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LEAD 502 - Developing Scholars Seminar

Searching by Author in Scopus

To find materials written by a specific person, follow these steps:

1. Change the top-right drop-down menu to "author"

2. Enter the last name of the person and click search. 

Screenshot of Scopus showing a search for authors with the name branscombe

3. Find the person's name in the list of author's names on the left side of the screen. If your author is not listed, hover over the list and click the "view more" link.

screenshot of the author's name facet in Scopus 

5. Put a check mark next to the person's name and click the "limit to" button. 

screen shot showing the limit to button in scopus' refine panel.

Searching by Topic

To find articles, books, and other resources about a topic of interest, follow these steps:

1. Use one row for each main concept in your topic. 

a. In each row enter synonyms or words that are related to the concept.Link these with OR

b. Use a asterisk to stem a term so that you will find words with variant endings. For example, stereotyp* wil find any word beginning with the stereotyp. This includes stereotype, stereotypes, stereotypical, stereotyping.

For example, if your topic is cognitive influences on stereotyping of women, you would dedicate one row to the concept cognitive, one to the concept stereotyping, and one to the concept women. After thinking of closely related terms and adding asterisks, you might come up with:

Screenshot of Scopus' advanced search interface


2. Click search. Examine the first page or two of results and note any terms that are also related to any of the concepts.

3. Revise the search by adding the terms you have noted. Use OR to link these to the previous set of terms you used.

Get It

Get It links you to the full text of articles. 

If the database you are in does not have the full text of an article, click on the Get It link Get It button and follow the links to access the article.