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Web of Science: Advanced Search

Advanced Searching

Navigate to the Advanced Search Query Builder by clicking the Advanced Search link on Web of Science's homepage.

Screenshot pointing out advanced search link on Web of Science homepage

Using the Advanced Search Builder

Step 1: Select the field you wish to search from the dropdown menu.

All Fields is Web of Science's default search, but you can specify other searchable fields, including:

  • Topic
  • Title
  • Author
  • Publication Title
  • Year Published
  • Affiliation

Screenshot pointing out search field dropdown in advanced search


Step 2: Enter your search term(s).

Enter the term in the search box. Click "Add to query" to add the term to the query box.

Screenshot showing how to add a search term in advanced search


Step 3: Continue to add search terms as needed.

When you add more terms, the Advanced Search Query Builder adds the Boolean operator AND between terms by default. Use the dropdown to change the Boolean operator you wish to use when adding the term.  For more information on using Boolean operators to combine terms, visit the Search Tools section of this guide.

Screenshot pointing out boolean dropdown in advanced search

Remember to select the appropriate search field before adding new terms. For example, selecting Year Published allows you to enter a publication date or date range.


Step 4: Run your search.

Once you have combined all of your terms using the search builder, click "Search" to run your search in Web of Science.

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Your search history will be visible at the bottom of the advanced search page. To view the search results, click the results link. Alternatively, you can edit a previous search directly in the search history box and rerun it.

Screenshot pointing out search history section of the advanced search page