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Scopus User Guide

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


This guide provides training on using Scopus for finding articles and citations. Use the tabs above to learn about searching Scopusmanaging results, setting email alerts and citation alerts and more.

  • Use Scopus to search on your topic when you want search results that are interdisciplinary and include International literature, as detailed below.
  • Use Scopus when you would like to see results ranked by number of times cited and relevence and date.
  • Look up an important paper on Scopus and see the reference list as well as the forward cites to the paper.
  • Use Scopus to set citation alerts.  Who is citing your work?

About Scopus

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

  • 29 million records with references after 1995
  • 21 million pre-1996 records (back to 1823)
  • 21,000 different journals from 5000 publishers, including open source
  • 5.5 million conference papers (proceedings and journals)
  • 100 % Medline coverage, most EMBASE records
  • Links to Rush licensed full text

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