Why should you use a STEM Database such as Scopus or Web of Science?
Research databases, such as Scopus or Web of Science, can improve the efficiency of your search for research articles over more general resources, such as Google, by eliminating non-scholarly results and by providing additional search features to to help you narrow your search down to the most relevant articles. This tutorial will focus on Scopus and Web of Science, two of the most widely used STEM databases. Some of the key features include:
The tutorials to Scopus and Web of Science below will help you make the best use of these databases.
There are two ways you can access Scopus. The quickest way:
Below is a video showing basic searching of Scopus. (Or access the video on YouTube.)
The Web of Science is a collection of databases that containe information about research in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. You can choose to search all the databases included, the "Core Collection", or just a single database.
There are two ways you can access Web of Science. The quickest way:
This will take you to the Web of Science Core Collection. This version contains information about research in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage back to 1900. Content covers over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. This also has a few more features than the All Databases option.
To select other databases on the Web of Science platform, you can select the database of your choice from the Select a database dropdown menu on the Web of Science homepage. If you highlight an option from the list, you will see a window with text describing that database.
The All Databases option contains all of the Core Collection, plus nine other databases. For example, this includes BIOSIS (for life sciences and biomedical research), MEDLINE (The U.S. National Library of Medicine's database), and Zoological Record (the world's leading taxonomic reference and oldest database of animal biology).
If you are not sure which to use, you can pick one and then change as needed. You can also choose which database(s) you want to search once you are on the Web of Science platform.
Below is a video showing basic searching of the Web of Science: All Databases. (Or access the video on YouTube.)
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