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ScienceDirect enhancements

Elsevier, the publisher of the multidisciplinary database ScienceDirect, has announced new features:

New to ScienceDirect are features that make the platform more user friendly and deliver better, clearer results in fewer clicks.

Researchers like to quickly evaluate articles before reading them

Researchers will find preview tabs that provide quick access to the important article assessment components: the abstract, figures/tables and references. These tabs are on the results page, the table of contents page and the article page.

Researchers have to scroll to the foot of articles to view reference information, which hinders reading

We have made it possible for researchers to view reference information within the body of a paper when their cursor moves over a reference marker.

Once a researcher has evaluated and read an article, they often want to email it to their peers

A new article toolbox brings together all of the article-related functionality including “Cited By”, “E-mail Article” and more, into one easy-to-find location. Researchers can now take further action quickly and easily with little extra effort.

Researchers are interested to know how other experts rate articles they read

Due to be launched in phases over the coming months, the integration of article comments and ratings from Elsevier’s social collaboration site, 2collab enables researchers to evaluate papers according to colleague-driven comments and ratings of articles right on the article page.

For this database and other library resources, visit http://www.lakeland.usf.edu/library/. Click on “Search the databases” to begin.

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