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Z 423 Environmental Physiology

Research guide to support searching and organizing of sources for Z 423/IB 523

What is Web of Science?

Web of Science is a good database to use when you are searching for articles in the biological sciences.

What's Included in Web of Science?

  • Information about scholarly journal articles from thousands of scholarly journals from both science and social science fields. It also has information about proceedings from conferences, book chapters, and review articles
  • Sometimes you can get to the full-text of the articles, but not always
  • Information about how many times each of the articles have been cited by other articles

When should you use it?

  • When you have a multidisciplinary topic
  • When you are looking for scholarly sources
  • When you want to find links between articles on your topic
  • When you want to learn more about who is providing funding for the kind of research done in your field.

How Do I Use Web of Science?

Start by entering some keywords. Web of Science searches a smaller set of information, so start with a broader search (fewer keywords). The results of your search are displayed in the middle column. Options for refining your search are on the left side. Learn more about refining in the next module (below).

Screenshot of a Web of Science search

Refine a Search

Most databases allow you to refine your search. Web of Science has some refining choices targeted at people interested in doing science. You can see the main funding agencies, countries where the research happens, the top authors and research organizations who work on the articles about your topic - as well as many more choices.

The options for refining your search are shown on the left side of the search results screen. Here's an example of how to refine by review article.

Screenshot of Web of Science refining options

Accessing the Article

To get to articles in Web of Science (and all of the library databases EXCEPT for 1Search), click on the Find it @OSU button below the article title.

Screenshot of the 360 link button

Next, click on the blue publisher's link (in the example below - SAGE Complete). The PDF of the article should then open. Or a page with a link to an article or journal may open. If that happens, click the article or journal link. This will take you to the publisher's website. Look for a "back issues" or "archive" link, and then navigate to the article using the date, volume, issue and page number information given on the "You Are Looking For" page. Once you find the article, look for PDF links to open up the full-text of the article.

Click the journal or article link

If you click on the Find it @ OSU button and get a page saying request this item, click the Request from Interlibrary Loan link to borrow the article for free from another library.

You will receive an email from the Interlibrary Loan department when your article is ready. Click on the link in the email to access the article. It usually takes 2-3 days to get an article.

Find Cited Articles

Enter the title of the article. Make sure to change the search from a topic search to a title search using the drop-down box next to the search box.

Tip – sometimes it helps to put quotes around the article title to find just that article. For example – "The dead do not lie: using skeletal remains for rapid assessment of historical small-mammal community baselines"

Once you find the article you are searching for, on the right side of the search results, find the Times Cited number. Click on that number. In my example, the number is 36.

Clicking on the times cited number takes you to a list of all the articles that cited your original article. Find an article you are interested in (look at the titles and view the abstract), then click the Find it@OSU button to view the article.