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Web of Science

Guide to using Web of Science, a multidisciplinary citation database

Searching for a topic

The default search method is All Fields, but we recommend selecting Topic for more accurate results and a more efficient search. A search by Topic will search in the title, abstract and keyword fields of Web of Science records.


  • Enter your search term(s) in the search box(es) and ensure Topic is selected in the drop-down menu. A link to search tips can be found to the right of the search button. To add search lines click on +Add row.

  • Combine search terms using search operators And and Or. These may be typed in the search boxes or selected from the drop-down menus. 
  • When you have entered all your search terms, click on the Search button.