Thursday, 13 August 2015

ScienceDirect search tips

ScienceDirect is a leading database of peer-reviewed science, technology and health information, trusted by researchers, teachers and students around the globe. JCU students and staff can access ScienceDirect through the Databases page of the Library's website.

The ScienceDirect search function has been improved recently to return results drawn directly from articles only, de-emphasizing search results drawn from references. You may see a slight decrease in the number of search results returned; but those you do get will come from primary sources, making your search results even more relevant to your queries.

Below are tried-and-true tips to keep in mind before entering your next ScienceDirect search query:
  • Search terms are not case-sensitive, so it does not matter if you use lower case or upper case letters.
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spellings.
  • Entering singular nouns will also search for plural nouns and possessives. For example: City finds city, cities, and city's ; Criterion finds criteria and criterion
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images with both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
  • Searches in quotation marks (such as “heart-attack”) will be fuzzy searches – the search engine will search for plural and singular nouns, US and UK spellings, ignore symbols and punctuation, and allow wildcards.
  • Searches in curly brackets, such as {heart-attack}, will be exact searches. The search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.

Try a new search today and discover how quickly and easily you can maximize results and search with greater confidence.

Go to the ScienceDirect Quick Reference Guide for more search tips

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