Thursday, July 13, 2006

Web of Knowledge upgrades

Thomson Scientific have announced a number of changes to Web of Knowledge servies from this weekend. These include:

1. Changing the search syntax from adjacent to 'AND' (as per Google and Scopus).
" In Title or Topic fields apply AND between user entered terms unless surrounded by quotes. This change supports contemporary (simplified) searching, in line with current search trends." For example, 'needle exchange' used to search for the exact phrase 'needle exchange'. It will now search for 'needle AND exchange'. For the exact phrase you have to use quotes: "needle exchange".

2. Author searching improvement - "Author Finder is a quick process that helps you find papers published by a specific author. Enter a last name and first initial, then match the list of results with subject category and institution if known."

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