Science Direct is a large database for the physical, life, and social sciences. It indexes the publications of Elsevier, one of the largest scientific publishers in the world. We have full-text access to about 1000 of the journals in the database (but to none of the books). Use the ScienceDirect search engine if 1) you find it produces better results for your topic, or 2) you like it better than Academic Search Complete.
We recommend that you use Science Direct's Advanced Search function (which is not the default search screen). Here's how you find it:
When you get to the Advanced Search screen, here are some limiting features that we recommend:
Below is a portion of a search results list. Pay particular attention to the wording next to the PDF symbol . If it just says "PDF" and gives a file size, that means that you have access to the full text of the article. Click on "PDF" to display the article. If you didn't limit to "Subscribed publications," some citations will say "Purchase PDF," which means that our Library does not have full-text access to that journal or book. Don't feel that you have to purchase a copy through ScienceDirect! Use our Interlibrary Loan service to get copies (or borrow books) for a much, much lower price.
To the left of the results list you'll find some nice features for further limiting your search results. You can check one of their topic boxes to narrow the results. Limitation by journal title or year of publication is also available.
Here's some more information about limiting, refining, and expanding your searches.
If you click on the title of an article in your results list, you'll be shown an abstract screen, which has some useful features (but is missing others!). On the left there is an outline, with thumbnails of images from the article. This feature, as well as the highlights and abstract in the middle of the page, can help you decide if the article is one that will be useful for your research. Click on "Download PDF" and you will see the entire article. NOTE on the right you will see "Citing and recommended articles." This is not a citation-generating feature, but refers to articles which have cited the main article. ScienceDirect does not have a citation generator.