Thursday, July 2, 2009

ScienceDirect expanded with new content

Walker Library recently upgraded its subscription to ScienceDirect to obtain online access to additional titles. Our e-journal "Freedom Collection" now includes well over 2000 journal titles from Elsevier, Academic Press, Cell Press, American Psychological Association, Pergamon and others.

Don't let the title of this database fool you. The journals are relevant to the sciences, medicine, social sciences and humanities. To find titles that may be of interest to you, go to our ScienceDirect home and browse journals in your discipline from the left hand panel. To determine if we have online access to the complete articles for titles of interest, either check the "Full text available" box or watch for the little green key that indicates online content.

While ScienceDirect has a functional interface for searching you don't have to go there to find articles of interest. The high quality journals in ScienceDirect are indexed and abstracted in most general and discipline-specific databases, such as Academic Search Premier, Biosis Previews or Social Services Abstracts. When working in other databases the button will usually send you directly to the relevant article in ScienceDirect. ScienceDirect articles are downloadable as pdf files, with complete content provided.
If all this sounds good but you need a little help getting started you may want to view a short presentation on the basics. Of course you're always welcome to come by the Reference desk to get some pointers as well. Note to instructors: our librarians will be glad to conduct training classes for your students.

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