What is Scopus?

  • Scopus is an abstract and citation database covering the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. It currently covers 50 million records, 21,000 titles and 5000 publishers.
  • Scopus provides extensive information about particular articles, sources and authors.

How do I access Scopus?

  • Open the Library and Learning Services intranet page at
  • Click on the Databases and e-journals box.
  • Select S and scroll down to Scopus from the list of databases.
  • Click On-Campus or Off-Campus as appropriate and login (see the video guide on logging in here).

Searching for documents:

  • Click the Search tab in the top left of the screen, then click the Document search
  • Enter your chosen search term in the box next to Search for.
  • You can use the drop-down menu to the right of the search term box to search according to author name, article title, source title etc.
  • You can add more search term boxes to search more specifically by clicking Add search field.
  • You can also limit your results according to for instance publication date, document type, subject area

Searching for authors:

  • Click the Author search tab which is next to the Document search
  • Using the search boxes and check boxes you can search for a particular author. You can search for instance by name or by author affiliation (e.g. a particular University).
  • You can view extensive information about that author. For example the number of publications and information regarding others who have cited them etc.

Searching for sources:

  • Click the Sources tab near the top left of the screen.
  • You will see a list of sources that can be searched by source type, title or subject area.

Analysing sources:

  • Click the Sources tab near the top left of the screen.
  • Note the SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) statistic column next to the source titles. Relatively high SJRs indicate a prestigious journal, having taken into account subject field and the journal’s quality and reputation.

Further ways to analyse and evaluate results:

  • Scopus offers many other tools to analyse and evaluate your results. Please see the help section of the Scopus website for further information.

Some advanced search tips:

  • The Advanced search mode is useful for doing more targeted searches.
  • Click the Search tab in the top left of the screen, then click the Advanced search
  • Scopus has field codes which determine what a search looks for. To see a list of the field codes, along with their descriptions, click the field codes link.

To search using field codes, enter the field code followed by the search term in brackets.

  • For example, there is an author field code AUTHOR-NAME, and using this will allow you to search for articles by a specific author. So if you want to search for works by Noam Chomsky, you could enter a search for AUTHOR-NAME (Chomsky, N.).
  • If you simply type optimism health Scopus will find results containing both terms somewhere in the text (i.e. not necessarily adjacent). This is the same as searching for optimism AND health.
  • Use OR to broaden your search by looking for alternative words: e.g. grading or marking will find results containing either of these terms.
  • Use AND NOT to narrow your search by eliminating certain words e.g. children NOT teenagers will eliminate results containing the word ‘teenagers’.
  • The star sign (*) can be used to find variations of words with a common root:

e.g. comput* will retrieve records for computer, computers, computing etc.

  • Phrase searching: Scopus defaults to finding documents containing both terms separately or together. If you wish to search for a specific phrase use curly brackets, for example {oyster toadfish}.

 How do I view the articles in the results list?

  • From the results list, click on the article title to see its abstract (i.e. summary) where available.
  • Above the article title you will see details of the publication e.g. the journal’s name, the article it was published in, along with the volume, issue and page numbers.
  • Check to see if UEL has full-text available by clicking the blue box marked “Look for full text“.
  • This will send you to Library Search to see if we have access to the full-text.

To transfer items into a temporary list:

  • Having clicked a record, click the Add to My list link at the top of the screen.
  • This is located in the drop down menu beneath the More…. tab above your results.
  • You can view your list in the My List tab at the top of the screen.

To transfer items into a permanent saved list:

  • First you must first create a Scopus account.
  • To do this click the Settings tab at the top of the page.
  • Then click Register Now.
  • You will then need to enter some details including your University email address.
  • From the My list page, tick the checkboxes on desired records and click Save.
  • Select the list you would like to save in. You will need to create a new list the first time.
  • To do this enter your chosen list name in the field next to Name and click Save.
  • To access your Saved lists later go into Saved lists via the Settings

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