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Documents search

Use the 'Documents' search option to search for publications on a particular topic, or other search criteria.

  • Enter your first search term in the search box.
  • Choose the field you wish to search from the drop-down menu. If you are searching for records on a particular subject or topic you can leave this as the default Article title, Abstract, Keywords.
  • To add more search fields click on the + add search field button.
  • Choose date limits if required with add date range. Then hit Search.

Scopus document search screen

Document search tips

  • The search is not case sensitive.
  • A hyphen is considered a space.
  • Scopus will automatically search for some variations on words, such as plurals, e.g. criterion will find criteria.
  • ‘Stop words’ such as 'the', 'his', 'because' are ignored, unless the phrase is enclosed in quotation marks "".
  • The question mark ? symbol will replace a single character, while an asterisk * will replace multiple characters, e.g. wom?n will find women or woman; colour* will find colourful, coloured, etc.
  • Boolean searching is available – choose from the drop down boxes when search fields are added, or type in the operators (AND, OR, AND NOT).
  • Take care if using multiple operators as they are processed in the following order of precedence: OR, AND, AND NOT.

How to conduct a basic search