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Legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina And Scopus Sign Ground-Breaking Agreement


Amsterdam - October 05, 2006 - Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research information and quality Web sources, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, today announce that the library will make Scopus available to their community. Scopus is the latest addition to this world-class learning facility.

The original library was established in c. 290BC and stood, in some form, until the end of the fourth century AD when the last remnants were destroyed by Imperial Decree. The legendary Bibliotheca Alexandrina was rebuilt in 2002 and is well on its way to achieving its mission as Egypt’s world-class center of learning, offering millions of books, a centre for internet and internet archives, three museums, a planetarium, two permanent exhibitions, six art galleries, a conference centre and seven research institutes.

“Our new library is designed to recapture the ancient library’s heritage of science, discovery, dialogue and learning,” said Dr. Sohair Wastawy, chief librarian of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. “Scopus is an essential addition as its broad, interdisciplinary coverage offers not only abstracts of major peer reviewed journals in STM, but also open Access Journals, trade publications, and conference proceedings. It represents a tremendous aggregation of resources for our users. It is great to see how easy it is for our researchers to use Scopus; whether they are budding scholars or well established scientists. Scopus adds value by putting researchers in the driving seat. It helps them filter and analyze the vast quantities of research available"

Scopus brings the broadest set of quality content including a comprehensive mix of international scientific research literature, books, selected Web sources, patents and more together in one interface. It will therefore provide central support to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s research programs, including agriculture, chemistry, physics, astronomy, medical and social sciences.

“The founders of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina have embarked on a truly worthwhile endeavor – to build an institute that rivals the legend of the original library,” said Jaco Zijlstra, Scopus Director. “We are truly honored to be chosen to be a part of this initiative.”


About The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Situated close to the original site of the ancient Library of Alexandria, The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, inaugurated in October 2002, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of the original library. It aspires to be the world’s window on Egypt and Egypt’s window on the world. The library complex contains space for millions of books, a center for the internet and its archive, museums of antiquities, manuscripts, the history of science and more. In addition the library includes seven research institutes covering manuscripts, genealogy, calligraphy and writing, information sciences, Mediterranean and Alexandrian studies, the arts and scientific research.

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 over 70 offices 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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