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Web of Science

Tutorial guide for utilizing Web of Science

About This Guide

Beneficial for intermediate to advanced researchers and those preparing for publication, Web of Science offers a robust platform for citation analysis with indices spanning the sciences, social sciences, the arts and humanities. Use the built-in journal impact report to help determine the most appropriate journals for submitting manuscripts. Dive deep into an author's publication history by searching via ResearcherID or ORCID.

Web of Science allows users to experience and explore the interconnectedness of scholarly communication by linking past, present, and future articles together through linked abstracts. Users can see the bigger picture of how a topic has been previously studied, and then create alerts to keep track of who is citing a particular article as derivative resources continue to be published. The unique Analyze Results feature helps users determine key players and funding sources for specific areas of study.

This guide contains the following:

Explains the different database features in Web of Science and how to use them.

Demonstrates how to conduct basic and advanced searches in Web of Science.  It also covers how to manage and filter search results.

Provides tips for conducting efficient searches in Web of Science.

Demonstrates how to use the 'analyze results' function to interact with your search results.

Provides information about Web of Science's Cited References function.

Has extra tools that are available for additional help.

For New Users

New to Web of Science?  Watch their brief video tutorial here on where to get extra help on using the database's basic features.

Creating a Profile for Web of Science (Optional)

To take advantage of some of the special features available within the Web of Science interface, such as setting up article alerts and saving lists/search history, you'll need to create an optional personal profile. Actions such as searching and viewing citation information do not require a personal profile, but will require normal log in procedures for Pfeiffer Library Off-Campus Access if you are utilizing this licensed resource away from campus.


To create an optional Web of Science profile:

  • Click "Sign In" in the upper right-hand corner.
  • In the drop-down menu, select "Register" and enter your email address in the fields provided.
  • Email Verification: Web of Science will send an email with a unique code to your email address. Copy the code and paste it within the field that now appears on the Web of Science screen within your web browser. Click Submit.
  • Registration & Terms and Conditions: After the unique code has been accepted, complete the registration process by filling in the requested personal information and preferences required on the online form that appears. Read through the Terms and Conditions and check the box next to "I have read and agree to these terms and conditions." Click Submit Changes to complete the registration process, or click cancel to skip creating an optional profile at any time. 

You can view the video below for a tutorial of creating a profile.  To learn more about using your Web of Science profile, visit the Saving, Alerting, Managing Results tab of this guide.

Profile Settings

Profile settings are available in Web of Science (Classic).  They contain the following:

  • Edit My Information:  Allows you to edit your personal information, such as your email address and password.
  • Select a Starting Application: Lets you personalize your default search settings, which display automatically each time you sign in.
  • Select a Language: Lets you select the default language for using the database.