ScienceDirect Search Tips

Courtesy of the ScienceDirect blog, here are some tried-and-true tips to keep in mind before entering your next ScienceDirect search query:

  • Search terms are not case-sensitive, so it does not matter if you use lowercase or uppercase letters.
  • Entering singular nouns will also search for plural nouns and possessives. For example:
    • City finds city, cities, and city’s
    • Criterion finds criteria and criterion
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spellings.
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images with both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
    • Searches in quotation marks (such as “heart-attack”) will be fuzzy searches – the search engine will search for plural and singular nouns, US and UK spellings, ignore symbols and punctuation, and allow wildcards.
    • Searches in curly brackets, such as {heart-attack}, will be exact searches. The search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.

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