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SCOPUS for Science and Medicine Isabel McMann [email protected] Penny Roberts [email protected] 18th February, 2009 What is Scopus? • Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. • Works with SCIRUS search engine What does it include? • Peer-reviewed journals • Results from scientific web pages • Patent records • Medline records 1966 – • Content from other databases: Embase 1970Compendex 1970Geobase 1980- Why use Scopus? • Scholarly, interdisciplinary content • Weekly or daily updates • Complex searching and refining results • Links to full text and OLIS • Searches databases and the web simultaneously • Search history can be viewed • Current awareness alerts can be set up • Easy to set up bibliography of results Functionality • Searching • Limits • Sorting results • Citation searching • Search History • Alerts • Output Web searching Also searches the web via SCIRUS Elsevier’s science search engine www.scirus.com Why Scirus? • Pinpoints relevant data on the Web • Finds the latest articles etc. • Filters out non-scientific sites • Searches a combination of web sources Weaknesses • No controlled vocabulary/ subject heading searching • Citation searching more comprehensive in Web of Knowledge • Clinical queries - use Medline / PubMed Strengths • User friendly, intuitive • Inter-disciplinary academic content • Good for any science topic • Good for free-text, keyword searching • Simultaneous web and patent searches • Citation searching (back to 1996) • Alerts, to keep you up to date with research • Many links to full text • Regular updates/improvements • Good help pages and online support Next week’s session Resources for Geography and Environment Monday 23rd February at OUCS – book online Your subject specialists: • Bio- and Environmental Science: • [email protected] • Physical Sciences: • [email protected] • Medical Sciences: • [email protected] Sample search: What are the effects of climate change and global warming on fisheries Search as: (climate change OR global warming) AND fisheries Topics you can try… • What are the ethical implications of face transplants? • How does solar power help with the problem of global warming? • How is airplane safety affected by metal fatigue?