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Scopus: About Scopus

What is Scopus?

A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in all subject areas. In addition to citation searching, it features tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Why search Scopus? Scopus has powerful tools that help will help you analyze your research results. There will be overlap with search results from PubMed and other databases, but if your topic is interdisciplinary, Scopus may be very useful to your research.

Note: You will be required to enter your Canvas username/login in order to access Scopus. If you are off-campus or using a personal device, you will also be asked to enter your  network user name and password.

Why use Scopus?

  • Use Scopus to search on your topic when you want search results that are interdisciplinary and include international literature.
  • Use Scopus when you would like to see results ranked by times cited and relevance and as well as by date.
  • Look up an important paper on Scopus and see the reference list as well as the forward cites to the paper.


Part of this guide were taken from the Iowa State University Libraries Scopus guide:

About Scopus

Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed journal articles, books, conference proceedings and patents that was released in 2004. It includes:

  • Over 69 million records
    • 62.4+ million records post-1969 with references
  • 22,800 titles from over 5,000 publishers, including open access journals
  • Over 560 book series
  • Over 8 million conference papers
  • "Articles in Press" from over 8,000 journals

Publishers indexed in Scopus

Subject Area Coverage