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Web of Science is one of the most comprehensive citation index covering the leading scholarly literature. The Library has subscribed to the Core Collection which includes:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1900 - present): it fully indexes over 8,500 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines and includes all cited references captured from indexed articles.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1900 - present): it fully indexes over 3,000 journals across 55 social sciences disciplines and includes all cited references captured from indexed articles.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975 - present): fully indexes over 1,700 arts and humanities journals
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990 - present): it covers conference literature in all scientific and technical fields.
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990 - present): it covers conference literature in all fields of social sciences, arts, and humanities.



By default, you will search the Web of Science Core Collection for all years. If you need to change the setting, click to expand the More Settings section.

  1. Change the Timespan if necessary, the "year" refers to the year that the article information was entered in the database and not when the document was published.
  2. Choose the citation database(s).
  3. Enter search word(s) or phrase(s) in the query box.
  4. Select a search field (Topic, Title, Author, ResearcherID, Group Author, Publication Name, DOI, Year Published, Address and Conferences, etc.) from the drop-down list boxes.
  5. Click Add Row for additional search box. Use the drop-down menu to change the relationship between each search field to AND, OR or NOT.
  6. Click Search.

Search Fields

Field Name Search Search Tips and Examples
Topic Words/Phrases appear in article titles, abstracts or keyword lists -Use quotation marks to look for an exact phrase, e.g., "global warming"
Title Words/Phrases appear in article titles Enter title word(s)/phrase(s), e.g., "soil drainage"
Author Author names or editor names Enter last name first and followed by a space and up to five initials
- Use * [asterisk] if not sure of the initials, e.g., Herlert A*
- Use Author Finder to distinguish one author from another by field of research and/or institution
Group Author Organizations or institutions credited with authorship -Click the Group Author Index icon group author to access a list of authors that you can add to your query , e.g., AMER ACAD FAMILY PHYSICIANS
Publication Name Series and journal titles Enter full or partial publication name, e.g., Journal of Manage*
-Use Publication Name Index publication index to access a list of titles
Year Published Records published in a particular year Enter a four-digit year or a range of years, e.g., 2002-2007
Address Author affiliations and addresses Enter the institution and/or the department and/or place name (abbreviated words or phrases) from an author's address, e.g., Hong Kong Univ* Sci* Technol* and Biol*
Funding Agency Funding acknowledgment table Enter the name of a funding agency, e.g., National Agency for the Promotion of Science and Technology
Grant Number Grant number field in Funding acknowledgement table Enter a partial of full grant number, both right- and left-hand truncation using wildcards is allowed
ResearcherID ResearcherID field Enter the ResearcherID number
Conference  Conference title, date, location and sponsor  Enter the conference name, location and year, use 'AND' to connect the words, e.g Fiber Optics AND India AND 2000


Click Add Another Field link to include more search fields in your search.

Truncation Symbols

Symbol Meaning Examples
* [asterisk] zero to many characters enzym* will find records containing
enzyme, enzymes, enzymatic, enzymic
? [question mark] single character wom?n will match woman and women
$ [dollar sign] zero or one character flavo$r finds flavor and flavour

Both right- and left-hand truncation can be used.

Boolean and Proximity Operators

Operator Meaning
AND find records including both terms
OR find records containing either one or both terms
NOT retrieve records with the first but not the second term
SAME retrieve records with two terms appearing in the same sentence
NEAR/x find records containing search terms that are within number of words of each other, x should be numeric value

Advanced Search


  • Use 2-character tags and boolean operators, to create your statement query.
  • e.g., TI=(sanit* AND (fruit* OR vegetable*))
  • To restrict your search, select one or more languages and/or document types.
  • To learn more about Advanced Search, watch this tutorial video

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