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Introduction to Scopus: Researchers, research staff, and graduate students

Intro to Scopus functionality


Scopus is a large citation and abstract database of research sources, including journals, books, conference proceedings and trade publications. It provides researchers with a tool to search, discover, analyze subject areas and fields of interest across science, technology, medicine, social science, and arts and humanities.

Intended Audiences

This workshop is for:

  • Faculty
  • UVic Staff (especially with interest in research impact)
  • Graduate Students

This workshop is for a general audience; no previous knowledge of the Scopus is needed. It is applicable to early, mid, and late career researchers as well as staff working on research impact analysis.

Outline or Agenda


  • Review the utility of Scopus
  • Explore the Scopus interface

Hands on Activities 


  • Discuss how Scopus can benefit one’s research activities 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain that Scopus is multidisciplinary database 
  • Conduct a basic search in Scopus
    • Document search
    • Author profile search
    • Institutional search
    • Source search
  • Explore advanced search functions
  • Understand how Scopus can benefit one’s research activities
  • Participants may explore additional optional activities around managing your author profile, setting up alerts, and identifying top journals and collaborators

Pre-class videos, readings and exercises




  • For a brief overview of Scopus, read through the Scopus Factsheet. Also available as a PDF below - 

Pre-class quiz

Complete this short, 2 minute anonymous pre-class survey.

Post-class assessment and course feedback

Complete this short, 2 minute anonymous post-class survey.

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