Scopus is a large, multidisciplinary database. There are a few things to keep in mind when searching Scopus.
To get to Scopus, you’ll want to start again at the pharmacy guide. From there, you can find the link to Scopus in the list of top clinical resources.
Scopus searching is more manual, so you’ll want to make sure you are including a number of synonyms and spelling variations for each term. For example, if you wanted to look for pharmd students’ attitudes toward Facebook use, you would want to be sure to search for pharmd OR pharmacy, then student OR students, then attitude OR attitudes OR opinion OR opinions, then social media OR facebook OR twitter OR tumblr OR Instagram.
When searching Scopus for multi-word phrases, always use quotes around your phrase (e.g., search for "social media" not social media). Scopus adds an AND in between any two words that are not already connected by a Boolean operator, so if you do not use quotes around your phrase, your search results may be thrown off.
Once you have put in all of your terms, you can combine them using your search history numbers listed at the bottom of the Scopus search page. To search for the terms in your first search AND your second search, you would type in #1 AND #2. To search for the terms in your first search OR your second search, you would type in #1 OR #2. To search for the terms in your first search but not the terms in your second search, you would type in #1 AND NOT #2.
When combining searches in Scopus, you cannot use parentheses, which means you can't switch between AND, OR, and AND NOT. So, if you had three searches (Search #1, Search #2, and Search #3) and you wanted to search for articles in Search #1 AND articles in either Search #2 OR Search #3, you would need to search for #2 OR #3, then search for #1 AND #4.
Scopus also contains search filters similar to those in PubMed and Embase. These filters are found along the left-hand side of your search results page and include options like:
In addition to traditional search options, you can also use Scopus to view the articles that have cited an article you are interested or view the articles that an article you are interested in has cited.
To view the articles that have cited your article of interest, click on the number of citations to the right of your article's information in the search results page.
To view the articles that your article has cited, click on the box to the left of your citation, then select the three dots that indicate more menu items and select "References."
When searching in Scopus, remember: