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Major Reference Works

In the research workflow, the primary point of interaction with scholarly literature is at the journal article, but researchers and students also need an authoritative place to access fundamental knowledge while performing interdisciplinary research and learning about a new subject area.

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This is where Major Reference Works help.

Major Reference Works enable researchers and students to build knowledge and confidence in new and interdisciplinary subject areas.

87% agree they need fundamental information in their work. Source: TechValidate survey of 270 users of Elsevier ScienceDirect
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  • Over 200 Major Reference Works
  • 80,000+ chapters written by world-renowned authors who are experts in the field
  • Each Major Reference Work is reviewed and vetted to a rigorous standard by expert Editors-in-Chief and Section Editors
  • 10+ new Major Reference Works publish every year
  • No DRM restrictions on downloads and printing
  • Unlimited, concurrent access for multiple users
  • Included in the new Reference Collections

Major Reference Works are a long-term investment

The lifetime usage of Major Reference Works is greater over a long period of time than other content types demonstrating the enduring value of this critical foundational content.

30 %
of Major Reference Works
are still used 10 years
after publication

This portfolio of Reference Works covers:

  • Agricultural, Biological, and Food Sciences
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Science and Medicine
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensics and Security
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

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Reference Collections

Available in 7 subject areas, each Reference Collection provides an easy and affordable way to access all Major Reference Works in a subject area in one resource. They:

  • Offer the most comprehensive overview of a field, covering all the fundamental knowledge in one authoritative resource
  • Provide exclusive access to chapters-in-press for forthcoming Major Reference Works, allowing users to get the most up-to-date information in a field
  • Are ideal for students and for online education
  • Offer a fundamental overview for interdisciplinary researchers exploring a novel field
  • Are aligned with other content types on ScienceDirect ensuring your researchers are making the most of your content and getting the full picture of a subject area

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Reference Collections

Subject collections providing
all Major Reference Works in
a subject as Reference Collections

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