ScienceDirect: The Most Reliable Online Science Library

ScienceDirect is an online database of Scientific and Medical journals from Dutch publisher Elsevier. Simply put, it is an online Science and Engineering Library.

The contents of the website estimate about 18 million ebooks and journals. The websites have lots of ebooks dating as far back as 1997.

All the contents are in four categories which are;

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

While some metadata of the contents are freely accessible by anyone anywhere, the rest are strictly subscription base.

How To Access ScienceDirect

The contents are accessible through the website address

Anybody can get to the website, register, and subscribe to the content. But institutions including Universities subscribe to the entire database and incorporate it into their online library portals. This allows students to access the contents without a subscription.

It will be a very good idea to contact your institution to find out if it is accessible before you subscribe by yourself.

How To Register

To register, you have to go to the website address and click on the “Register” button.

sciencedirect register button

After clicking the “Register” button, you will get to a page where you must enter your email address. If you verify from your institution and there is access, you can simply click on “Sign in via institution“. If not, enter the email and click “Continue“.

enter email address

From here, you will have to fill in your First Name, Last Name, and Password Combination. Click on the “Register” button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.

sciencedirect form

On the next page, click on “Continue to ScienceDirect

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After registering, you will have access to browse and search through the contents of the website.

Since all of the contents are subscription only, you can not download or view them unless you make a purchase.

Is ScienceDirect Reliable?

The publisher has built a reputation over the years for providing very good publications. The publications are peer-reviewed so everything that is on the website is reliable.

Basically, it is very reliable since it has been in business from 1997 till now with nobody actually complaining. Competitors always cook things up but trust me, it is very reliable.

Is Elsevier The Same As ScienceDirect?

The ScienceDirect platform is managed and operated by the Dutch Publisher Elsevier. That doesn’t make them the same thing.

But if you want to access the contents, then you can access them directly from or through

Basically, ScienceDirect accounts can access files on Elsevier. You don’t have to create different accounts at all. All you will have to do is to use your email and password to log in.

There are other sources you can get Science Journals Including Z Library and JSTOR.


In short, getting your science journals for your project works and other things should be easy. But remember it is not always free.

You must also remember that if your School or institution has access, then there is no need to pay anything.

If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment below.

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