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Tips and tricks for using the Scopus research database, including advanced searching and setting up alerts.

Questions about Scopus

When will the Web of Science index no longer be accessible?
The Web of Science index will no longer be accessible on January 1, 2021.

Why are you discontinuing Web of Science?
The decision to end our subscription to Web of Science was fiscally motivated and in line with the ASU Library’s commitment meeting university budgetary needs and maintaining the best use of library resources. Switching from Web of Science to Scopus will account for a significant six-figure savings annually for the library.

Will access to journal content be lost as part of this transition?
While ending this subscription will entail losing access to newly indexed content on Web of Science beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the ASU Library will not lose access to any journal content that may be available on other databases. ASU librarians are available for assistance in locating new content locations.

What is Scopus and why was it selected as the replacement for Web of Science?
Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources with tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus was identified as the appropriate replacement for Web of Science because it provides similar functionality and coverage, with a 97 percent overlap in content, at a much more affordable cost. For more information, see our comparison chart.

Will there be offered training on how to use Scopus?
Yes. Both virtual and in-person workshops on how to use Scopus will be offered by the ASU Library. To learn more about how to get trained in Scopus, including tips and tricks for advanced searching and setting up alerts, visit the Scopus LibGuide: Using Scopus.

Where can I get more information on the transition to Scopus?
More information on the transition to Scopus is available at the Scopus LibGuide or by contacting Ask a Librarian.

What will happen to my EndNote account through Web of Science (EndNote Web)?

There is a free EndNote Online Basic account and an EndNote Web of Science account (also known as EndNote Web). They have the same storage (2GB). The main difference is the Web of Science EndNote account contains 3300+ citation styles, and EndNote Basic account contains 21.  Please see our citation management tools comparison chart.

When someone leaves ASU, their Web of Science EndNote account converts to the free EndNote Basic account. This will be the same as we lose access to Web of Science. Your EndNote Online account will still be available, minus the extra citation styles. You can sign in to EndNote Online using the same user name and password as your Web of Science EndNote account at the EndNote Online site.

Is there someone I can speak to about this transition?
Yes. Please contact
John Kromer, Head of the STEM Division, or Eric Prosser, Engineering and Entrepreneurship Librarian, at the ASU Library.

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