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Answered By: Nicole Montgomery
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019     Views: 54

Start your Web of Science search, by adding more rows so that you can keep your search concepts separate.

Web of Science search screen with a highlight box around the "Add row" link


Then enter your keywords into the search boxes. Try entering one concept per box!

Web of Science search screen with 3 search boxes and keywords entered into the search boxes

Try using some search strategies including truncation, quotation mark phrase searching, and the Boolean operator "or" to search for synonyms and related terms.

Use the words - AND, OR, NOT - to combine keywords.

Image of Boolean operators -AND,OR, NOT - and venn diagrams

Notice how we used - AND, OR - in this search.

Web of Science search with or between terms highlighted

Truncation = Use an * (asterisk) to search for the root of a word with varying endings.

Web of Science search with * symbols highlighted


Use quotation marks to indicate a phrase.

Web of Science search with quotation marks highlighted



NOTE: The embedded video -- "Web of Science: Keywords, Truncation, and Boolean Search" -- is Closed Captioned in English.


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