The two key types of content in ScienceDirect are Journals and eBooks, both of which can be "browsed." Journals fall into two categories: Regular Journals and Open Access Journals. There are multiple types of eBooks, and you can focus in on a category of eBook by using filters. Categories include: Books, Handbooks, Reference Works, and Book Series. For more details watch this brief Browsing Journals Tutorial (2:53) or visit the ScienceDirect Support Center
A simple way to browse all journals is to click on the words Journals & Books at the top of the main search screen. This brings up an alphabetical list showing all journals and eBooks available at the time (note this is a dynamic list that is always growing), shown below:
1. Refine by Domain/Subdomain: Select a subject area from the Domain dropdown list.
Domain Example: Engineering
Sub-Domain Example: Civil & Structural Engineering
2. Publication Types: Select a publication type using the check boxes.
Examples: Journals, Books, Handbooks, Reference works, Book series.
3. Alphabetical Listing: Browse items alphabetically by title.
Clicking on a journal title takes you to the "Home Page" which provides extensive information about the journal:
The journal home page provides a wealth of information about each journal:
1. Journal Details
2. Explore Journal Content
3. Latest Issues
4. Find Out More
5. TIP: At the bottom of the page the "Search in this journal" helps you quickly find articles in this journal which contain your search terms
Clicking on a book title takes you to the "Home Page" for that book, which provides extensive information about the book:
1. About the book
2. Browse this book
3. TIP: In the middle of the page the "Search in this book" option helps you quickly find chapters (within a specific book) that might be most relevant to your topic.
Elsevier uses 4 high-level subject categories as broad subject areas: Physical Sciences & Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Each contains "domains" as well as "sub-domains" which can be used to narrow a subject search.
Example: The example above shows how to quickly find a journal on a specicfic subject. In this case we're looking for journals related to metals.
1. Domain: We selected "Materials Science"
2. Sub-Domain: We selected "Metals and Alloys"
3. Publication Type: We selected "Journal"
By selecting the 3 options above we can quickly narrow a list of 4,149 journals down to a list of 35 journals on our domain/sub-domain. In this case the title Corrosion Science looks promising.