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Tutorial guide for utilizing Web of Science


Aside from a search bar, Web of Science contains several features that make searching efficient and thorough.  The features are:

Click on the links to learn more about each feature.

Marked List

The Marked List feature allows you to save, organize, and manage sources that you find in Web of Science.  To add a source to a marked list:

  1. Select a source from the search results page by clicking on the check box next to the result number.
  2. Click on the ""Add to Marked List" icon.  You may need to create a new list if you do not have one in your profile. 
  3. View your marked sources by visiting the Marked List page. Each source on your list will have a star next to its checkbox.
  4. To remove a source from your Marked List, visit the Marked List page and select "Remove."


"Add to Marked List" Feature on Search Results Page

wos marked list adding


The Marked List page (below) allows you to manage and organize your marked lists.  You can combine sources and lists by selecting an already created list and clicking "Add to list."  From there, you can create a brand new list or add the sources to an existing one.  You can also export lists to the following programs:

  • EndNote online
  • EndNote desktop
  • Publons profile
  • Plain text file (WordPad)
  • RIS (other reference software)
  • Excel
  • Tab delimited file
  • Printable HTML file
  • InCites
  • RefWorks

You also have the ability to search within your lists and filter them using the Refine Results feature on the left side of the page.

Marked List Page

wos marked list page


The History feature allows you to see your database search history.  This is helpful for retrieving sources you have found previously and tracking your search terms.  It will show all searches, including ones that yielded zero results.  It is recommended that you create an account with Web of Science if you want to save searches from multiple sessions.  History displays the following data from each search:

  • Time the search was conducted
  • Keywords used
  • Database searched
  • Number of results

You also have the option to do the following under the "Actions" column:

  • Copy the search query link (copy/paste)
  • Edit the search
  • Create an alert for the search
  • Delete the search from your history

Other actions on this page include combining searches from your history in the advanced search feature, repeating a search query, and returning to your current search session.

History Page

wos history page


The purpose of the Alerts feature is to notify you of new results related to a specific search.  An account is required to use this feature.  To create an alert:

  1. Type in your key words into the search bar and click "search."  This will be the search criteria that your alert will use.
  2. Click on the "Create Alert" icon on the search results page.
  3. Sign into your Web of Science account if you have not done so already (it will display the login page automatically).
  4. Give your alert a title and select whether you want to receive email notifications about the alert.
  5. Click "Create."

You can access your created alerts from the Alerts icon at the top of the home page.

Create Alert Window

wos create alert window


Aside from the database, Web of Science offers other services that can assist with the research process:

  • Master Journal List: A tool that lets you find the best journals on a topic within the Web of Science database.  You can search for journals by title, ISSN number, or key word.  If you are looking to submit a work for publication, you can also use the Manuscript Matcher, which matches your work with the most appropriate journals (account required).
  • Publons: A tool where you can track your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work on one profile.  It can be connected to your Web of Science account.
  • InCites Benchmarking and Analytics: Provides indicators that can help make data-driven decisions about research programs.
  • Journal Citation Reports: Provides citation metrics on journals in the Web of Science platform.  You can search for journals by title, ISSN or eISSN number, category, or key word.
  • InCites Essential Science Indicators: Categorizes publications by relevance and by field.  You can view these categories with maps and/or graphs.
  • EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio): An internet browser extension that helps you locate and access full-text PDF files.

*Some of the above products may require a subscription or purchase.