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Using Scopus

Why use Scopus?

Scopus includes citations from three major databases:  MEDLINE (biomedical), Embase (biomedical), and Compendex (engineering).  It gives you a broader global and disciplinary pool to search in.

Scopus allows for cited reference searching; i.e. look at a paper’s references and also articles where the paper itself is a reference.  An excellent way to find newer articles and trace the research conversation.

Author searching allows you to find papers by author and to check the author’s h-index, times cited.


Search Tips…

Use Quotation marks around phrases – for the best results, when searching phrases, enclose them with quotation marks.  Scopus will search the terms adjacent to each other and in either order.

  • e.g.
    • “heart failure”
    • “acute kidney injury”

Use Scrolled brackets to search exact phrase – if you need the terms to appear in that order.

  • e.g.
    • {dog therapy}  – searches dog therapy but not therapy dog

Truncation –  Use an asterisk (*) at the end of a word to retrieve all the various endings.

  • e.g
    • Neoplas* = neoplasm OR neoplasms OR neoplastic OR neoplasia
    • nurs* = nurse OR nurses OR nursing OR nursed

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is the Public Health and Community Engagement Librarian at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.