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Scopus User Guide

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

Using Advanced Search

On the Advanced search form, you can create a search using field codes, proximity operators, or boolean operators to narrow the scope of the search. For assistance using field codes, proximity operators, and other Scopus search techniques, see the "Search Tips" box on this page.

This is useful when the field code you need, such as author ID, is not available on the basic Document Search tab drop-down menu.

To create an advanced search

  1. Enter your search terms using operators as necessary to connect them.

    For more information on creating searches see the search tips box on this page.

  2. As you enter your search, Scopus may highlight suggested codes and provide code definitions and examples.

    To add the suggested code to your search, press Enter.

  3. Click Search. 

Excluding PubMed Results

In Advanced Search, add AND NOT DBCOLL(medl) at the end of your search query. This will exclude most PubMed results.

Use this feature carefully. Scopus and PubMed retrieve results differently, so it is possible to retrieve records in Scopus that you missed in PubMed.

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