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Scopus: Introduction

Use this guide to help you search Scopus more effectively and to find out how to manage your search results. After reading this introductory page, click each heading in the following row of tabs:

What is Scopus?

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  • What is Scopus? Scopus provides details of articles and other documents from more than 30,000 academic journals, 1500 book series, 700 conference proceedings and 800 trade publications.  All of the journals indexed by Scopus are peer-reviewed.
  • Subject coverage: Many subject areas are covered including social and policy sciences, architecture, biosciences, chemistry, economics, education, engineering, health, management, mathematics, medicine, physics, physiotherapy, politics, social science, social work and sports science. Scopus is stronger in some areas than others so please check the databases recommended in the Library's webpages for your subject - to find these, click the relevant subject in the right-hand column of the Library Homepage.
  • Date coverage: Scopus has a strong leaning towards indexing literature from the late 20th century onwards but it also contains records of literature dating back to 1788.

Connecting to Scopus

  • To connect to Scopus: click either the Scopus link in the Library Catalogue or one of the Scopus links in the Library's 'resources for your subject' webpages (connect to these webpages via the list of subject on the Library Homepage). Here's another link:


  • Off-campus students and staff: after clicking a Scopus link, you will be asked to enter your University of Bath username and password (unless you are connecting via VPN/UniDesk).
  • Once you have entered Scopus, a dialog box may appear asking you to sign in to Scopus - you don't need to do this if all you want to do is search Scopus or save individual search results. You can close the dialog box and remain in Scopus. The 'saving searches & alerts' tab of this guide outlines the benefits of signing in to Scopus.

Checking the availability of an article/document

  • As with most library databases, Scopus provides abstracts/summaries of articles and other documents. The availability of the full document depends on whether the Library has bought the content and while we provide an extensive collection of literature, there are some gaps in coverage.
  • To check the availability of a document that you've found out about in Scopus, click the blue and white 'links' button in the relevant search result. Click this to take you into the Library Catalogue where you find either a link to the full document, or a statement explaining that the content is unavailable.
  • If the full text is unavailable, please consider requesting it through our Inter-library Loans service. For further information and an online request form, please click the following link: