Web of Science: A New Look for a New Year

When you access Web of Science through the Greenblatt Library database list this spring, you may notice some changes. While it continues to have the same features and content that you are familiar with, the user interface and search functions have been updated and streamlined.

The first thing you will likely notice is the cleaner layout which features a single search box in the center of the landing page. To build more complex or focused searches, simply select the “add another field” option below the initial search box. Boolean searches using “AND”, “OR” or “NOT” can easily be constructed using multiple search boxes.

Other cosmetic changes and new features include:

  • By default, searches are conducted in both Medline and the Web of Science Core Collection, however, either database can easily be selected using the orange drop down arrow above the search box


  • The Citation Reference Search feature can now be selected using the blue drop down arrow above the Basic Search box
  • The Citation Network menu within individual records indicates at a glance how many times a paper has been cited, in what databases, and also provides links to cited references


  • Citation Maps are available for many records and provides visual representation of citations and references for up to 2 generations either forward or backward
  • Journal Citation Reports (JCR) can be accessed from the banner navigation bar at the topic of the screen
  • In order to end or log out of a session, select the arrow next to “Sign In” at the top right

Features to watch out for this spring:

  • Icons, such as a red flame, that will quickly alert users to ESI hot papers and high citation counts
  • Recommendations based on shared citations
  • Contact information – including email and ORCID ID – on the author pages
  • Web of Science partnership with Google Scholar which will provide cross-linking between the two services to increase access to full-text resources
  • Authority records for colleges and universities to allow you to quickly locate publications authored by faculty of that institution

For more information about this resource or any other, contact the Greenblatt Library at 706-721-3441 or email libref@gru.edu