Sujet: Web Research Guide part 8: Explore the power of hypertext
De: "Elsevier, Sandra de Gelder"
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 13:21:18 +0200 (CEST)

Web Research Guide part 8: Explore the power of hypertext

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Find influential researchers ScienceDirect 'Cited by' feature
CiteSeer Use hyperlinks organised by category
Google backward linking

Dear MR chapuis,
Learn how to maximise your online research by making the most of the links and navigation tools available.

The web offers an unprecedented level of access to worldwide scientific literature.
By utilising the power of hyperlinked articles online, you can identify and locate articles, institutes and individual researchers relevant to your research subject. However, scientific articles on the web are not indexed in a standard way.
They exist in a variety of file formats and are spread across archives, journals, institution web sites and researcher homepages.
In order to utilise the efficiency of hyperlinks, you need to find the right tools.

Tip of the week: Find influential researchers in your subject area is a freely accessible Web site which enables you to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology. ISI has identified highly cited researchers from 21 broad subject categories in life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences.


For more information, see:

Useful resources


CiteSeer indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web, allowing you to navigate through freely accessibly scientfic information in efficient ways. Papers can be located independent of language, and independent of words in the title, keywords, or the document.
Citation indexes allow navigation backward in time (the list of cited articles), and forward in time (subsequent articles which cite a particular article).

Fore more information, see:

Tip: Google backward linking

Google has a useful feature enabling you to track web sites that link to a page of interest. This enables you to identify and locate other relevant web pages, and instantly click through to evaluate if the information is also relevant to your research.

For example: If you search for 'Hale-Bopp' on Scirus, the search engine for science, the first result you see is To see which other web sites link to this page, you should do the following search:

Try this search in Google:

Another useful resource is This allows you to run a similar linking search, but to query the results of Google, AltaVista and Hotbot at the same time.

For more information, see

Advanced Tip: ScienceDirect ‘Cited by’ feature

When you find an article of importance to your research, it is useful to be able to track how this article has affected other work in your subject area. With ScienceDirect it is simple to evaluate how a particular idea has evolved into an accepted concept used by other researchers.
The ScienceDirect 'Cited by' option enables you to see the impact of a particular article in your subject area. Simply select the 'Cited by' link when viewing any article, and all available articles that cite it will be listed.

To try this tool, follow the link below and select the 'Cited by' option to see other articles which cite this one.
Note: to use the 'Cited by' option you must have access to ScienceDirect via your institute.

Click here to check the 'Cited by' option.

Saving you hours chasing up this bibliographic data, you can use ScienceDirect citation alerts to get regular updates of new work which cites an article you are interested in. Setting up an alert is easy, and you can do it directly from any article you are viewing on ScienceDirect.

For more information on how to set up a citation alert, please click here.

Useful resources

Use hyperlinks organised by category

Guidebeam seeks to bring order to the masses of online material available for a particular subject by generating personalised 'categories' or 'snap shots' for each individual user and every request they make.
This allows users to choose relevant information and discard what is irrelevant.
It allows you to enter a general query, see a concise view of the available information and click through to the web pages of interest.

For example, if you enter the general query 'Hale-Bopp', Guidebeam will present you with a list of links to relevant sub-categories for this term. From here, you can identify which links are of interest and click through to Google search results.
Try this search in Guidebeam:

Next week: Each search engine only indexes a part of the Web. When looking for specific information, you need to know how to choose the right search engine…


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ScienceDirect provides online access to more than 1,800 journals, representing over 4 million full-text articles. Every article is available in seamlessly linked, fully searchable html format, as well as paginated PDF. ScienceDirect also offers a range of email alerts, enabling you to set up personalized updates that automatically notify you of the latest article citations, search results and journal issues.

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About the Web Research Guide
The guide consists of ten weekly emails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that you can start using the research tips immediately. The tips cover a broad range of topics, from finding hidden information online, to locating expert directories and setting up subject-specific alerts of the latest news. The Web Research guide includes contributions from research scientists, information professionals and search engine specialists.

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