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BNURS 520 & 522: Translational Research I & II: Web of Science

Web of Science

Web of Science - UW restricted.   Contains citations indexes and summaries covering the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The truncation symbol is the asterisk (*).

  • Strengths: (1) The "Times Cited" feature, and (2) It is a large database.
  • Weaknesses: (1) Cannot limit by randomized controlled trial, clinical trial, qualitative, or quantitative, but you can type them in as topic words, and (2) Cannot format citations in APA format.

To access Web of Science away from campus, click on the Web of Science link above and you should be prompted to login with you UW NetID and password.

To search in the Web of Science:

  1. Type your search words into the topic box, such as:  registered nurse and job satisfaction
                                                                                 :          improve and nurse and job satisfaction and retention
  2. (Optional) If needed, click on the + Add Another Field link to add more search boxes.
  3. (Optional) In the Timespan boxes area, select the years you want to limit to, such as: Last 5 years, or 2011 to 2017.
  4. Click on the Search button.

Web of Science Search Page


5. Look at your results for citations of interest, (see the search results example below).

Web of Science Search Results


Experiment with the different sort features, such as "Times Cited -- highest to lowest," and "Usage Count -- Last 180 days."

WOS Sort Options


Look for the Times Cited link to the right of the citation (see the example below). If it has been cited, click on the number to see if this leads you to more citations of interest. Please Note: Older articles are more likely to have been cited than newer articles. A higher "Times Cited" number can signify a popular article, or an article of importance (Times Cited parameters). You can also click on the Usage Count below the Times Cited link (Usage Count defined).

Web of Science - Times Cited feature


6. Click on either the title, or the View Abstract button to view the abstract, if available, (see the example above).

  • Click on the View Related Records link on the right to see similar records based on shared references.

7. Click on the Full Text Options button, and then click on the purple Check for Full Text - W button (see the example below) to locate the full text of the article.

  • Another option is to type or paste in the article or book title from the citation into the UW Libraries Search system to view online and print holdings.

W.O.S. Search Result


(Optional) The "Citation Map" feature. Click on a title, then on the View Citation Map link. This feature opens a new browser window. It presents the citation relationships (cited references and citing articles) between a paper and other papers in an interactive graphical tree format. More about the Citation Map feature.

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