Thursday, August 14, 2008

SCOPUS now available

Support for research and teaching in the sciences and social sciences in Cambridge has received a major boost through a University Library subscription to Elsevier's Scopus database.

The Library's investment in Scopus represents one of the most significant enhancements to information provision in the sciences in the University for some years. During a trial earlier this year it scored very highly on content and usability with researchers and undergraduates alike, many of whom responded by requesting its continuation.

Developed in conjunction with researchers to provide an easily navigated single entry-point to the world's scientific information, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database for the sciences and social sciences. Covering around 40% more titles than its rivals, it covers:

15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers, including coverage of:

  • Over 1,200 Open Access journals

  • 500 Conference Proceedings

  • Over 600 Trade Publications

  • Over 200 Book Series

33 million abstracts, of which:

  • 16 million records include references going back to 1996

  • 17 million pre-1996 records go back as far as 1869
Scopus also indexes 386 million scientific web pages, including 22 million patents from 5 patent offices. Web sources are searched via Scirus, and include author homepages, university sites and resources such as the preprint servers CogPrints and

Features include:
  • Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources
  • Tools that give an at-a-glance overview of search results and refine them to the most relevant hits
  • Alerts to keep users up-to-date on new articles matching your search query, or by favourite author

For access to Scopus go to

Off-campus access using Raven passwords is expected to be available from Friday 22 August.

The database is updated daily. For more information on Scopus go to

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