Content types

Elsevier eBooks, series, reference works, reference modules and textbooks present the collective viewpoint of experts on a given topic—comprehensive, relevant and absolutely trustworthy. Used in conjunction with journal articles, book content is an excellent option for someone needing an overview of existing research.

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Benefits shared by all content types:

  • Hosted on and fully integrated with ScienceDirect with no DRM restrictions.
  • Curated by experts in their respective fields.
  • Dynamically links researchers to related content elsewhere on ScienceDirect.
  • Retains value for years.
  • Accessible on mobile devices
  • Downloadable full-text book chapters in PDF and HTML formats (where available) as covered by your subscription.
  • Abstracts viewable in references of HTML chapters where available.
  • Comes with complimentary MARC records.

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Elsevier eBooks are a catalyst for new ideas, presenting sustained arguments, differing opinions, nuance and complexity. EBooks let researchers dig deeper into unfamiliar subject areas, leading them down unexpected and often novel avenues for inquiry.

In nearly all cases, eBooks make for more productive research, often giving rise to those serendipitous moments of discovery that can be key turning points in research.


Elsevier Book Series present a comprehensive snapshot of the current state of research, building upon that foundation over time. They cover topical subjects and review the latest research into methods and protocols.

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Elsevier Handbook Series collect authoritative information on a mature field or particular technique. Designed for quick consultation, these handbooks are used by researchers to shape and refine their approach.

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Elsevier Major Reference Works are a one-stop resource for anyone needing to quickly acquaint themselves with a new field. Each volume summarizes important research within a discipline, highlighting key authors, discoveries, principles and methods.

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Elsevier Reference Modules combine thousands of encyclopedic articles from Elsevier’s world-leading Major Reference Works. These combine with other exclusive content to create a single online, authoritative resource.

New articles are continuously commissioned, while existing ones are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research. All content is date-stamped.

Covering subjects in their totality, Reference Module are used by researchers and scholars working across multiple disciplines.

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Textbooks

For both researchers and students exploring an unfamiliar discipline, each Elsevier Textbook is a pedagogical examination of concepts and methods in a subject area. Textbooks are a catalyst for new ideas and directions for study. With dynamic links to interrelated journals, eBooks and reference works, Elsevier textbooks make it easy to follow research wherever it might lead.

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