Databases \ ScienceDirect


Journals and e-books from Elsevier and affiliated publishers, mostly in the sciences. Elsevier is the leading STEM publisher. For broader coverage of your research topic, use a subject-specific database or suitable multidisciplinary database. From ScienceDirect you may also access Scopus.

The 'All Sources' search option is usually best, but to specifically search for Review Articles, choose the 'Journals' option instead.


Varies from journal to journal: usually at least 1994 onwards, although most journals are covered from the first issue published.


You can create an Elsevier personal login to save searches, create alerts, access the results of alerts, and use your recent search history. Click Register at the top of the ScienceDirect webpage. Please register ONCE only. To use your login, you must type your username exactly as you registered it. You can also use your personal login in other Elsevier products, such as Scopus and ClinicalKey.

2018 update: Please note that at present you cannot save search alerts in ScienceDirect, but this functionality should be operating again in July 2018.

If you open a ScienceDirect PDF in your browser but cannot save it, go back and put your mouse pointer over the link to the PDF, then click the right mouse button and save it from the menu that pops up.

If you have trouble opening ScienceDirect PDFs in your browser with an Adobe add-on, then:
* Open Adobe Reader.
* Select Edit, then Preferences.
* Select Internet in the Categories column.
* Untick the box beside Display PDF in browser.
* Click OK.
* Close Adobe Reader and reopen your browser.


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