There are two search modes for Scopus – Basic and Advanced
• The Basic Search uses fill-in and drop-down boxes to search various fields.
The search can be limited to date, document type, subject area or recent updates. Once the citations are retrieved, results can be excluded according to set criteria.
A particular author can be searched by name. After searching, the user will get a list of possible matches. One or more names can be selected from this list. The user can search for variants of a name and for parts of a name (i.e., a hyphenated name.)
• With the Advanced Search, the user can use Boolean operators and nesting using field labels.
Other features of Scopus include:
• The list of journals can be browsed by title or by subject area for journals published since 1996.
• Results from searches can be sorted by date, relevance, author(s), source, title and by "Cited By". The "Cited By" sort will list the documents according to the number of citations received. After applying limits or exclusions, the list can be re-sorted.
• Search can be conducted within results. The Search History allows the user to view searches that have been conducted, combine searches or save searches.
• All or a selection of the citations can be printed. They can also be exported into bibliographic management software or e-mailed.
• The user can add selected documents to a created list which can then be exported, printed, etc.
• Retrieval can be limited to Scopus citations only, web citations only, patent citations, or to Scopus and web combined. If limited to Scopus citations, the retrieval will include the abstract, full text (if available), references, and citations to article being examined. When limited to web citations, the database uses Scirus, a science-only Internet search engine for retrieval.
• Each article will include a link to library entitled full-text so it can be retrieved from the results list, the abstract or the references. An icon appears if the user as rights to the full-text.
• The "Cited By" lists articles that cite the article being examined.
• The "Related" journals offer a list of papers that share the same references with the paper being examined.
• In addition, the product offers an alert service, both for new articles being added on a particular subject and for new articles being added that cite a particular article
• "My Profile" allows the user to save searches to run on a future date.