“Why, they must be superhuman, ultra-dedicated information-professional behemoths”

Scopus: the world’s most curated, authoritative database of peer-reviewed research literature. According to, well, the folk at Scopus. They also claim that content is curated from more than 5,000 publishers and divided into 27 major subject areas. And it includes:

  • 70,000 institutional profiles
  • 16 million active and historic researcher profiles
  • 70+ million records
  • 4 billion cited references

Big numbers there, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Given that Scopus is just one of the many, many databases available through Durham University Library, you may find yourself thinking:

“How do the Academic Liaison Librarian’s at Durham keep atop of the continual development of existing resources, along with the ever-growing number of new ones being added to Durham’s holdings? Why, they must be superhuman, ultra-dedicated information professional behemoths”

Of course, you’d be right. But in order to give ourselves a helping hand, we also take advantage of whatever opportunities arise to keep us fully-skilled – such as the Scopus Certification Program for Librarians, currently helping to keep the skills of a number of us as sharp a razor. A bibliographic database-shaped razor.

The program pledges to provide a greater insight into research sources, collaboration and metrics. This will allow us to expand our training and query-answering knowledge.

If you want to know more about Scopus, why not have an explore?


And if you need any help or support, just get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian:


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