Biosis via ISI

Biosis via ISI

BIOSIS is the world's most comprehensive reference database for life science research. It covers original research reports and reviews in biological and biomedical areas.  Nearly 6,000 serials are monitored for inclusion. In addition, the database covers content summaries, books and meeting abstracts, papers, posters and, approx. 16,000 U.S. patents. 

Coverage is from 1969 to present.

There are two search modes available in the ISI interface:

General Search

The General Search offers search for records by subject terms, author name, journal title, author affiliation, taxonomic data, major concepts and many other fields.




You can also search by:  

CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL:  Enter the chemical, gene name, and sequence terms or CAS Registry Number.  Example: lysine

PATENT ASSIGNEE: Enter the assignee name (available 1986-1989 & 1999 to present).  Example: Scripps

MEETING INFORMATION: Enter words from the meeting title, location, sponsor, or date.  Example: pharmacol* AND Cardiff AND 2000

IDENTIFYING CODES:  Enter the accession, ISSN, ISBN, patent, US patent class, or patent date granted number.  Example: 0-12-709861-       

Advanced Search


Advanced Search enables you to create complex search queries using field tags, search operators, and wildcards.

  • Enter TS=(food AND toxicology AND bovine) to find records containing these terms in the title 
  • Enter AU=(Watson and Crick) to find articles written by these two authors. 
  • Enter TN=arthropods AND CC= movement to find records containing the taxa note arthropods and the concept code movement.


To Combine Searches:
                1. Enter two or more set numbers from the Search History table. You can use the following Booleans in your
                  search query: AND, OR, NOT (e.g., #2 AND #4). Click the Search button.
                2. In the Search History table, click the link in the Results column to view the results of your search.


Finding full-text and call numbers

Follow the    option for each record in order to:

  • Link directly to the full text when available
  • Check the Scotty/Melvyl Catalog to see if UCR has the item 
  •  Request the item if UCR does not own it

Managing Results (Print save export or email)

Step 1.

Check the box next to each record that you want to include.

Step 2.

Select which fields you want to include in your output.

Step 3. 

  management options

Print - The records will be formatted for printing, then click the Print button. 

Save - 1. Select a format for the records 2.  Continue   3. Save.

Export - Export the records directly into EndNote®, ProCite®, or Reference Manager®.

E-mail - Send the selected records to an email address. You can also enter a return e-mail address and a note

OR you can add items to the Marked List for later output and more options.

Save Search History

Click on the Search History button

Click Save History button (Web of Knowledge personal Log in required)

      To save a search history as an Alert
only the last search statement in a search strategy will be saved as an alert):
                select the check box Send Me E-mail Alerts on the “Server Save” form

                Enter e-mail address
                Select an Alert type
                Select an E-mail format and click



Last modified: 6/22/2006 11:30 AM by by M. Potter

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