The Scopus database is available to the Boston College community through 2017, allowing everyone to try it and provide feedback to the Libraries on the value of this tool to their work. We hope you will use it, along with Web of Science, a similar database, also offering broad disciplinary coverage and scholarly metrics -- and send us Feedback
Why use Scopus?
1. Search for:
- Scientific and scholarly articles
- Citations of articles (from 1996-)
- Citation score of authors (e.g., H-index)
- On a specific topic
- By a specific author
- That cite an article of interest
- That cite any article by a specific author
- Information on author, article, and journal rankings.
- Analyze a set of references by institutional affiliation of authors.
For the Most Power, Register for an Account
Find the Register link on the right side of the Scopus website page. Use your existing Elsevier account (from ScienceDirect, for example) or register for a new Scopus account to take advantage of some of the most useful features, such as saving searches and setting up regular alerts for new items published in your subject area, by others in the field, etc.
Scopus at a Glance
What does Scopus mean?
The name, Scopus, was inspired by the bird, Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), which supposedly has excellent navigation skills. [Burnham JF. Scopus database: a review. Biomed Digit Libr. 2006 Mar 8;3:1. doi:10.1186/1742-5581-3-1]
About This Guide
Thank you to the original authors of this guide developed at the University of Washington.