Scopus is a very different resource to those you may have come across before. You can search it like the EBSCO Discovery Service or any other database, but using Scopus you can also find how many articles published by a particular author and how many published more recently have cited a particular article simply by clicking on the “times cited” link. This means that you can find everything published by the most important experts in a field or go from a famous seminal paper that unlocked a topic to see find everything published since. The only other resource to offer this is Web of Science Core Collection with its Author and Cited Reference searches.
Scopus’ basic search is one of the easiest to use, operating much like a Google search, while its “Advanced” search offers one of the most sophisticated search building toolsets around.
If you are a researcher publishing your own work, check out the SciVal service within Scopus to see how much impact you are having on your field and evaluate your research strategy. Chat to your Faculty Librarian for more details.