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Scopus User Guide

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

Basic Search Tutorial

Getting Started

 Navigation bar

The navigation bar contains the following buttons:

Search Click Search to open the Scopus search forms: Document, Author, Affiliation, and Advanced. 
Sources Click Sources to browse an alphabetical listing or search for available Scopus sources and titles.
Analytics Click Analytics to open the Journal Analyzer. Compare up to 10 Scopus sources on the number of citations, documents, and percentage not cited.
Alerts Click Alerts to view a list of a previously saved search, document citation, or author citation alerts.
My list Click My list to view temporary lists of documents. You can also choose to save documents in a basket permanently.
My settings Click My settings to view or modify your account or profile information and to set up preferences.


Search Form

Below is the Scopus search screen. Enter the search term into the search field. If you have more than one concept to your search, select the plus sign (below red arrow) to add additional search fields. Scopus allows you to search in a variety of ways. For example, if you want to search for a particular author, select the "Authors" tab. For advanced/comprehensive searches, consider the "Advanced" tab. 

Exclude PubMed Results

In Advanced Search, add "AND NOT DBCOLL(medl)" at the end of the query and most PubMed results will be excluded.

Caution:  Use "AND NOT" 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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