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ScienceDirect

Hi, all!

This entry brings you news about a hot new database: ScienceDirect, which comes from the company Elsevier.

ScienceDirect is a database that provides information (journal articles, books, etc.) on the sciences: chemistry, biology, physics, in addition to the social sciences and health sciences (e.g. nursing).

At this point two things are happening with ScienceDirect:

1) Right now we have a trial to the majority of the full text available through ScienceDirect. Since it is a trial, it is temporary. This still means you can use it to help people find the full text of articles they're looking for. If you execute a search in Google Scholar or Medline, for example, an link will appear beside the results. Clicking on this link will take you to the full text available through our trial. Please note: this method only works for people on campus. For off-campus access to the trial, use the link below.

The trial version gives access to tons of titles only from 1995 - present.

2) We are migrating some of our paper journal subscriptions to the electronic version via ScienceDirect. This is a permanent move, which is very different from the trial. In this case, you primarily use ScienceDirect when linked from Journal Finder.

For example:

Journal of Emergency Nursing



In this way ScienceDirect is used primarily as a collection of electronic journals (compared, for example, to the collection of paper journals on the second floor). It follows, then, that this should not be your first stop when beginning a search.

A Review:

Examples of Databases that act as a Full-Text Electronic Collection of Journals
(Not preferred for beginning searches; usually used when linked from Journal Finder)

ScienceDirect
ProjectMuse
JSTOR
Blackwell Synergy
Ovid

Examples of Citation Indexing Databases
(a good place to begin a search; usually no full text available)

Sociology Abstracts
ComAbstracts
PubMed (Medline)

Examples of Databases that do both
(a.k.a. your favorites!)

ProQuest
InfoTrac
Wilson OmniFile

Links:

On campus:

http://www.sciencedirect.com

Off campus:

http://0-www.sciencedirect.com.ignacio.usfca.edu/
(prompts for authentication)



This is the "home" page (i.e. the start page) for ScienceDirect:



This is the advanced search page:



And what a page of search results will look like:





Give it a try and see what you think. Thanks guys! Comment with your questions!

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Mar. 26th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Got it, thanks Kelci. -Ann
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Interesting..I have yet to try this baby out with a potential patron..someone ask me for a physics-related research question! =) I'm soooo ready..
- Linda
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
That makes sense to me, sweet visuals too Kelci. -Mike
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
got it thanks Kelci :)


Peng
(Anonymous)
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
Got it

TM
(Anonymous)
Mar. 29th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Science Direct

Got it.

-Eddie
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