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How do I?

Accessing Web of Science

Web of Science is available on the Web of Knowledge portal. To access Web of Knowledge (WoK) you need to register for an Athens user name and password.

If you do not have an Athens user name you can apply for one using the request an Athens user name form on the NMBL web pages.  Please print this form, sign and send it in the internal mail to Emma Harvey-Woodason at the library.   Please note passwords are only available for PML/MBA/SAHFOS staff and that registration requires a valid e-mail address. 

When you have logged into WoK using Athens, you may also register to set up a personal profile which enables you to:

1. Select a starting application, which will enable you to start your session in a database rather than on the portal Welcome page.

2. Save searches to the ISI Web of Knowledge server.

3. Set up search alerts and citation alerts.


First select Web of Knowledge from the Searchable Database Products list, then select a search option - general search is probably the best to use - and select Science Citation Index from the database list.

The general search page enables you to search for information in record fields such as author and source title. Every search is added to the Search History table. To perform a general search:

1. Click the change settings button if you want to select a different database or timespan to search.

2. Enter search terms in at least one field: topic, author, group author, source, title, publication year, or address

3. Combine terms using AND, OR, NOT

4. To restrict your search, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select one or more languages and/or document types.

5. Click search.


Printing, saving, e-mailing or exporting search results

To print, save, e-mail or export your results to Endnote you can either use the output records box on the right hand side of the results page and print or download from each page of results or use the marked list to build up a list of references which you can print or download when you have finished browing your search results.

To add references to the marked list, select the references, then click the add to marked list button to add records to your marked list. Remember to do this before moving to the next page of results. When you are ready to download your results, click the marked list button in the toolbar at the top of the page to go to the marked list. Select the fields you want and then select a format for output.

Saving searches 

In order to use this function, you must register. To save a search history, click the save history button at the top of the search history table.

Follow the instructions on the page to save the history.

To run a search history:

1. Click on the search history button or click on the open saved search button on the search page.

2. Click open saved history at the top of the search history table or on the homepage.

3. Select a history to run.




You can save a history as an alert from the search history page if you have registered. The alert automatically searches the latest update to the database and then sends the results to you by e-mail. E-mails are generally sent each week on Friday morning (US Eastern Standard Time).

To save a history as an alert:

1. On the server save form, select the check box send me e-mail alerts.

2. Enter an e-mail address in the box next to send to e-mail address. Double-check that the e-mail address is correct.

3. Select an alert type

4. Select a frequency option: weekly, or monthly.

5. Click Save.


You can change alert settings at any time if you are logged in by selecting open/manage saved searches from the drop-down list at the top of the ISI Web of Knowledge page. On the saved histories table, find the alert you want to update. Then click settings under modify settings.

E-mailed results are limited to 300 records. If the e-mail says that there are 300 new records, you should run the strategy manually to be sure to find any new records over and above the 300 limit.

Your alert will be deleted after 24 weeks. You will be notified twice via e-mail in the weeks prior to the expiration date reminding you to renew your alert for another 24 weeks.


Linking to the library serials database

It is now possible to link straight to the library serials database from the search results, enabling you to see immediately if we have the journal/serial you require in library stock or available online.

  1. Carry out your search as normal so that the search results screen appears.  From the search results screen, click on the Holdings button.
  2. This searches our serials catalogue for the journal/serial and a screen will appear telling you if the library takes this journal/serial (if it doesn't, "No matches found" would appear). It also tells you:
    • if we have the issue you require and
    • if so, where to find it
  3. If the library has electronic access to the journal, "See Electronic Journals" also appears. Clicking on this will take you to the electronic journals page where you can check if access is available to the issue you require.


See Endnote Guide