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Science: ScienceDirect

Resources for general science topics.

What is ScienceDirect?

ScienceDirect is a database of high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific and social sciences journal articles. St. Louis Community College Libraries subscribe to one section of ScienceDirect, the Health and Life Sciences journal collection.  It includes the full text of articles from 1200+ journals such as The Lancet, Nursing Outlook, and Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Many open access journal articles are also included, along with citations and abstracts for thousands of other journals. 

Why Use ScienceDirect?

Use ScienceDirect to

  • search a large database of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • find original research. Original research articles are labeled.
  • find research articles in biology and related subjects (such as medicine, zoology, botany, microbiology, biomedicine, biophysics and agricultural sciences)
  • find research articles in other fields including psychology (especially animal behavior), chemistry, and physical sciences. A few social science journals are also included.  

Link to ScienceDirect


Since this is such a large database, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of articles returned by a search. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best results.

1) Be specific! Use scientific names and terminology. 

2) Limit your search to "Subscribed publications" and "Open Access articles" (under Refine your search)

3) You can also limit your search to a subset of journals that focus on a discipline or subject. Scroll through the list under "All Sciences" to see the choices.

4) Limit by publication date. 


St. Louis Community College Libraries

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3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
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Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000