Introducing Scopus, MIT Libraries’ Newest Database

Posted February 11th, 2011 by Barbara Williams

Hey MIT, you now have access to Scopus, “the largest abstract & citation database”, created by Elsevier!

…And now that you have it, why should you use it?

Scopus will complement the databases you already know and love. It brings strong, broad coverage of information from around the world, especially 1996+. Many users prefer its search engine to find literature from

  • social sciences (including arts and humanities),
  • life sciences (Scopus includes all of Medline)
  • physical sciences (including engineering)

And besides journal articles, Scopus retrieves worldwide patents, patent citations, preprints, web sites, conference papers (10% of the content) and trade publications. A lot!
Scopus’ Author search feature helps separate authors with similar names.
Its Affiliation search collects all Scopus records for specific institutions and analyzes them.
Scopus offers several analytical tools you may find useful: the “author evaluator” is a particularly cool tool. See it used here to show where MIT Professor Millie Dresselhaus published. Try the Citation Tracker as well.

Finally, the big question: When to use Web of Science, and when to use Scopus?  Email ASK US! For more details.

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