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Overview of Scopus

Scopus is a single index of both abstracts and citations from peer-reviewed scientific literature.  The content is updated daily, and includes over 5,000 publishers back to 1788, including 21,951 active journal titles (3,630 are open access), 280 trade journals, 136,004 books, 562 book series, and 7.6 million records across 90,000 conference proceedings events dating back to 1858.  Links to the full text of Scopus content are available based on the Library’s current subscriptions.  In Scopus, you can search for authors and institutions as well as for individual records of scholarly output (i.e., articles, books, conference proceedings).

Scopus has extraordinarily broad subject coverage, and is very easy to use.  Author profiling and citation analysis are two of the most common tasks performed by Scopus users, as the tool was designed to serve the research information needs of researchers, educators, administrators, students and librarians across the entire academic community.  Whether searching for specific information or browsing topics, authors, or sources, Scopus provides precise entry points to peer-reviewed literature in the health and life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Four out of the top five international ranking bodies use Scopus including the Times Higher Education and QS Rankings.  More than 84% of the top 100 universities in the world use Scopus for their research information needs.  In addition, Scopus has the broadest coverage of peer reviewed content geographically, including a vast amount of research from developing countries and regions with emerging markets.  As research becomes increasingly global, interdisciplinary and collaborative, you can ensure that much of the critical peer-reviewed research published internationally is captured in Scopus.

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