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Using Your Search Results to Find Out More About Your Subject Area

When searching for research literature, you can use your search results to help you to identify:

  • Who else is researching in your subject area,
  • The main journals publishing in your subject area, and
  • The major disciplines in your subject area.

We recommend beginning with the article databases Scopus and Web of Science, as outlined below.

Scopus

  1. Start by searching Scopus for your topic.
  2. Click on Analyze search results:

    Analysing Search Results in Scopus

  3. Scroll down the page to see additional data including:
    Authors writing in your subject area (click on the Documents by author tab)
    Journals publishing in your subject area (click on the Documents by year per source tab)
    Disciplines active in your subject area (click on the Documents by subject area tab)

Scopus Additional Data

Note that you can change the date range for this analysis:

Changing the Date Range in Scopus

Web of Science

  1. Start by searching Web of Science for your topic.
  2. Scroll down the Refine Results menu on the left-hand side of the page and click View all options to see:
    Authors writing in your subject area (click the arrow beside Authors, then click on more options/values...)
    Journals publishing in your subject area (click the arrow beside Source Titles, then click on more options/values...)
    Disciplines active in your subject area (click the arrow beside Research Areas, then click on more options/values...)

Refining Your Search Results in Web of Science

Reinne Results Options in Web of Science

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