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Scopus Database Trial

Scopus Database Trial

Scopus Database Trial

UC Campuses to Evaluate Scopus

The University of California community will be trialing Scopus, a large, multidisciplinary research database, through December, 2010. Scopus was developed by the scholarly publisher Elsevier, and contains research literature and selected websites.   

Overview:
Scopus indexes, selectively abstracts, and provides citation analysis (since 1996) for nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4000 publishers (including ~1200 Open Access journals).  Unlike Web of Science, Scopus also includes conference proceedings, trade publications, patents and over 431 million web pages. Although most comprehensive in the sciences, Scopus is currently expanding its coverage of the social sciences and humanities literature.

Features:

  • Alerts
  • Citation information (i.e. number of times cited)
  • UC eLinks support for access to full-text, call numbers, or Request          

Evaluation:
During the Scopus evaluation period, members of the UC community are invited to consider its coverage and functionalities in comparison with similar databases. (e.g. Web of Science and Google Scholar).  Given the current fiscal restraints throughout the UC system, it is unlikely that CDL or any of the UC Libraries will be able to provide access to multiple resources with duplicative or similar content after 2009. The UC Libraries will be actively soliciting feedback on Scopus from end users during the course of the access period.


Contact:
The librarian at UCR who is coordinating the systemwide evaluation of Scopus is Michele Potter who may be contacted at 
michelep@ucr.edu for additional information and feedback.                



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