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Open Access Highly Accessed Resource review

Scopus database: a review

Judy F Burnham

Author Affiliations

University of South Alabama Biomedical Library, 316 BLB, Mobile, AL 36688, USA

Biomedical Digital Libraries 2006, 3:1  doi:10.1186/1742-5581-3-1

Published: 8 March 2006

Abstract

The Scopus database provides access to STM journal articles and the references included in those articles, allowing the searcher to search both forward and backward in time. The database can be used for collection development as well as for research. This review provides information on the key points of the database and compares it to Web of Science. Neither database is inclusive, but complements each other. If a library can only afford one, choice must be based in institutional needs.