Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017     Views: 102

When accessing subscription database articles (such as Science Direct), it is important that you enter via the library database portal (  From there, you will have access at no cost to the full-text (HTML) and PDF content to which SHU subscribes.  In the case of Science Direct, we subscribe to 148 of the 478 journals available; the others are abstracted in Science Direct.  If you're interested in an article that is abstracted, check our journal holdings in the catalog or in the e-Journal Finder (  It may be available in another database to which we subscribe or in paper or microfilm formats.

If you are off-campus, you will need to authenticate with your individual Blackboard sign-on (usually the beginning of your SHU e-mail + your current password).  Depending on how your identity is stored in the computer systems, you may need to complete this information twice.

When you have located the specific article you need, you can view it in HTML full-text format (one very long web page, with hot links) by clicking on the title or in Adobe PDF format by clicking on the red Adobe icon and PDF label.  In the results list, it is below the article information.  On the page with the HTML full-text, it is at the very top of the article.  Some databases/articles offer only one of these formats.  If you send the article via e-mail, what is sent is a link to the HTML listing, from which you can access the PDF file.  Authentication will be required.  The PDF can be downloaded and saved to your computer or flash drive. 

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