How to make use of Scopus Research Database

Scopus is a large, multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social science, and arts and humanities.

Scopus quickly finds relevant and authoritative research, identifies experts, and provides access to reliable data, metrics, and analytical tools. Be confident in progressing research, teaching, or research direction and priorities — all from one database and with one subscription.

Resources available upon subscription are;

  • Over 22,000 journals from 5,000 publishers
  • 150,000 books
  • 6.4 million conference papers from proceedings and journals 
  • 69 million records, with the most thorough coverage from 1996 forward
  • 1.6 billion cited references dating back to 1970
  • 70,000 institutional profiles
  • 12 million author profiles

Why use Scopus?

1. Look for:

  • Academic and scientific writing on a variety of subjects
  • Article citations (from 1996-)
  • Score of writers’ citations (e.g, H-index)

2. Create alerts to follow upcoming articles:

  • On a certain subject
  • By a specific author That cites any article

3. Review data (primarily from 1996 forward)

  • Information on ranks of authors, articles, or journals
  • Examine a list of references according to the writers’ institutional ties

Scopus Search Tips

  • In the search box, enter your search terms or phrases. These are your topic keywords — you might need to try combinations of keywords to find the most relevant results.
  • Using the drop-down menu, choose the field in which the terms should appear. The default choice is the Article title, Abstract, and Keywords which will look for your keywords in these parts of every article. You can also choose other options, such as author or source title.
  • You can add more text boxes by clicking [+] next to the dropdown to add search fields. Add as many as you like, but remember you can always add more later if you need them. Scopus has a “search within results” feature that lets you continue to narrow your search results as needed.
  • If you use more than one text box, you need to select an operator from the drop-down list.
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The three operators and how they operate are as follows:

  • AND: All listed terms will appear in the results. Your search is now more focused.
  • OR: One of the listed terms will appear in the results. Your search is widened as a result.
  • AND NOT: This term must not appear in the results. This aids in excluding particular outcomes.

Click Search after entering your terms.

You have more options to further restrict your search.

Options for date ranges include:

  • Limit your search to items that have been published within a certain number of years.
  • Added to Scopus in the last n days: Just include documents that have been added to Scopus in the last 7, 14, or 30 days in your search.
  • Articles, books, reviews, conference papers, etc. are examples of document types.
  • Access Type: You can only access documents with open access.

You can also check out the Scopus Document Search Tutorial video, which will demonstrate how to enter search terms and specify fields, make a search more specific to narrow your results, and how to work with previous searches from the current session.

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