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Offering award-winning content and comprehensive coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines, including those published under the renowned Woodhead Publishing and Gulf Professional Publishing imprints, over 17,000 eBooks, 59,000 Major Reference Works chapters, 8,100 time-stamped Reference Modules articles and 200,500 Book & Handbook Series chapters are available on ScienceDirect.

 

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For a broad and diverse range of scientific disciplines, eBooks on ScienceDirect offer full-text book content, including titles published under the renowned Academic Press and Pergamon imprints. In one convenient platform, thousands of monographs and series books are fully integrated with journals, handbooks, major reference works and more.

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Major Reference Works

Major Reference Works

Elsevier's reference titles on ScienceDirect are an authoritative source for building foundational knowledge in one's area of expertise and gaining interdisciplinary, comparative perspective in related or new areas. Content delivery via ScienceDirect provides contextual links to related books, journals and citation tools designed to facilitate the research process. Over 130 Major Reference Works are available.

Elsevier's Major Reference Works feature individual reference works on key scientific subject areas.
New titles for 2014:

Encyclopedia of Food Safety
Editor-in-Chief Yasmine Motarjemi
​ With some 280 chapters, this encyclopedia provides unbiased and concise overviews of a broad range of food safety topics, including: history and basic sciences;foodborne diseases, including surveillance and investigation;food additives; food management systems;and many more.

Comprehensive Hard Materials
Editor-in-Chief Vinod Sarin
This work provides meaningful insights on materials at the leading edge of technology. It aids continued research and development of these materials and as such it is a critical information resource to academics and industry professionals facing the technological challenges of the future. Articles include the technologies of powder production, milling, granulation, cold and hot compaction, sintering, hot isostatic pressing, and much more. | March 2014

Encyclopedia of Health Economics
Editor-in-Chief Anthony J. Culyer
This work is a valuable resource for practitioners such as health care managers and planners, providing accessible overviews into the broad field of health economics, including the economics of designing health service finance and delivery and the economics of public and population health. | March 2014

Encyclopedia of Toxicology, 3rd Edition
Editor-in-Chief Philip Wexler
​ The third edition of this encyclopedia continues its comprehensive survey of toxicology. With entries devoted to key concepts and specific chemicals, and updated to reflect current advances in the field, this edition contains new and revised entries covering nanotoxicology, epigenetics, persistent organic pollutants, computational toxicology and bioinformatics, controversial chemicals and much more. | April 2014

Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology, 2nd Edition
Editors-in-Chief Carl Batt and Mary-Lou Tortorello
​ This encyclopedia presents a highly structured distillation of the whole field—from acetobacter to zymomonas. It benefits both academic and industrial scientists, providing information on background and state-of-the-art scientific discoveries. | ​May 2014

Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, 2nd Edition
Editors-in-Chief Paul Knochel and Gary A. Molander
Fully revised and updated, this new set forms an essential reference for all those seeking information on the solution of synthetic problems, whether they are experienced practitioners or chemists whose major interests lie outside organic synthesis. | May 2014

Comprehensive Materials Processing
Editor-in-Chief Saleem Hashmi
This encyclopedia provides students and professionals with a one-stop resource, consolidating and enhancing the literature of the materials processing and manufacturing universe. It provides authoritative analysis of all processes, technologies and techniques that convert raw industrial materials into finished parts or products. | June 2014

Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd Edition
Editors-in-Chief Michael Aminoff and Robert Daroff
​ The second edition of this comprehensive work explores all areas of the discipline in its 1,000+ focused entries on many topics in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and other related areas of neuroscience. The concise entries are written to be clear and thorough for the non-expert reader, and the contributing authors represent all aspects of neurology from many viewpoints and disciplines to provide a complete overview of the field. | June 2014

Pathobiology of Human Disease
Editors-in-Chief Linda McManus and Richard Mitchell
Offers a complete source of information on morphologic, clinical/diagnostic, experimental, and molecular pathology, contained within a single unified work. This work bridges traditional morphologic and clinical pathology, molecular pathology, and the underlying basic science fields of cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology, which have opened up a new era of research in pathology and underlie the molecular basis of human disease. | August 2014

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, 2nd Edition
Editor-in-Chief Neal K. Van Alfen
​ This work examines topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding issues including: meeting the dietary needs of an exploding world population, reducing adverse environmental impacts of food production, and using less land and water in that production. Contains more than 200 separate chapters on the science of agriculture, agricultural products, agricultural production systems, and much more. | August 2014

Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences, 2nd Edition
Editors-in-Chief Michael Dikeman and Carrick Devine
Prepared by an international team of experts, this reference work covers all important aspects of meat science from stable to table, including animal breeding, physiology and slaughter, meat preparation, packaging, welfare, and food safety, to name a few. | September 2014

Comprehensive Biomedical Physics
Editor-in-Chief Anders Brahme
​ Biomedical physics is a dynamic, swiftly growing, multidisciplinary field that concerns the application of physics to medicine. This work covers each area of this field in depth, providing an important scholarly resource of great use to medical students, scientists, and medical professionals alike. Its main themes include imaging, ultrasound and x-rays, radiation and bioinformatics. | October 2014

Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd Edition
Editor-in-Chief Gerald R. North
This authoritative resource covers all aspects of atmospheric sciences—including both theory
and applications. Nearly 350 articles and over 1,900 figures and photographs are presented, many in full-color. This work is an ideal resource for academia, government, and industry in the fields of atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences. | November 2014

Reference Modules

Reference Modules

Reference Modules (RefMods) on ScienceDirect combine thousands of related Elsevier reference work articles into one evolutionary source of information. Articles in each RefMod title are continuously reviewed by a renowned Editorial Board, and changes are time-stamped as of the last review or update.

 

Reference Modules are

  • Authoritative – Find author names and a list of underlying reference works where applicable
  • Current – A time stamp shows the date of last review or update made by dedicated subject experts
  • Discoverable – an intuitive subject hierarchy provides the context needed to find essential information on searched topics

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Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

Editor-in-Chief:Scott A. Elias, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Contains over 3,800 articles including articles from 17 Elsevier major reference works and new and updated articles specially written for the module:

  • 900 new articles from four 2013 Elsevier Major Reference Works
  • 9,000 images
  • 4,000 contributors

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Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering

Editor-in-Chief:Jan Reedijk, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Contains over 4,300 articles including articles from 22 Elsevier Major Reference Works and new and updated articles specially written for the module:

  • 250 new articles from one 2013 Elsevier reference work
  • 50,000 images
  • 4,100 contributors

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Reference Modules are frequently updated with new and amended articles to ensure the remain both comprehensive and up-to-date.  Please download our proof of promise report to see what has changed this month.

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Books Series and Handbooks

Online access to Book Series helps make finding vital research possible. Conduct integrated searches and link quickly and easily to full-text articles, Major Reference Works, and other publishers' content (via CrossRef). Over 5,000 volumes are accessible from  ScienceDirect's easy-to-use interface.

Fun Facts about Elsevier Book Series:

  • Since 1955, Methods in Enzymology has produced 526 volumes with more than 40,000 chapters.
  • The first volume of Advances in Cancer Research was published the year that Watson and Crick reported on the DNA double helix.
  • The Enzymes series was started in 1970 by Nobel Prize winner Paul D. Boyer.
  • First published in 1943, Vitamins and Hormones is the longest-running serial published by Academic Press.
  • Advances in Marine Biology was founded by famed marine biologist Sir Frederick S. Russell.
  • First published in 1943, Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry &Biochemistry is the longest running chemistry series.

Available Book Series packages:

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Life Sciences - New (2009 to current year)
  • Life Sciences - Legacy (2000–2008 subscribers)
  • Methods in Enzymology Backfiles (from 1955)
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • All Subjects

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Handbooks

Elsevier's Handbooks are available in various subject collections. With content solicited from the world's leading authorities, these highly-cited volumes offer an invaluable resource for researchers. Handbook titles are available from volume one up to the most current volume, spanning many years and many important developments in scholarly research.

Handbooks in summary:

  • Include chapters that serve as self-contained surveys, often defining a field
  • Authored by the most highly regarded experts in their fields
  • Provide important entry points to the key literature
  • Are updated regularly with new volumes
  • Are fully searchable and linkable

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Textbooks

Textbooks on ScienceDirect offer an opportunity to provide access to required reading materials without the need for every faculty member and student to purchase a physical copy. Textbooks are seamlessly integrated within the platform, making it easy to also find and read related materials such as journal articles, major reference works, eBooks and more.

"Makes it easier for the students to find the bibliographic sources I recommend."
Maribel Castilla, Lecturer, Universidad San Pablo CEU

"Improves the quality of information for literature review; provides credible basis on which to build research." — Dale Rankine, graduate student, University of the West Indies

"Provides further information on other sources of research materials, providing me a broad overview."Graduate student, University of Ibadan

"Detailed information that I can use to prepare my lecture notes with more reliable data."
Dr. Melike Bor, Associate Professor

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