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Web of Science (AKA Web of Knowledge), a users' guide

A guide to help you use the Web of Knowledge database

Troubleshooting your searches

Too many results? Try the following tips:

  • Deselect the databases you do not need
  • Turn off lemmatization
  • Narrow the years you are searching
  • Double-check the author's name so you can be more specific
  • Explore options in the left-hand blue Refine Results panel to limit to relevant subject areas

Too few results?

  • Include variants of authors' names
  • Do not put anything in the title field -- skim through the results to look for typos and name variants