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Web of Science is a large, multi-disciplinary subscription database that must be accessed through a proxied library link. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted login using your IU username and password. 

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Become a Web of Science power user! Watch these videos (all together less than 30 minutes) to improve your searching abilities.


Using Topics vs. All Fields (1:34)

Combining Fields and Concepts (2:28)


Improve your searching skills by using truncation, search operators, parentheses, and proximity (5:12)

Using Citations and References to Find More Articles (aka Citation Chaining) (2:37)

*This video shows some of the more unique features of Web of Science that are not possible in most other databases.

Which articles should I focus on?

When you are getting to know a field of research, it's best to start with review articles and articles that are highly cited. Web of Science makes it easy to filter for these items. 

  • Review Articles: Reviews summarize, critique, and synthesis many papers at once. These are great articles to start with to get an overview of a field of research. Systematic reviews, scoping reviews, mapping reviews, and meta-analyses will be the highest quality reviews. If a review doesn't have a methods section, it is considered a narrative review, and may be biased.
  • Highly Cited Papers: These papers are in the top 1% of articles for citations in a given subject area. Note that the subject areas Web of Science uses are really limited, and so a "top 1% cited paper" may not be meaningful. 
  • Hot Papers: These are recently published papers that have been cited more than expected for a given subject area. Note again that subject areas are limited and not always useful in Web of Science.