The Vivid, Versatile (and Slightly Vexing) Database Science Direct

Posted by: on December 3, 2014   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools

The database Science Direct  is staggeringly good. It’s a marvel. If you’re looking for the most current scientific research available, then look no further than this database. It never disappoints.

But one thing to be aware of when using Science Direct  is that it can be a little tricky to use the first time you access it. This is because on your initial visit to the database, you have to set up an account with a username and password.

To get started, First click on this link to register:, and you’ll get to a page that looks like this:Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.20.45 AM

After that, you’ll create a username and a password, which will then grant you access to the site.

The last thing you need to know about Science Direct  is that, before being able to read an article, sometimes you’ll be asked to provide a “Cost Code.” Don’t worry! You don’t have to pull out your credit card. These articles can be expensive! Instead, simply enter your library barcode, which is a number on your PC ID card that starts with 25125…. Here is an example of that “Cost Code” issue:

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And now you’re ready to enjoy Science Direct‘s bounty!

Here is a video to learn more about accessing Science Direct at PC:

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Posted by: on December 3, 2014   |Comments (0)|Tips and Tools