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Scirus was a comprehensive science-specific search engine, first launched in 2001[1]. Like CiteSeerX and Google Scholar, it was focused on scientific information. Unlike CiteSeerX, Scirus was not only for computer sciences and IT and not all of the results included full text. It also sent its scientific search results to Scopus, an abstract and citation database covering scientific research output globally. Scirus was owned and operated by Elsevier. In 2013 an announcement appeared, on the Scirus homepage, announcing the site's retirement in 2014:

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DisciplinesLife Sciences; Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; Health Sciences
Temporal coverage2001-2014
Geospatial coverageWorldwide
No. of records167 million pages
"We are sad to say goodbye. Scirus is set to retire in early 2014. An official retirement date will be posted here as soon as it is determined. To ensure a smooth transition, we are informing you now so that you have sufficient time to find an alternative search solution for science-specific content. Thank you for being a devoted user of Scirus. We have enjoyed serving you."

By February 2014, the Scirus homepage indicated that the service was no longer running.

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  1. ^ McKiernan, Gerry (2005). "E-profile: Scirus: For Scientific Information Only". Library Hi Tech News. 22 (3): 18–25. doi:10.1108/07419050510601579.
  • Boswell, Wendy. "Scirus". Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  • Ford, Lyle; O'Hara, Lisa Hanson (2008). "It's All Academic: Google Scholar, Scirus, and Windows Live Academic Search". Journal of Library Administration. 46 (3–4): 43–52. doi:10.1300/J111v46n03_04.
  • Giustini, Dean; Eugene Barsky (2005). "A look at Google Scholar, PubMed, and Scirus: comparisons and recommendations". Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries. 26: 85–89.
  • Mayr, Philipp; Walter, Anne-Kathrin (2007). "An exploratory study of Google Scholar". Online Information Review. 31 (6): 814–830. arXiv:0707.3575. doi:10.1108/14684520710841784.
  • Notess, Greg R (July–August 2005). "Scholarly Web Searching: Google Scholar and Scirus". Online. 29 (4). Information Today, Inc.

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