Answered By: Linda Beninghove
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015     Views: 1531

Scopus is a database of citations, not full-text.

Unfortunately, the "Download PDF" button in Scopus is a bit misleading because it doesn't actually download the full text. 

Instead, in Scopus, the best way to find out whether or not the full text of the article is available is to click on the "Search for Article" button.

This will bring you through the Article Linker tool, which will tell you if the full text is available.  As there is no full text in the Scopus database itself, the article linker tool will either bring you to the full text if another database contains it, or, it will inform you that the full text is unavailable, and you will have to request the document through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services (ILL/DDS).

If the Article Linker tool informs you that the full text is unavailable ("Sorry, there are no holdings for this journal" you should place a document request for the article, and we will obtain it for you from another library or document delivery service.  You can use the Online Document Request Form located on this page of the library website:

Also, a helpful tool called the Full Text Journal Finder tool allows you to type in the title of a journal to find out definitively whether or not our library provides full text online access to a particular journal.