For important background information, see:
- Find particular articles
- Find particular academics
- Conduct advanced author queries
- Conduct advanced journal queries
- Conduct an institutional search
- Conduct a literature review
How to perform a general/keyword search
To perform a basic keyword search:
- Enter the keywors in the various fields (e.g. Title words, All of the words, Any of the words, None of the words, The phrase)
- Click Lookup or press the Enter key.
The program will now contact the data source in question to obtain the citations, process the list, and calculate the Citation metrics, which are then displayed in the Results list. The full list of results is also available for inspection or modifications and can be exported in a variety of formats.
General/keyword search syntax across databases
Every data source has its own unique syntax that – oftentimes – is not fully documented. Below you will find the most important tips and problems, but to get the best out of the different data sources you need to be prepared to experiment with different search strategies. If you find that some things are not working as you expect, please share your findings by sending me an email, so that, collectively, we can improve these instructions.
Please note: The search syntax below refers to what works best when you search the data source through Publish or Perish. This is not always identical to the most effective search syntax in the web interfaces of the respective databases as these might be structured differently.
|Data source||Preferred search syntax||Most common problems|
|Google Scholar (GS)||
|Google Scholar Profile (GSP)||N/A only author searches||N/A only author searches|
|Microsoft Academic (MA)||
|Web of Science||
Copyright © 2017 Anne-Wil Harzing. All rights reserved. Page last modified on Wed 15 Nov 2017 11:47
Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.