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Citation Searching for Promotion and Tenure in Web of Science


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Tutorial on creating citation reports and conducting cited reference searches for promotion and tenure in Web of Science.

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Citation Searching for Promotion and Tenure in Web of Science

  1. 1. Citation Searching in Web of Science  This tutorial will cover: About Web of Science page 2 Accessing Web of Science page 3 Conducting an Author Search page 4 Using a ResearcherID page 8 Creating a Citation Report page 10 Conducting a Cited Reference Search page 12 Search Operators page 16
  2. 2. About Web of Science  The Web of Science (WOS) Core Collection’s coverage begins in 1993 and includes Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) (prev. called Science Citation Index), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI).  WOS Citations Reports only cover the journals included in WOS’s databases. Books, articles, conference proceedings and other publications by the author in question not in WOS are not included. Additionally, citations from works not included in the WOS databases are not included.
  3. 3. Accessing Web of Science To access Web of Science, type the database’s name into the search box in the center of the Libraries’ homepage and click on the link.
  4. 4. Author Search Select “Author Search” from Search dropdown list
  5. 5. Author Search 1) Enter author’s last name and initials 2) Click “Add Author Name Variant” to include alternate names the author may have published under 3) Click “Select Research Domain”
  6. 6. Author Search 1) Select field(s) that apply to author’s work 2) Click “Select Organization
  7. 7. Author Search 1) Select author’s organization(s), including current and past associations 2) Click “Finish Search”
  8. 8. Author Search Number of publications by Stephen Hawking in WOS Use this panel to narrow results if necessary Number of works that cited an article (click to see list)
  9. 9. ResearcherID ResearcherID allows you to claim items published under variant names and institutions (you must register with WOS). 1) Check items you want to claim 2) Click “Save to ResearcherID”
  10. 10. Citation Report Click “Create Citation Report” A Citation Report can be created from most results list. It provides aggregate citation statistics for a group of articles, publication and citation activity per year, average citation per item, average citation per year and H-Index analysis.
  11. 11. Citation Report Statistics for all articles in set Statistics for individual articles Click to see more years Narrow list by publication year Remove articles from list Print, email or export as text or Excel file
  12. 12. Cited Reference Search Conduct a Cited Reference Search to find improperly formatted citations of a work or to find citations of publications not included in WOS. Select “Cited Reference Search”
  13. 13. Cited Reference Search 1) Enter Author’s Name 2) Enter Publication Title using WOS abbreviation (click here for list) Cited reference search for: Hawking, S. W., & Horowitz, G. T. (1996). The gravitational Hamiltonian, action, entropy and surface terms. Classical And Quantum Gravity, 13(6), 1487-1498. 3) Enter Publication Year 4) Click “Search”
  14. 14. Cited Reference Search This is the WOS entry for the article 2) Check the entries that match article These are variants (missing issue #, similar page number) 3) Click “Finish Search” 1) Compare the entries with the complete citation to locate the variant citations
  15. 15. Cited Reference Search Complete list of articles in the WOS Core Collection that cite “The gravitational Hamiltonian, action, entropy and surface terms”. Printing, emailing and saving options
  16. 16. Search Operators Symbol Retrieves Example * Zero or more characters ethyl* = ethylene ethylacetate ethylformamide *ethyl = methyl dimethyl hydroxyethyl *ethyl* = trichloroethylene methylpyridinium ? One character only en?oblast = entoblast endoblast $ Zero or one character eight$ = eight eighth eighty For Topic searches, truncation requires a minimum of 3 characters Wildcard Characters
  17. 17. All search terms must occur to be retrieved. TOPIC: aspartame AND cancer* Retrieves documents that contain both aspartame and cancer*. Any one of the search terms must occur to be retrieved. Use when searching variants and synonyms. TOPIC: aspartame OR saccharine OR sweetener* Retrieves documents that contain at least one of the terms. Excludes records that contain a given search term. TOPIC: aids NOT hearing Retrieves documents with aids, excluding any which also contain hearing. Boolean Operators Search Operators
  18. 18. Search Operators Phrase Searching Exact matches for phrases can be found by searching on the terms enclosed in quotation marks. Wildcard characters can be used inside quotation marks. “electromagnetic field” = electromagnetic field “electromag* field” = electromagnetic field electromagnet’s field Near/ Finds terms in the same field; user specifies proximity. Default is 15 words if user does not specify a number. electromag* near/3 field = electromagnetic field electromagnetic radiation field field pattern in electromagnetism electromagnets created a strong field Same Terms must occur within the same sentence. Use in Address field only. By default, there is an implied AND connecting terms entered as a phrase. Searching a phrase retrieves records that contain all searched terms found in the title, abstract or key words fields. electromagnetic field = electromagnetic AND field Proximity Operators