Faculty Workshop: Science Full Text Select


Science Full Text Select

This 100% full text science database includes all the full text content from Wilson’s acclaimed Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, and General Science Full Text, plus additional related full text science titles indexed by other Wilson databases including Readers’ Guide Full Text and Wilson OmniFile Full Text.
  • Covers over 360 journals with full text articles, indexing and abstracts, many of them peer-reviewed.
  • Offers a broad range of science literature to students on the community college level.

Some of the Subjects Covered:
Acoustics • Aeronautics • Agriculture & Agricultural Research • Animal Sciences • Applied Mathematics • Artificial Intelligence • Astronomy • Atmospheric Science • Biochemistry • Biology • Biotechnology • Botany • Chemistry • Communication & Information Technology • Computer Databases & Software • Conservation • Construction • Cytology • Earth Science• Ecology • Energy Resources • Engineering • Entomology • Environmental Science • Fire Prevention • Food & Nutrition • Forestry • Genetics • Geology • Health & Medicine • Horticulture • Immunology • Limnology • Machinery • Marine Biology • Mathematics • Metallurgy • Microbiology • Mineralogy • Mining • Neural Networks • Oceanography • Optical & Neural Computing • Paleontology • Petroleum & Gas • Physics • Physiology • Plant Pathology • Plastics • Robotics • Science Education • Soil Science • Solid State Technology • Space Science • Textile Industry & Fabrics • Transportation • Veterinary Medicine • Waste Management • Weed Sciences • Wildlife Management • Zoology

Science Full Text Select

Basic Search


Basic Search
Searching automatically includes the All-Smart Search (a rules-based search).
Simply ent​er terms, or type in a more structured Boolean search.

To search for specific terms, using the All-Smart Search:

Select one or more databases from the selection area.
Click Close Database Selection Area or Open Database Selection Area, as appropriate.

Enter a word or phrase.

Mark or unmark the full text search option: Also search within the full text of the articles, for extra results. (Choice available only for appropriate databases.)

Click Start.

To use Search / Boolean operators:

Select one or more databases from the selection area.
Click Close Database Selection Area or Open Database Selection Area, as appropriate.

Enter a constructed search string.
Bound phrase: “Greek tragedy”
Boolean search: (painters or sculptors) in Italy
Boolean search: ((water or contamination) and pollution) in su

Although automatic as part of the All-Smart Search, it is possible to create a Bound Phrase by entering quotation marks (" ") around your search terms for any field being searched. This has the effect of turning off stemming/truncation, and searching the exact terms entered. A failure to use the bound phrase in some cases will give the user undesirable results. For example, a search for a play in the Play Title field (tipl) for a play called Kean; or, Disorder and genius, will treat the Or and And as operators, generating a syntax error. If placed within quotation marks, the following search will return the exact play title.

"Kean; or, Disorder and genius" in tipl

3. Click Start.

Advanced Search


To construct a search:

1. Select one or more databases from the database selection area.
Click Close Database Selection Area or Open Database Selection Area, as appropriate.

Enter a word or phrase in the first text-entry area and make the appropriate selection from the as: drop-down list. When using the All - Smart Search query do not use truncation symbols or other special characters. The Wilson All - Smart Search query will automatically search those options. Simply type the word or phrase that you are interested in and click Start. The search results will automatically show the most relevant articles at the top of the set when the Sort by Relevance option has been selected.

To formulate a search within specific fields, select and, or, not, or in and enter additional terms in the second entry area. You can also use a third entry area for a more complex search. If desired, modify your search by selecting from the available on-screen options for sorting, limiting, article types, physical descriptions, and Expand: that includes searching the full text of articles, for additional results.

Click Start.

Search Results


Search Results: Brief Display

The results screen lists all the results of your search. By default (unless modified by your library), the list is sorted by relevance and provides the short form of each citation — the Brief Display. The search query is included at the top of the screen, along with a summary of the total number of records and the database(s) searched. If the number of results is very high, you may prefer to refine your search before examining each record.

Content Discovery Keys

At the left of your search results are several new limiting choices that will help the user to further refine or focus their search results. Each is designed to help the user focus their search results, or narrow their search, based upon their already completed search.

New Search by Subject Area –
These subjects represent the 8 most frequently appearing indexed subjects from the first 50 records in the search results. By clicking on one of these subjects, a new “subject” search is launched within the database(s) being search, for an entirely new result set that include the specific subject.

Narrow These Results –
This area, depending upon the database(s) being searched, will allow the user to narrow the search only within the current result set (not an entirely new search as in #1 above). The current search result may be narrowed by Author, Subject, Document Type, and/or Publication Year.

My WilsonWeb (Optional) –
This area is available when a user has logged into their “My WilsonWeb” parallel account. Listed will be Saved Searches, Saved Alerts (emailed alerts, RSS Feed), Saved Articles (can create folders), a “My Notes” area, an Update (My WilsonWeb) Account link, plus a Customize Interface link.

Recent Searches -
A running list of competed searches during the session is displayed, allowing user to see “where they’ve been,” plus the ability to go back to a previous search result, if desired, without having to start their search from the beginning.

Various Views of a Record

Click on the title of the record to see the full display of that single record. If available, the full text of an article will be included on this display. Also, included on this screen is a Translate Full Text button, for the purposes of translating a Full Text HTML record from English into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, or Dutch. Alternately, it is possible to translate articles in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese into English. There is also a new Click to Hear Audio File option, in which a user may listen to an article or biography in either a male or female voice, plus save the text in an MP3 format for later listening.
If you click View: Full Display at the top of your results, you will simultaneously change all records in your result set to a full display of the citation (or Master Record in the case of biography databases) and you may then scroll up or down the result set, as desired. Click View: Brief Display at the top of your results to return to the brief display of all records in your search. When in your Brief Display or Full Display search results you may see icons that link to HTML Full Text, PDF Full Text, WilsonLink, Library Owns? (your library holdings), your InterLibrary Loan form, and other information, depending on the database(s) being searched.

Navigation Options

To go to the next page of results, click on the page number, PREVIOUS or NEXT, just above the results, or at the bottom of your results. The default setting for records per page is 10 records per page, but may be adjusted on your Customize Display screen or more permanently by the administrator of your system. You may also use a new “Jump to” option, where you can enter a specific page number (#) and then go to that specific page within your result set.
Note the tabs at the top of the search results. By clicking on these, you can drill down into your results. For example, if you did not select Peer Reviewed as one of the limiters in your original search and now wish to do so, simply click the PEER REVIEWED tab and your results will be limited to Peer Reviewed articles. In addition, you can simultaneously select other tabs, or by unclicking a tab, eliminate that limiter from your results. Of course, you can always return to the original search results by clicking on the ALL RESULTS tab. A selected tab will change its color to yellow.

To further refine your search from this page:
To limit the search results to Full Text, PDF, Peer Reviewed, or Non-Peer Reviewed articles (or, Bios/Obits, or Images in biography databases), click on the appropriate tab above your search results. This will change the color of the tab to yellow and indicates that WilsonWeb has done another search to include that specific limiter. Multiple tabs can be selected, further narrowing your results. You may also, unselect any one of the tabs, as well. Note that by clicking on the tab called Record View, you will return to your initial results set prior to selecting the limiter tabs (automatically unchecks all tabs previously selected). Clicking the Modify Search buttons returns you all the way back to your original search, on the original search screen.
To refine your search from the search results screen, do one of the following
1. Click Modify Search in the upper left corner of the screen (returns to the screen screen where you began the search).
2. Enter new terms in the new Find text entry box at the top right side of the results screen (an All-Smart Search). You may search within the results or start an entirely new search by selecting the appropriate radio button.
3. Select the various tabs displayed at the top of the results set. Note these tabs are dynamic and will only display those tabs appropriate to the database(s) being searched.

Click directly on the Search button on the navigational bar to return to the default search screen and then click either the Basic Search or Advanced Search screen to have access to all limiters desired.

Listen to HTML Dull Text records:

Select “Click to hear audio file Male voice / Female voice” in the HTML full text popup window, or by clicking the article title in the results set for a full record view.

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 04/04/10 by William Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu