Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Using ScienceDirect

Don't be mislead by ScienceDirect's name. While best known as "the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine...information," ScienceDirect also has strong holdings in the social sciences including psychology, human behavior, sociology, and instructional technology.

Thanks to the cooperative buying power of SUNYConnect library consortia, all of ScienceDirect's 1,800+ full-text journal titles are available for searching. Also consider using ScienceDirect if you need the very latest information on a topic. Many publishers post articles "in press" as corrected proofs.

ScienceDirect offers a "Quick Search" feature at the top of the page to search across the entire collection, or click on the green "Search" button in the horizontal navigation at the top to limit your search to a specific subject area. Click the "Journals" tab to display journals by subject discipline or to search by journal title. In the results, use the "Cited by" option to connect to the fulltext of other articles that are cited in the article's bibliography. This is a great way to explore related readings on your topic.

ScienceDirect home page and search options:

To access ScienceDirect go to the library's home page (http://www.esc.edu/library) and click on the "Resources by Subject (or by title)" links in the left column.

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