Getting Better Results with Web of Science

A guide to Web of Science and some of its features.

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me.

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. We'll see how that works.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Skype or Facetime (until we are back to face to face).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides to your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

Disambiguation of Authors by ResearcherID

The purpose of the ResearcherID is to help disambiguate authors with similar names and/or similar research areas. Persons with common surnames (Johnson and Smith are common in the United States, Li, Zhang and Chen are most common in authors from China according to may wish to create a ResearcherID profile and put citations to their works in the reference lists.

You may use your university email and whatever password you've created to login to Web of Science and EndNote Basic to login to ResearcherID's system.

Note: Recent changes in the relationship between ORCID and Thomson Reuter mean that ORCID is feeding their data to Web of Science. This may mean that ORCID will replace Researcher ID as a disambiguation tool.


ORCID is another type of identification code for researchers. They are not mutually exclusive; in fact, if you have a ResearcherID it makes it even easier to make an ORCID. As noted above, ORCID has begun to share data with Clarivate Analytics, so you may not need to create a Researcher ID. ORCID is developed by a nonprofit group supported by various academic institutions and publishers.