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.

It is best to use the article databases Scopus and Web of Science to do this.

Scopus

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

    Analysing Search Results in Scopus

  3. Use the tabs along the top of the table to see:
    Authors writing in your subject area (click on the Author tab)
    Journals publishing in your subject area (click on the Source tab)
    Disciplines active in your subject area (click on the Subject area tab)

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. Use the items in the left-hand Refine Results menu to see:
    Authors writing in your subject area (click on Authors, then click on more options/values...)
    Journals publishing in your subject area (click on Source Titles, then click on more options/values...)
    Disciplines active in your subject area (click on Research Areas, then click on more options/values...)

Refining Your Search Results in Web of Science

Find and Manage Research Literature Tool Kit

Article Databases

Other Search Tools

Managing Literature

Researcher Development

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