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Library Update: Citation data and Scopus

Posted in Collections, databases, Library News, research, and Resources

Thank you to Chris Bulock for this Library News contribution to Cited at the Library.

Scopus information page.

The University Library has recently begun a subscription to Scopus, a database that allows you to search abstract and index information, connect to the library’s full text sources, and view citation data for authors, publications, and institutions. Scopus is a great tool to use if you are looking to survey the literature on a topic, if you’d like to find articles that cited a particular study, if you want to measure your own research impact, or if you’d like to identify potential collaborators. You can get started now with CSUN Library’s institutional access to Scopus.

Scopus Database Information

  • Over 1.8 billion cited references dating back to 1970
  • Over 84 million records
  • Over 17.6 million authors profiles
  • Over 94.8 thousand affiliation profiles
  • Over 26 thousand active serials titles
  • Over 243.4 thousand books
  • Over 17.5 million open access items
  • Over 7 thousand publishers

Scopus also offers journal rankings using their CiteScore, which is similar to an Impact Factor. You can search for journals by subject area at the Scopus Sources page.

Elsevier offers a guide to Scopus on their website and also provides video tutorials. Scopus will be taking the place of Web of Science, a competing database that CSUN users will no longer have access to. For any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Bulock, Chair of Collection Access and Management Services at