Gillian Griffiths, Senior Scopus Product Manager and search specialist, recently held a webinar sharing "Scopus search tips to make your research more effective." In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.
First, it’s important to know that the data in Scopus is highly structured; every piece of information is tagged, even down to the initials of the author in a reference inside an article’s list of references. This is what ensures that your search will be precise and return reliable results, and also differentiates Scopus from web search engines (watch minutes 00:09:30-00:12:43 to learn more).
As put by Gillian in the webinar, search is the process of "connecting the question in your head to the information inside the 61+ million items in Scopus." So, what do you need to know in order to get the best results for your question? Here are 6 key things to keep in mind:
Corresponds to minutes 00:12:57-00:26:52 of the webcast:
1. Loose phrases vs. separate words