Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Researchers - DIT now has Scopus

Thanks to the Directorate of Research and Enterprise, DIT now has a subscription to Scopus until 30th August 2015. 

 Scopus is an excellent tool for researchers.  According to Elsevier:
 Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Scopus allows you to set up email alerts, so you’re alerted whenever an author publishes a new paper, or is cited by another author, when a new article on a particular topic is published, or  when a new paper cites a paper you’re interested in.

From a bibliometrics point of view, Scopus is an excellent complement to Web of Science, to which DIT also subscribes, since Scopus has better coverage of Social Science titles.

You can learn more about the bibliometric strengths and weaknesses of Scopus in the MyRi (Measuring your Research Impact) online tutorial - see especially sections 1.5 (The Main Bibliometrics Tools), and 2.2 (Main Citation Analysis Tools).

Scopus can be accessed on- and off-campus from the library's databases pagePlease Ask a Librarian if you have any questions about Scopus.