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Post Date: November 26, 2004 at 5:00 PM CST; 2300 GMT

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This is from their marketing homepage for Scopus: Easily find relevant results from over 13,600 peer-reviewed titles. The world’s largest abstract database of scientific literature is now available. Librarians helped develop it and researchers who’ve tested it say it’s great.Scopus is about making searching easier and research more efficient. Built over two years together with more than 300 researchers and librarians from 21 research institutions worldwide, Scopus allows researchers to focus on the outcomes of their research, rather than on operating the database to find the literature they need.

Scopus Information Web site http://www.info.scopus.com/

The Scopus search engine is also owned by Elsevier: it's called Scirus (go here for more info on Scirus http://www.larryblakeley.com/academic_research_search/academic_and_research_search.htm)dd


This paper describes how the User-Centered Design (UCD) method has been applied to the development of a large bibliographic search and navigation system called Scopus, which is due to be launched in the final quarter of 2004.

In cooperation with 21 research institutions, more than 300 researchers and librarians have participated in numerous rounds of onsite and remote testing of various concepts, using mock-ups and functional prototypes of the product. The verbal and behavioral feedback from these user test sessions was employed to acquire a detailed understanding of the scientists' information needs, tasks and workflow. This understanding is fundamental to content, functionality and design decisions.

The University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh was one of these partners, and in this paper the UCD process is discussed in general and with specifics from both the developer standpoint and the librarian experience.

- "Scopus White Paper Series, Number One: Applying the User-Centered Design (UCD) process to the development of a large bibliographic navigation tool: a partnership between librarian, researcher and developer," S. P de Groot MSc., User Interface Architect, Scopus. Amsterdam, The Netherlands and A. E Knapp PhD., Assistant University Librarian, University of Pittsburgh. PA, USA, Elsevier, June 16, 2004

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The trajectory through the peer-review, publishing and library selection procedures gives "library" information a dimension of validity that is often too easily taken for granted. Information found in an academic library is there for a reason, and can be considered reliable, although at times it might be difficult to find. Traditionally, it has been the job of experts such as research librarians to find, evaluate and select the most reliable and relevant material for scientists.

This paper discusses some ways in which highly structured data can support searching and other tasks involved in finding relevant scientific literature.

- "Scopus White Paper Series, Number Two: The value of structure in searching scientific literature," G. Griffiths, Publishing Technology Manager, Scopus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, July 30, 2004

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The aim of this study was to itemize the full range of functionality aspects possibly available on A&I database platforms in order for librarians to facilitate exact evaluation of A&I database platforms in terms of the functionality they offer.

In general, libraries select Abstract & Indexing databases by assessing the fullness of content coverage and its relevancy to their user communities. In the database selection process the two major decision-making factors are content and price; the functionality of the platform is often considered at a later phase.

This study provides librarians with the following tools to support the database decision-making process in the functionality evaluation phase:

- A description of various policy options

- An overview of the trends

- A checklist of functionality with an industry



ance indicator

- "Scopus White Paper Series, Number Three: A report on the functionality of abstract & indexing (A&I) database platforms: recent developments, library policies and a new evaluation technique," M. van der Graaf, Pleiade Management and Consultancy BV, August 20, 2004

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