Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database that can be used to find citations for scholarly literature. At NYBG, Web of Science is primarily used as an index to recent botanical literature. This means that it does not include full-text articles but does include many other useful features for scientists and other researchers. These features are outlined below.
New features for Web of Science are released on a rolling basis. Check out the links below for recent updates.
In order to take advantage of Web of Science features including saved searches, alerts, and access to EndNote, you must create a personal account with Web of Science.
1) Navigate to Web of Science
2) If accessing Web of Science from outside of the NYBG campus, log in using your NYBG library barcode. If you're not sure how this works, see the guide below and contact the library with any questions.
3) Create a Web of Science Account.
After creating an account, you are now able to save your searches. Searches can be very simple keyword searches, (for example, "oil spill"), or be more complex and use boolean logic.
For all available search parameters, search from the Advanced Search screen. (Click the image to see a larger version of the screenshot--opens as popup.)
1) Type in your search terms, formatting with boolean logic or writing free text as you prefer. The search below is for works authored by Barbara Ambrose and has been built using boolean.
2) After the page reloads, search results can be seen by scrolling down the page to the "search history" section.
3) To simply see the results, click on the number that is in the "results" column.
4) However, from this results screen you can also save your search and/or set up an alert so that you receive an email every time a new citation that matches your search parameters is added to Web of Science.
Searches can be saved to your online profile and also as files on your local computer. When you create a saved search, an RSS feed is also created if you prefer to manage your alerts using RSS.
NOTE: Saved searches can have multiple parameters. For example, by adding a search for the organization "New York Botanical Garden" we are able to ask Web of Science to return only articles authored by Barbara Ambrose that specifically mention the New York Botanical Garden as an affiliated organization.
NOTE: If after you have saved your search you add additional parameters, you must save your search again. Additional search parameters added after you initially save your search will not automatically be retained.
Once you create an account with Web of Science, you have access to EndNote, one of the most popular and widely-used citation managers.
To access EndNote, navigate to EndNote after logging into Web of Science.
This guide does not include detailed instructions for how to use EndNote. Please contact the library staff with questions and view training documentation on the EndNote website.