New Resource Available and Resource of the Month February 2016: SCOPUS

It’s a two-for-one deal! ¬†We’ve just managed to sneak it in as February’s resource of the month too ūüôā


We’re very pleased to announce that Scopus is now available to all Abertay staff and students!

What is Scopus?

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research.

Do you need to find the right references for an assignment, monitor a research topic or trend, identify the top researchers in a particular field or track the success of your own research? Abertay Library helps make your research pursuit easier through access to Scopus, the largest abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature. Use Scopus to find and evaluate research, no matter what your area of interest.

How do I access Scopus?

Use this Link both on and off-campus to access Scopus.  You can also find it on the A-Z Online Resources page.

Both IP and Shibboleth authentication have been set up for this resource in order to make on and off-campus access easier. ¬†This means that if you don’t use the authenticated link and go directly to¬†– you’ll still be recognised as an Abertay user on-campus (via our IP range) but would have to select Institutional/Shibboleth login when attempting to access off-campus. ¬†We always recommend using the Library authenticated links provided so it’s best not to go direct to

The first time you login on-campus, you will see the screen below. ¬†Select the ‘Nesli Abertay University, Athens + Shibboleth‘ option and check the ‘Remember this organisation’ box so that you won’t see this screen next time. ¬†Click continue and enter your network username and password:

Scopus Login

How do I get the most out of Scopus? (User Guides and Training)

The publisher recommends following these five simple steps to get the most out of Scopus:

  1. Register with Scopus to create search, citation and author alerts
  2. Watch the Introduction to Scopus training video
  3. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for easy-to-follow instructions
  4. Discover and follow insider tips & tricks on the Scopus blog
  5. Subscribe to the Scopus newsletter 

How do I use Scopus?

  • Click¬†Search¬†to open the Scopus search forms: Document,¬†Author,¬†Affiliation, and¬†Advanced. From the Search form, you can search Scopus for specific scientific documents.
  • Click¬†Browse Sources¬†to browse or search the indexed sources and journals by title.
  • Click¬†Compare journals¬†to analyse and compare journals based on citation metrics such as Impact per Publication, SCImago Journal Rank and SNIP.
  • Click¬†My list¬†to view and manage your temporary lists of¬†documents. You can select documents and save them for later use within a session, but you can also save documents in a basket permanently.
Top Tip!
You can view how many times an article in Summon has been cited in Scopus – look out for the ‘Cited by (Scopus) icon in the results list:
Summon Cited by Scopus
For help and support with Scopus contact your Academic Librarian or email

Problems accessing EBL eBooks from Summon using IE – RESOLVED

The issues with EBL eBooks and Internet Explorer generating error messages both on and off-campus have now been resolved.

If you have any further problems accessing eBooks (or with any other resources) please let us know. You can contact us via Twitter, Facebook, Email, or by phone on (01382) 308833.

Thanks for your patience with this and apologies for any inconvenience it may have caused.

Summon linking issues

We are currently experiencing issues with Summon linking out to some content.  When clicking the Full Text link from the results list, you may see a Serials Solutions User Authentication screen which states:

‚ÄúWe’re sorry, but we don’t recognize you as a current client of Serials Solutions. This may be due to the fact that your trial has ended or the URL was entered incorrectly. If you continue to get this error message, please contact a librarian at your institution for assistance.‚ÄĚ

We have made some changes which should rectify this problem but are currently waiting for the build to update in order for these to take effect.  Hopefully this will be resolved today, or tomorrow at the latest.

In the meantime, you can still get to the content you have found via a Summon search – it will just take a few more steps. ¬†From the Summon results list, you will be able to see all the details about the item: whether it is an eBook or journal article, where it is available from (e.g. Science Direct, Dawsonera etc.), the publisher, year of publication etc. ¬†Once you’ve got the details you need, you can either go to our A-Z Online Resources or our Find a Journal search¬†to get to the full-text item.

A-Z Online resources contains authenticated links to our databases and eBook and e-journal collections – this means that you will be prompted for your network username and password and automatically have access to all of our subscribed content. Once you’ve logged in to the resource, you can search for the item you need. ¬†Remember, if you just search via Google, you won’t have access to our content without selecting the correct institutional login option so it is always quicker and easier to use our A-Z links or your Subject Guide pages.

Find a Journal is a tool which allows you to quickly search all of the Library’s subscribed
print and online journals by title. Use this when you are looking for a specific journal article
in a named journal.
Watch a quick video on using the Find a Journal Search:

We’re sorry for this disruption to the Summon service and any inconvenience that this may cause. ¬†We’re working to get this resolves as soon as we can.

If you wish to get in touch with us regarding this, please email