All About Scopus

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What is Scopus? 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature across disciplines, making it a great tool for doing research. It also provides access to reliable article data, metrics and analytical tools. As well as the search function, Scopus has a powerful current awareness tool so new research in your discipline can be emailed to you at a time that suits you. 

Getting started with Scopus  

You can directly link to Scopus or find it from the subject resources pages. For new users, we have a ‘Getting Started with Scopus’ training toolkit.  

You can search Scopus without creating an account, but to get the full current awareness benefits, we recommend setting one up. 

Scopus is provided by Elsevier, so if you already have a Mendeley or ScienceDirect account, you can simply use that. 

Scopus training:

12-1pm, Thursday 10/6, Microsoft Teams

Join here

Searching Scopus 

Scopus is straightforward to search. The home screen defaults to your keywords matching ‘Article Title, Abstract, Key Words’. This is an effective setting, but more advanced or customisable options are available, so the database supports systematic reviews and other search strategies.  

Once you receive your search results, it’s possible to order them by: Relevance, Cited by (Highest), Date or Author.  

Accessing the full text from Scopus 

If the University subscribes to the full text of a paper you find in Scopus, you can use the 360 Link to Full Text link to download it.  

A search result in Scopus. The 360 Link to Full Text option is highlighted.

If you have downloaded the LibKey Nomad web browser extension (for more information, see this blog post), you will see options to Download a PDF of your article and to View the Complete Issue of the journal.  

Additional options are displayed duch as 'download PDF' and 'view complete issue'.
Additional options are available if you have downloaded the LibKey Nomad browser extension

If your selected article is in a journal which Edge Hill does not subscribe to, you can use our You want it, We get it service to request a copy.  

Analyse search results’ in Scopus 

a series of graphs
By clicking on ‘Analyze search results’ you can view a series of data visualisations based on your results

Scopus provides data visualisations for researchers active in your field, journals publishing papers on your topic, and research funders in the discipline.  

This can all be explored by clicking on the ‘Analyze search results’ link above your search results. 

Current awareness in Scopus 

Scopus also helps with keeping up to date with new papers in your field. Save your search and set up email alerts to be notified when new results are uploaded to Scopus. You can choose how often to be emailed with new papers.  

In conclusion 

While not as vast as Google Scholar, the research in Scopus is quality controlled and features helpful metadata to link it all together, allowing for a deeper appreciation, sophisticated tools, and multiple uses. 

Blog post by Olwen Pennington, Academic Engagement Team

Research in one click with LibKey Nomad

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About LibKey Nomad 

LibKey Nomad is a web browser extension that enables you to see with one-click which research articles are available open access or through Edge Hill library subscriptions. Nomad identifies the quickest way to access the full-text of an article and helps avoid paywalls.  

Installing the LibKey Nomad browser extension 

The browser extension is compatible with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox. To access it, just visit and choose your browser. After installation, you will be prompted to select Edge Hill as your institution.  

Good to know
LibKey Nomad does not collect user data

Using the LibKey Nomad browser extension 

After you have installed Nomad, it will highlight which of your search results are either open access or held by Edge Hill; you will be given the option to download the PDF.  

If an article is in a journal which the University subscribes to, you will also have the option to view the complete issue.  

the option 'download PDF' is visible next to the search result

When you find results that we don’t have in our library collections, you will see the ‘Access Options’ message. This will direct you to our You Want It We Get It service where you can request an interlibrary loan copy of the paper.   

the link 'access options' is visible next to the search result

Summary: a handy little tool for making access to research quicker

It takes just a few minutes to set up, and Nomad should save you lots of time with literature searching. The tool also sits inside other websites like Scopus and Wikipedia, improving your experience there. We hope you like it!

Blog post by: Olwen Pennington, Academic Engagement Team

Research for everybody: making Edge Hill research more accessible

We share what we’re doing to make the most popular research in Edge Hill Pure fully accessible, so everyone can learn and build upon it.

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The homepage of Pure, Edge Hill University’s Research Information Repository. Over 10,000 research outputs have been deposited here by the University’s researchers.
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EndNote 20 is here

Here we bring together all the guidance on using the new version of EndNote at home or on-campus.

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"EndNote gets you organized, saves you time, and helps you fly through your next research project. Import references, Share reference libraries,
Cite while you write, Reformat citation styles, Research Smarter.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is reference management software best used for research projects. It has lots of advanced features, but can take a long time to learn and master. If you wish to use referencing software for a taught course (undergraduate, PGT) we recommend using RefWorks instead.

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Upcoming Events: research and society

By Helen Bell, Research Support Team

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View of the King’s Library at the British Library. Photograph by Mike Peel CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Take a quick look at what is coming up over the next couple of months, in case there is a free event that you will find interesting and informative.


Join the British Library’s panel of experts who will be exploring Trump’s impact on domestic and foreign politics.

  • ‘You’re Fired’? Reviewing the Trump Presidency

Thursday 21st January 2021, 19:00-20:15

Take a break and spark an interest with the British Library’s Curators’ Lectures. This lecture, Beyond the Exhibition: Women’s Rights in Asia and Africa.

  • Unfinished Business: Curators’ Lunchtime Lecture – Beyond the Exhibition 1

Friday 22nd January 2021, 12:30-13:30


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Gathering together in the North West, members of the research support teams at the University of Liverpool, LJMU and Edge Hill have put together a programme of 9 events over 3 days dedicated to open research. Please take a look to see what might be of interest:

The keynote session is:

  • ‘The Open Revolution: making a radically fairer and free future’
    Dr Rufus Pollock
    Tuesday 9th February 2021 10.30-11.30
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An introduction by the UK Data Service to the new Catalogue of Mental Health Measures that compiles and organises information about mental health measures in over 30 studies. It features descriptions of the studies and the measures of mental health and wellbeing they have collected, as well as information about statistical resources and training.

  • The Catalogue of Mental Health Measures: Discovering the depths of mental health data in UK longitudinal studies.

Thursday 11th February 2021, 16:00-17:30

Register in advance online for free, what more could you ask for!
Enjoy the debates.

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Looking back: Open Access Week 2020

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Open Access Week is celebrated by universities and researchers from around the world, aiming to make openness a default value for research and how we share it. It could not take place at a busier time for academic libraries but, ever year the community comes together to share great practice and talks by inspiring individuals who are seeking to bring greater equity to research.

What was everyone doing?

There were loads of great events, but the British Library’s fantastic ‘Open and Engaged‘ conference stood out. This focussed on inequities in scholarly communications and showed what we can do to level the playing field for global research, so voices from researchers all places and institutions can be heard and valued. One takeaway was the need for ‘denorthernization’ – that is, shifting the focus away from just research written in English and from authors in the Global North.

What did we do at Edge Hill?

The Library and Learning Services Research Support Team ran a virtual poster exhibition on Twitter and delivered a webinar on sharing research and teaching materials openly on Figshare.

The posters

Originally created and shared openly by Iowa State University for Open Access Week 2017, we thought these were too good not to share and revive! The exception is the poster for The Invisible Man (1933), also free to use.

Monday – ‘Bring your research back to life!’

A poster showing an image from a horror movie to promote open access. There is a depiction of Frankenstein's monster in the foreground, reaching towards the viewer. The text says "Bring your research back to life! Share you work with the world with Pure"

This poster promoted Edge Hill Pure, reminding researchers that by openly sharing your work, you can bring a whole new audience to it.

Tuesday – ‘the Invisible Researcher’

A movie poster from 'The Invisible Man'. The text beneath reads, "Feeling invisible? Anyone can make research easier to access with ORCID"

Here we highlighted ORCID, the research ID platform. This great initiative helps individuals with popular names stand out from the crowd and claim ownership of their research outputs.

Wednesday – ‘Don’t get held hostage by copyright’

A movie poster image with a werewolf entering a house through the window. The text reads, "Don't be held hostage by copyright! Publish open access"

Nothing illustrates copyright better than a werewolf! With this tweet we wanted to show how researchers can keep their copyright rather than signing it over to the publisher and by doing so, they can share their outputs far more widely and openly.

Thursday– ‘Hybrid journals strike again!’

A horror-themed movie poster to promote open access. The image features a monster petrifying authors. The text reads, "APC costs petrify authors!"

It can cost money to publish your research articles, leading to all kinds of inequity. When this happens, the richer universities can enjoy the benefits of open access, while less well funded institutions may have to publish research behind a paywall. This is changing though, and we summarise the new opportunities on offer on our new webpage:

Friday – ‘The future is open’

A poster featuring a woman looking towards the viewer and holding a crystal ball. The text reads, "The future is open".

Like it or not, the open research movement (also known as ‘open science’) is gaining ground, and research funders are insisting on open research practices such as reproducibility and open access with zero embargoes. The future then, is looking bright for bringing true structural equity to research. Here we highlighted Edge Hill Figshare as a platform for making research outputs ore open.

The webinar

Together with Dr Dawne Irving Bell from the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Liam delivered a webinar on sharing data openly with Figshare and introducing the National Teaching Repository, an open way to share teaching materials. It was great to show what we’re doing to make both research and teaching more open and accessible and discuss the benefits witht he community. You can here see the webinar recording here:

An image from the webinar 'open access data and teaching material at Edge Hill University'. This shows the title slide of the presentation.