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ScienceDirect is a web accessible database for scientific research that contains the full text of more than a thousand Elsevier Science and Academic Press (IDEAL) journals in the life, physical, medical, technical, psychological, and social sciences available through the Internet. To provide a starting point for the research process, and to expand the literature coverage beyond Elsevier Science journals, ScienceDirect also contains abstracts from many other key journals.
Access to ScienceDirect is available to current UT Arlington faculty & students via this web addresses:


The truncation symbol in ScienceDirect is the exclamation point (!), and can be used to find variant spellings. For example, the command behav! will search for and find behave, behaving, behavior, behaviour, behavioural, and behavioral. In ScienceDirect use the asterisk to hold a space for variations in spelling at any point in a word. So, for example, bernst**n would find both the "ei" and the "ie" spelling of the name, and wom*n! will find woman, womans, woman's, women, women's, and womanish. Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is best used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR.

Here is an example to illustrate some of these points:

(food! OR eat!) AND (wom! or girl!)

This should find the terms "food," "foods," or "eating" with terms "woman," "womans," "women," "womens," "girl," or "girls." This might be a useful search for someone researching females and eating disorders.

John Dillard, MA, MS, Social Sciences Librarian


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