Science Direct – How to Search


This video explains how to search in the ScienceDirect database. ScienceDirect is a leading full-text
scientific database which provides content in physical
sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social
sciences and humanities. We will be searching ScienceDirect to find journal articles that answer the biology reference question: how does cortisol affect depression? As well, we will explore an exciting feature that makes citing articles quick and
easy. We have accessed the ScienceDirect database through the Durham College library website. Using “Advanced Search” will allow you to
explore a more in-depth search. Click on “Advanced Search”. Make sure the “Journals” tab is selected as we are searching for articles in journals. “Search Tips” is a tool that explains how to perform a
variety of search functions. You can click on “Search Tips” at any
time for additional help. In the search box, enter the search term
“depression”. Then select the “Keywords” field from the
drop down menu. By selecting the “Keywords” field, ScienceDirect allows you to search for articles that include related search terms. Click on “Search” to continue. Here are the results. Choose an article and
click on the title. Scroll through the article, until you find
“Keywords”. Under “Keywords”, is a list of words that
relate to the original search term that you entered. The phrase “depressive disorders” is
related to “depression”. It looks like a good term to use. Go back
to the search screen. Beside “depression” add OR and the phrase “depressive disorder” in
quotation marks. Using quotation marks ensures that the words are searched
together and ensures that ScienceDirect will search
for both the singular and plural forms of the phrase. Adding the connector OR will broaden your
search and return articles that show either search
term. In the other search box, add “cortisol”. Use the connector AND
between the search boxes. Using the connector AND will narrow your
search by joining the different concepts in your question. If you need more clarification, click on
“Search Tips”. Limiters will help filter your search and further narrow down your results. We are going to limit our search by selecting “Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular
Biology” because this is the field of study that
the reference question relates to; select “article”
because we only want to see journal articles; and select the date “2012 to present”. We only want recent articles to appear
in our results. “Articles in Press” means that these articles have recently
been written and are waiting to be placed in a journal. Click on “Search” to continue. We have too many results.Let’s limit the search even further. Go
back to the previous search screen. Now we are going to change the “fields” we will search in. From the drop-down menu, select the
“Abstract, Title, Keywords” field which will produce results that show the
search terms in the article title, the abstract and in the keyword list of an article. More information about field limiting can be found in “Search Tips”. Here is the final search screen showing our search terms and all limiters. Click on “Search” to get the results. We have retrieved 92 articles.To get the full text of an article, click on the title or you can download a full text PDF version. Or you can choose abstract (which is a
brief summary of the article) or in some articles you can select
research highlights. Select the option that you want. A useful feature of ScienceDirect is the Citation Maker. Check the box beside the article that you want to cite or you can select multiple articles at one time. Click on the “Export” tab and a drop down menu appears giving you a number of options and tells you how many articles you are citing. You can export the citations to numerous citation management programs. For further instructions, click on “Help”. Follow the steps listed for your preferred citation management program and you will have accurate citations for
your documents. It is quick and easy to use. If you require any further assistance
performing searches in ScienceDirect, then please do not hesitate to contact the
Durham College Library and ask for Katie Harding, the science librarian, who will be able to help you with your scientific research needs.

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