University Of Aberdeen Makes Scopus Key Part Of Its Library Of The Future

Scopus Supports University’s Mission to Create a Library that is a Landmark of Learning

Amsterdam- October 03, 2006 - Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research information and quality Web sources, and the University of Aberdeen, the third-oldest university in Scotland, today announce that they have they have reached an agreement to provide Scopus to the University’s student and faculty researchers.

The University of Aberdeen is a prestigious institute that has produced four Nobel Prize winners and is rated as internationally distinguished by the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise. The creation of a magnificent new library spearheads the next phase of the University’s ten-year investment program to develop the infrastructure to match their academic standing and ambitions. The new library will be a landmark of learning and an exciting embodiment of the library of the future, in which new media and technology enhance the existing collection.

The University has provided Scopus to its researchers for the past two years, during which time the database has enjoyed unprecedented usage rates. When asked why one of the United Kingdom’s oldest learning institutions chose to support the product within their University, Miss Susan McCourt, Principal Information Consultant, explained that “it fits well into our ambitions to provide our community with the best possible resources available. In today’s environment it is critical to train and educate students as early as possible in their career on the merits of accurate and positive searching. If you don’t, you may lose them to mainstream web searching forever.” She continued to explain that “students seem to use Scopus intuitively and find it so easy to get to the full-text articles, rank and refine results and keep themselves up to date on what research is being performed around the world. They just seem to love it once they know it is there. It is just a matter of pointing them in the right direction.”

Scopus provides researchers at the University easy searching across a comprehensive mix of local and international scientific research literature, books, selected Web sources and patents and more. Scopus is a natural choice for institutes committed to building research information centers of excellence. The product seamlessly integrates into electronic library environments with customizable full text linking options, web based library administration support and its compatibility with leading federated search solutions.

In addition, researchers will benefit from an award-winning interface that is intuitive, easy to use and provides tools that make it easy to sort and rank search results. Scopus’ continued commitment to develop innovative features and functionalities such as the Scopus Citation Tracker and Author Identifier will keep enhancing the users’ experience.

“The University of Aberdeen is focused on building a library of the future where the best technologies and solutions enhance the library collection and further support the institute’s position as a world-class center of learning,” said Scopus Director Jaco Zijlstra. “The University’s decision to extend our relationship is validation of the contribution Scopus can make to help support and grow the universities internationally recognized academic reputation in the digital age.”


About the University of Aberdeen
Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third and the United Kingdom’s fifth oldest University. The university has over 13,500 students from more than 120 nationalities. The university is internationally recognized for its high quality teaching with over 89% of its subjects rated excellent/highly satisfactory and 85% of the academic staff rated as research active by the Research Assessment Exercises.

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest to use navigation tool ever built. Scopus is designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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