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What is ScienceDirect?

ScienceDirect is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal article database covering research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities.

Let's start searching ScienceDirect!

1. At the ScienceDirect homepage, key in your search statement in the box, or click on Advanced Search. You need to use Boolean search techniques in order to get relevant search results in ScienceDirect. Unsure about how to use Boolean? Check out this interactive game.

2. If you've selected Advanced Search, key in your search statement as shown below. 

3. At the results page, use the filters on the left to refine your search results if necessary. For scientific research topics, currency is important so make use of the publication date filter! 

Click on the article title you wish to view.

4. At the article page, you can read the full text or click on the download button to save the article as a PDF.

Research vs Review articles

ScienceDirect has both Review as well as Research articles.

Original research articles are usually written by the people who conducted the research. 

Review articles are summaries of current research on a certain topic. Reading a review article is an excellent way to find out more about a topic.

Use the filters to narrow your results to choice of article type.

How to Use Science Direct

Document Delivery Service

Not all articles in ScienceDirect are available in full text. Sometimes, instead of Download PDF, you will see Get Access.

Don't worry! Submit a Document Delivery request for staff or student, and Library will get the article for you. Students will require their lecturer's support.