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Scopus Announces first-of-its-kind Customized Institutional Resources and Digital Archive Searches


Amsterdam – August 21, 2006 – Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research information and quality Web sources, today announced that it is the first and only database of its kind to provide a fully customizable feature to its customers that enables users to search within selected repositories or subject specific digital archives within the Scopus interface. This new feature in Scopus, Selected Sources, allows customers to choose from a list of institutional resources and special subject collections indexed by Scirus to be made individually searchable in a separate tab; in effect highlighting the best scientific information from the web to their users.

Furthermore, for the first time, librarians can request for their own institutes’ repositories and digital archive to be indexed and made searchable through the Scopus interface.

Now that these Selected Sources can be selected and searched separately by universities, departments, government agencies and corporations can enhance traditional literature searching by providing easy access to non-published intellectual output such as theses, lecture notes, presentations, manuscripts and prepress papers. Additionally it provides exposure of the research carried out at institutes that offer their repositories online and it bridges the gap between traditional and new search environments.

“Scopus now provides easy access to our institution’s repository by internal and external parties, generating added global exposure of the research our staff is conducting" said Hurbert Krekels, Repository Manager, Wageningen University and Research Centre. “In addition, the Selected Sources feature will allow us to provide a new, highly valuable service to our researchers by empowering our departments with the ability to customize an area of Scopus and dedicate it to their area of interest.”

“Users demand the ability to conduct both comprehensive and targeted research, which is why it is so important to make scientific information accessible regardless of where it is stored. The information they need may be in their own library or another, it may be published within a journal or on the Web or even unpublished. We are striving to provide a simple way for researchers to access relevant scientific literature by removing barriers between these different information sources.” said Jaco Zijlstra Scopus Director “Above all, it brings all the resources together within one interface while keeping them separate through the use of tabs, simplifying the research work flow significantly”

Librarians can choose from over 19 institutional repositories indexed by Elsevier’s Scirus including MIT OpenCourseWare, the University of Toronto’s T-Space, the Caltech collection of open digital archives and other gray literature sources such as NASA. The Selected Sources feature is available to all subscribers and can be quickly and easily customized by contacting Scopus’ E-Helpdesk.

Customers can also request their repositories to be indexed by Scirus for free.

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest to use navigation tool ever built. Scopus is designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

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About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in 77offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect, MD Consult, Scopus, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier’s ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).


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