “parent” record, so the records have similar orcommon subjects. Related records that share the greatest number of citations with the parent record are listed first.
UsingSearching by
 
CITED AUTHOR
.
Enter name with the last name first, followed by initials. Using only the first initial, then the asterisk truncationsymbol is advised:
smith b*
Only the first listed author of a cited reference is included. However, secondarycited authors are searchable when a cited journal article is also a source article; i.e., the article was published ina journal indexed by one of the citation databases.
Click on
Lookup
.
A list of works that cite the source document will be displayed.
If a Cited Reference Lookup retrieves more than 500 references, you will receive a notice suggesting that yourefine the search either by restricting the original search to fewer years or by adding components.
Unlinked records may represent a work in a book, document, or non-indexed journal; a citation error; anunpublished item; or a work published prior to the years covered by the subscription.
NOTE
: The databases include results exactly as cited, so errors in original bibliographies will be perpetuated.Note that several hits with slight variations in spelling, volume number, page number, etc. may actually referto the same source document.
Searching by
 
CITED WORK
.
Enter cited author and cited work (and cited year in four-digit format if desired).
Cited work must be entered in the format required by this database. Use the list option for correctabbreviations, and consider all possible cited work variants for complete retrieval (jama* or j am med* or jamer med*)
Click on
Lookup
.

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