Scopus: Research plus Productivity
Scopus is a research database available from Himmelfarb Library. Scopus provides a searchable database of journal articles and due to it’s multidisciplinary coverage, it allows researchers to find relevant research beyond their discipline. Rather than focus on specific fields or subject areas, Scopus focuses on peer-reviewed literature across the disciplines and provides references and 'cited by' data. So, for research articles going back to 1970, you will see the references/bibliography for the article. And, when those references cite another paper in Scopus, you’ll also see the ‘cited by’ data.
In addition to it’s searching functionality and use of citation data to link articles, Scopus offers researchers productivity tools to make the research process more efficient. Once you’ve executed a search and selected articles of interest, the Scopus toolbar will allow you to work with those citations in multiple ways:
|•||RefWorks export: choose this option to add the selected citations to your personal RefWorks account. You can also use this option if you work with an alternate citation management tool and choose Mendeley, RIS Format, CSV (Excel), BibTeX, or Plain Text.|
|•||Download: choose this option to download PDFs of as many selected articles as possible. To use this tool, you will need to install the Scopus Document Download Manager extension for Chrome. The Scopus Document Download tool works well and in our testing provides access to ~75% of available PDFs; because journal sites are diverse, a 100% return rate isn’t feasible but this tool can definitely save time! You’ll also note, Download PDF and View Complete Issue links on the citations below; these links are provided by the LibKey Nomad browser extension (available for Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Brave, and Vivaldi) which may also be useful to you.|
|•||View citation overview: This function allows us to view the citation trend for selected documents so you can see how frequently the documents have been cited and explore the impact of publications in a particular area.|
|•||View cited by: This feature will pull together all the ‘cited by’ articles. This feature may be most useful if you’ve already identified a set of articles which are particularly relevant to you.|
|•||Save to list: As you review a set of search results, you can select highly relevant articles and then ‘Save to list’. Using this feature, you can create a temporary list or create a free personal Scopus account to create lists which you can access over time.|
|•||View references: This function is similar to ‘View cited by’ but pulls together all of the references (i.e. bibliography) of the selected articles. Because reference lists for each article can be lengthy, this function can generate a lengthy list of references depending on the number of articles that you select.|
|•||Create bibliography: This feature allows you to format a bibliography in a specific bibliographic style (e.g. APA, NLM, etc.). After the formatted bibliography displays, you can copy/paste it into another document or presentation.|
Scopus is available from on- and off-campus locations. If you are working from off-campus, you can use either method of off-campus access: VPN or web-based login.