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Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: Measuring the Impact of Knowledge

This guide includes information on which of the databases contain citation measures that can be used to gage either an author, article or journal impact.

Cited Reference Searching with SCOPUS


Scopus is a multidisciplinary database covering sciences and social sciences. This abstract and citation database has smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research from your region and from the rest of world.

The following steps outline how you can do a cited reference search in Scopus :

1. Go to Scopus from Database Finder.

2. Enter a few citation details into the main search page. The most efficient way to search is to enter the article title in the first box. In the next search box, enter the author's last name. Let us search for the following article:

Florence, M. D., Asbridge, M., & Veugelers, P. J. (2008). Diet quality and academic performance. Journal of School Health, 78(4), 209-215.


3. In the search results, identify the proper citation. The record for the citation will display how many times this article has been cited according to Scopus. This number can differ from Web of Science and Google Scholar. In this example it has been cited 50 times. Click on the Find It button to access the full-text, if UM Libraries have a subscription to it. Otherwise, you will be prompted to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information about cited reference searching and general tips on using Scopus, consult the interactive tutorials from Scopus (see the last link on the bottom "Cited Reference Searching").

How to Use Scopus

The Citation Searching and Bibliometric Measures guide from the University of Pittsburgh provides step-by-step instructions on: