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Revamp Your Research Plan: Citation Chasing, Keyword Searching, and More

Learn how the professionals search for articles, books, and other scholarly works through citation chasing and optimal keyword searching. This guide accompanies the Savvy Researcher workshop, "Revamp Your Research Plan: Citation Chasing, Keyword Searching

About Scopus

Scopus is a citation and abstract database of peer-reviewed literature from the sciences. This database covers research from the Life, Physical, Health, and Social Sciences as well as the Humanities. In addition to citation chasing, you can search by Author, by Document, and even by Affiliation, meaning you can see all of the articles published by U of I Scopus indexes.

Citation Chasing in Scopus

Forward

Step 1.

On the Library homepage search for "Scopus" in Easy Search. A direct link to Scopus  will be at the top of your search results.

Step 2.

When you get into Scopus, enter the information you have about the author or article. In this example we will search for "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool" and change the drop down box to say "Article Title". Then click on "Add Search Field" to add another search box. In that one we will put the author's last name and first initial (Miller, W) and search by Author.


Step 3.

Check the results to be sure it has given you the correct article. Look to the right of the record for the number of times the article has been cited. Click on that number to see the list of articles that have cited it.


Step 4.

The final result is a list of articles that have cited the article.
 You will see the name of the article, "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool" in the top left corner, as well as the number of articles.

Note: Cited references go back only to 1970 in Scopus.

Backward

Step 1.

On the Library homepage search for "Scopus" in Easy Search. A direct link to Scopus will be at the top of your search results.

Step 2.

When you get into Scopus, enter the information you have about the author or article. In this example we will search for "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool" and change the drop down box to say "Article Title". Then click on "Add Search Field" to add another search box. In that one we will put the author's last name and first initial (Miller, W) and search by Author.


Step 3.

Check the results to be sure it has given you the correct article. Click on the 'Discover full-text' button to access the full-text version of the article. Clicking this button will prompt you to log in with your netID and password, if you have not already, and will also prompt a 'Discover Full-Text Linking' page. At this page, underneath 'Online Full Text' you will see a red 'Go' button after the text indicating that the full-text is available at Elsevier ScienceDirect Journals. Click on the red 'Go' button to access the full-text in ScienceDirect.

Step 4.

Once you have accessed the item record for the full-text at ScienceDirect, scroll towards the bottom of the record until you see the References section. There you will be able to see the articles that the author of "Basic Local Alignment Search Tool" cited in the writing of this article.