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DOH115 Research Skills Guide: ScienceDirect

Introduction to ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is a database of scientific content provided by Elsevier. The topic coverage in ScienceDirect includes health sciences, including coverage of the dentistry subject area. The Charles Sturt Library does not subscribe to all of the content in ScienceDirect, but the subscription does include the full-text of approximately 2,100 of the 2,500 journals. There is some full-text eBook content available as well. Search results are available in the form of journal articles and book chapters.


""For information on using ScienceDirect take a look at the ScienceDirect Training page




""In the ScienceDirect database, try searching for the keywords – "cleft lip" AND (feature OR develop), entered as in the example below (AND is a boolean operator and double quotations marks "" are used to search for phrases, see the Search Strategies page for more information).

  • Being a scientific database, you should find these results relevant to your topic.
  • Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.

ScienceDirect search example