ScienceDirect is a website which provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research. It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books.[2][3] The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Article abstracts are freely available, but access to their full texts (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.

HistoryMarch 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)[1]
Record depthIndex, abstract & full-text
Format coverageBooks, Journals
Geospatial coverageWorldwide


ScienceDirect is operated by the Anglo-Dutch publisher Elsevier. It was launched in March 1997.[4]

See also


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  2. "ScienceDirect". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. Reller, Tom. "2014 RELX Annual Reports and Financial Statements" (PDF). RELX Group. RELX Group. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. Giussani, Bruno (4 March 1997). "Building the World's Largest Scientific Database". New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2014.

Further reading

  • Thomas G. De Petro (December 1, 2000). "ScienceDirect – Elsevier Science's MegaSource". EContent. 23 (6): 56–61. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  • Jason Bengtson (2011). "ScienceDirect Through SciVerse: A New Way To Approach Elsevier". Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 30 (1): 42–49. doi:10.1080/02763869.2011.541346. PMID 21271451.
  • Carol Tenopir; Peiling Wang; Yan Zhang; Beverly Simmons; Richard Pollard (2008). "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 (2002). "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 (2010). "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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