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ScienceDirect logo
Producer Elsevier
History 1997 to present
Cost Subscription
Disciplines Science
Record depth Index, abstract & full-text
Format coverage Books, Journals
Geospatial coverage Worldwide

ScienceDirect is a website operated by the Anglo-Dutch publisher Elsevier. It was launched in March 1997.[1] It is a platform for access to nearly 2,500 academic journals and over 26,000 e-books.[2] The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. For most articles abstracts are freely available; access to the full text (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.

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  1. ^ Giussani, Bruno (4 March 1997). "Building the World's Largest Scientific Database". New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "ScienceDirect". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas G. De Petro. "ScienceDirect – Elsevier Science’s MegaSource". Econtent 23 (6): 56–61. 
  • Jason Bengtson. "ScienceDirect Through SciVerse: A New Way To Approach Elsevier". Medical Reference Services Quarterly 30 (1): 42–49. doi:10.1080/02763869.2011.541346. 
  • Carol Tenopir, Peiling Wang, Yan Zhang, Beverly Simmons, Richard Pollard. "Academic users’ interactions with ScienceDirect in search tasks: Affective and cognitive behaviors". Information Processing & Management 44 (1): 105–121. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2006.10.007. 
  • Hao-Ren Ke, Rolf Kwakkelaar, Yu-Min Tai, Li-Chun Chen. "Exploring behavior of E-journal users in science and technology: Transaction log analysis of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect OnSite in Taiwan". Library & Information Science Research 24 (3): 265–291. doi:10.1016/S0740-8188(02)00126-3. 
  • David Nicholas, Ian Rowlands, Paul Huntington, Hamid R. Jamali, Patricia Hernández Salazar. "Diversity in the e-journal use and information-seeking behaviour of UK researchers". Journal of Documentation 66 (3): 409–433. doi:10.1108/00220411011038476. 

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