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Sacred Heart University Library Newsletter for Graduate Students No. 2, February 2019

Scopus Preview: Free Version

Scopus is Elsevier’s abstract and citation database.  Although the Library does not subscribe to Scopus, you can still use a free version of it.  Scopus traces citations and impact factors of articles in peer-reviewed journals in all subjects, and is especially strong in the sciences.

If you need to search for citations and an author’s history of publication, you can use Elsevier Scopus “preview” or free edition:  You can either create a free user login, or simply search following the “author search” link at the top of the screen. Ignore the message "Login required to access Scopus" --you can use the free Author search at the top of the page anyway.

Scopus is a great way to locate important articles when you are building a research  bibliography.

If Scopus finds your author, you can click on the person’s name in the search results.  You can then see a screen indicating some basic identification about the author, documents cited, “cited by,” co-authors, and “author history,” indicating publications in which the author has published. For example, here is a screen-shot of a search for the author “Paul, Rhea” (Prof. Rhea Paul, Chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department):

This search result has a lot of information --too much to condense here quickly.  Fortunately, Scopus has excellent video tutorials that can help you to interpret the search results.  A database like Scopus can really help you to locate important articles quickly.