How do I search on ScienceDirect?


You can either use the Quick Search bar located on the top of every page with a navigation bar, or use the Advanced search button for a more enhanced search.

 Quick Search, is the simplest way to perform a basic search. Enter a few keywords within the simple search boxes located at the top your ScienceDirect screen (see figure 1). Quick Search effectively supports the most frequently performed tasks and allows you to search by:

  • Specific terms across all fields
  • Titles
  • Author names, and/or by
  • Publication volume, issue, and/or page

Notice, you can also choose to search for images, such as tables, figures, and videos, by selecting the ‘Images’ radio button on the left-hand side of the box.

Advanced Search(refer to Figure 2), allows you to narrow down your initial search in order to yield more relevant results. To do this, go to the ‘Search’ button on the main navigation bar. Notice that the first tab allows you to search across ‘all sources,’ (meaning across journals, books, and reference works), whereas the next four tabs provide options to search in journals, books, reference works, or Images exclusively. Under the ‘All Sources,’ ‘Journals,’ and ‘Books’ tabs you can further restrict your search to just subscribed sources, open access content, by date range, or by a particular subject area. To perform a search, enter your search terms in the boxes provided, and select which fields you want to search in. You can also further define your search by using the Boolean operators.

TIP: To help you build a search with proper search syntax, click on the ‘search tips link’ within the search box. This resource provides helpful information; such as how to use connectors, search using special characters, find word variations, and more.

Notice, if you prefer to build your own search, you can also use the ‘Expert’ search option from the link provided.