The library’s database ScienceDirect contains over 3,800 journals and more than 35,000 book titles relating to technical and health fields.

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The library’s database ScienceDirect contains over 3,800 journals and more than 35,000 book titles relating to technical and health fields. You can search for information about a particular topic using the database’s advanced search features.

For example, let’s say that we are interested in finding information about the Fragile X Syndrome. We can type the phrase “fragile X syndrome” in the search box using quotation marks to keep the words of the phrase together.

Next, we can select how we would like to search for this phrase using the drop down menu. Let’s select the option to search for the phrase in the ‘abstract, title, keywords’ of the database records. Under ‘refine your search,’ select ‘subscribed publications.’ You can also specify to search within specific disciplines. For this example, let’s select psychology and social sciences from the drop down menu. (Notice that if you wish to select multiple subjects, you can hold down the ctrl key if you’re using a PC or the apple key if you’re using a Mac as you select the subjects.)

To refine our search, we can change the date range. In this example, let’s set it to search for information published from 2010 to present so we can find more current literature.

After clicking on the search button, you can look toward the top of the results list to see the number of results found from this particular search. You can look through this list to find articles that are relevant to your needs. You can also use the filtering options on the left side of the screen to help refine your search further. To view the full text of an article, click on the link to the PDF.

Remember, if you have questions on how to use this database, please ask a librarian.