Science Direct tips

30 Sep

Since Science Direct is a new database for us this school year, there has been some confusion as to what articles you can access.  As emphasized in the Science Direct description on the Databases page, our Freedom Collection subscription focuses on current research, providing access to the full-text of most journals (over two thousand) in the database, but only for the current year and up to four years of back files.

If you try to access an older article that shows up in your search results, or one from a journal not included in the Freedom Collection journal list, you will be taken to a log in screen – a clear indication that the article is outside of our school subscription.

As you plan your research, reserve time to search Science Direct from school (our subscription does not include off-campus access).  Although Science Direct may be searched off-campus, the full-text can only be accessed on-campus, and searches completed off-campus will not color-code your results as shown below.

A few tips to make your searching less frustrating.

  • Use Journals Search or Advanced Search so you have the option of limiting by date range.
  • Limit SOURCE to subscribed journals/sources.
  • The default date range (for Advanced or Quick Search) is from 1999 to the present.  Change the date range to 2004 to present.
  • Notice the color coding of search results.  Articles with GREEN icons before the title are included in our subscription. Articles with WHITE icons are not.  See the sample below in which the first and third articles are included, but the second is not.  Color-coding only appears when you search Science Direct on campus.

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