Faculty-Staff Digest - (12/03/2012  @ 10:28 AM)

Do you use the Web of Science citation database? (Joan Campbell)

The Library now has a trial to the citation database, Scopus, and we would like to hear from those of you who use the citation database we currently subscribe to, Web of Science. We ask because in recent years several of our peer institutions, including Colby and Bates, have switched from the Web of Science (WOS) database to Scopus for a variety of reasons, including expanded content and other features. So we are taking a look at Scopus to see if we like it better than WOS. Note that both databases include citation searching for the social sciences and a bit for the humanities. Scopus plans on adding more humanities content.

Scopus is a much bigger database, but the citation searching part of it goes back only to 1996, whereas WOS does citation searching back to 1990. (Both do just straight indexing of articles a lot further back than that.) Would that 6 years of citation searching be important to you?

We have a trial for Scopus for 2 more weeks and we would love to get your feedback. Here’s the link to the trial.

And a link to our subscription to WOS for comparison:

We look forward to your feedback.

Your friends at the Library