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Advanced Library Search Strategies

Learn how to search for articles, books, and other scholarly works through citation chasing and optimal keyword searching. This guide accompanies the Savvy Researcher workshop, "Advanced Library Search Strategies."

About Web of Science

Web of Science is a scientific citation indexing service by Clarivate that allows access to multiple databases covering cross-disciplinary research in the sciences and humanities. This database offers the Cited Reference Search, which allows users to search for articles that have cited a previously published work (i.e. "forward" citation chasing).

Citation Chasing in Web of Science

Forward

  1. Scroll down to the icons on the Library homepage. Click on the middle icon, "Databases by Subject & A-Z" (it is an orange computer logo with 'A-Z' on its screen).
    • This is the list of all the Library databases. Use the search bar on that page to locate "Web of Science (Core Collection)." Click on the title to enter the database.
  2. Click on the "Cited References" tab to the right of "Documents."
  3. Enter information about your article into the search boxes. In the example, we will search for an article published in Journal of Molecular Biology in 1990 by author (last name) Altschul.
  4. Choose the result that matches your citation information. In this case, we know we are looking for an article by Altschul in volume 215 of Journal of Molecular Biology, published in 1990 (there are several variations, so select all of them). Place a check mark next to the correct article, and click "See Results."

The final result is a list of articles that have cited the article.


Backward

  1. Scroll down to the icons on the Library homepage. Click on the middle icon, "Databases by Subject & A-Z" (it is an orange computer logo with 'A-Z' on its screen).
    • This is the list of all the Library databases. Use the search bar on that page to locate "Web of Science (Core Collection)." Click on the title to enter the database.
  2. Enter information about your article into the search boxes underneath 'Documents.' In this example we will search for the article, "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool," by author (last name) Altschul. Enter the article title in the first search bar and change the drop-down menu to 'Title.' Click on 'Add another field' and enter the author name, "Altschul," into the second search bar. Change the second drop-down menu to 'Author' and click "Search."
  3. Check the results to be sure it has given you the correct article. Click on the 'Discover full-text' button to access the full-text version of the article. Clicking this button will prompt you to log in with your NetID and password, if you have not already, and will also prompt a 'Discover Full-Text Linking' page. At this page, underneath 'View Online' you will see two linked databases that have full-text availability of that article. For this example, click on the first of the two, "Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals Complete."
  4. Once you have accessed the item record for the full-text at ScienceDirect, scroll towards the bottom of the record until you see the References section. There you will be able to see the articles that the author of "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool" cited in the writing of this article.