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Scopus User Guide

This is an introduction to the different features in the Scopus database.


This guide provides information about using Scopus to find articles and citations. 

  • Use Scopus when you would like to see results similar to an article you've already found
  • Scopus is great for identifying a specific author's scholarly output
  • Scopus can return results ranked by number of times cited, as well as ranked by relevance or date
  • Scopus often contains live links to the reference's full text
  • Scopus is also good for "forward searching" as it shows who has cited an article (with live links to those citations as well!)

About Scopus

Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources. It includes:

  • over 75 million citations, many with links to full text
  • 25,000 different journals from 5000 publishers, including open source
  • 5.5 million conference papers (proceedings and journals)
  • includes over 95% of MEDLINE citations

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