Get to know Scopus

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Scopus is a citation database from Elsevier that indexes articles from over 22 000 scientific journals and contains more than 69 million records. Across all research fields:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Social sciences
  • Arts and humanities
  • Health and medicine

Scopus content also patents, books and conference proceedings.

How can I use Scopus?

As usual, you access specific databases from the Library webbsite for databases at www.hb.se/biblioteket. There are introductory films that will help you get started using the various features quickly:

The focus is on scientific publications such as journal articles and conference paper. A specialty is the ability to follow how the publications are used through citations and reference lists. In the database you also have the opportunity to compare how different journals rank against each other.

The occurrence of nouns varies greatly. The database does not have its own subject list / thesaurus, but reports topics from the different databases from which the items originate. An article may have nouns from different databases.

Scopus also has very good features if you want to analyze its search results. It’s also great to search only in the references when searching. Then you put it in search, so you can search for those who have referred to a certain book that are not in the database but can still be found in the references.

The database has a search history, which is good because you can then combine your searches in different ways without rewriting the search terms. The search history is saved from the login time. You can of course log in to the database and save searches, hits lists, etc.

Text: Lena Wadell

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