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Scopus: Training

Upcoming Scopus/SciVal training opportunities

The Edmon Low Library will be hosting trainers from Elsevier to lead workshops on Scopus and SciVal. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, and books and book chapters. SciVal aggregates and visualizes research output by institution, subject, department, or researcher. It allows for benchmarking relative to peer institutions, analysis of new research trends, and creating reports.

At present, there are no Scopus or SciVal workshops scheduled.  For specific questions or for training assistance, please contact a librarian at   You may find the short videos below useful for basic instruction.

Agendas for past workshops:

Scopus/SciVal Workshops – Library Room 206

9 am - 10:30 am – SciVal: Overview and Analytics

·         Brief overview

·         Data and Metrics in SciVal

·         Author profiles

·         Building and analyzing research entities

11 am - Noon – Scopus Overview

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm – SciVal Hands-On Workshop

·         Module overview

·         Metrics and analytics

·         Benchmarking institution and groups

Connect to Scopus

Search Examples for Training Sessions



hamerkop OR "Scopus umbretta"

violent video games

(caffeine or coffee or soda or pop) and addiction

effects of licorice on the heart

Author Searches (will return different results than a Document Search, try comparing results):

Sizmur T

Gschneidner, Karl A (materials science)

Hausmann, Ricardo (history)

Schnable, Patrick (plant sciences)

Brad J. Bushman from Iowa State University

B.W. Jones from Kansas State University

Reasons to do an author search:

  1. You only know the author's name and a) the year of a publication or b) where they work.
  2. You want to look up someone's full publication list (maybe even your own!)
  3. You want to see who they co-author papers with.
  4. You want to see your own statistics such as citation counts and the names of the people who are citing you (or see who's citing someone else).

Cited Reference Searches - look for articles that have CITED:

Grau, Oliver. Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.

Zolberg, Vera L. Constructing a Sociology of the Arts. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1942.

Whitkus, Richard; Doebley, John; and Michael Lee. 1992. "Comparative Genome Mapping of Sorphum and Maize." Genetics, v. 132, no. 4, pp. 1119-1130.

Canagarajah, S. (2001). "Addressing issues of power and difference in ESL academic writing." IN J. Flowerdew & M. Peacock (Eds.), Research perspectives in English for academic purposes (pp. 117-131).Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Altmetrics Examples – search for the following and look at their abstract pages:

"LEGO bricks as building blocks for centimeter-scale biological environments" - blogs, news, reddit, twitter, etc.

“Time to tenure in Spanish universities”

“Mendelian and Non-Mendelian Regulation of Gene Expression in Maize”– Schnable article in PLoS Genetics

“To gibberellins and beyond” – includes link to YouTube video!

“Violent Video Games” by DeLisi– lots of altmetrics

“Let your hands do the thinking”– highest scoring article in the journal to date!

“LEGO-like DNA structures” – Pinned + Facebook + Tweets

“Cholinergic pesticides cause mushroom body” – serious Altmetrics on this one! Nature article mentioned in number of media outlets

“MOOCs taken by educated few” – Nature article – blog, media, facebook, tweets, reddit

"Finding generality in ecology" - Harpole article. 6 citations; 1 Facebook; 25 Tweets; 29 Mendeley