Answered By: Rachel Lerner
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017     Views: 4

In the libraries, we look at usage data for the resources we provide. These databases can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year to access, we want to make sure that we are providing the most needed resources.

One database with low usage and high cost is Web of Science. We notified the vendor that we are canceling our access. We have been in negotiations with a goal to reverse our decision, but the lack of a state budget in CT is creating potential access issues with other databases we purchase through package deals underwritten by the CT State Library. We will revisit this Web of Science decision when the state budget is settled and we know better how much it will affect QU Libraries.

In the meantime, Scopus is an excellent alternative. It is one of the largest abstract and citation databases in the world, with excellent coverage of the sciences, medicine, social science, and humanities. Access is available here:

If you would like more information about Scopus or other resources, please stop into one of the libraries, or email

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