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Scopus User Guide

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

Getting Started

 Search Form

Below is the Scopus search screen. Enter your first search term into the search field. If you have more than one concept to your search, select "Add Search Field" to add additional search fields, or conduct separate searches and combine them later using the "Search" button. 

Scopus does NOT have MeSH terms or other subject headings on which to search. 

Scopus defaults to searching an article's Title, Abstract and Keywords.  You can change this in Advanced (see the tab to the left for information on Advanced searching).


To find works by a particular author, choose "Authors."  There is more information about conducting author searches in the tabs to the left.

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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