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Search and find full text peer review articles on ScienceDirect ScienceDirect is a multidisciplinary database that includes a large range of journals relevant to all BSc subjects. ScienceDirect also includes several electronic books. and encyclopedias
Explore ScienceDirect TOPICS. The topic pages provide a comprehensive database of reliable background and contextual knowledge making it easy to get up to speed with new and unfamiliar concepts
Building blocks of a search:
AND: both terms that you connect with AND must be somewhere in the bibliographic record for that record to be retrieved. AND narrows a search and retrieves fewer articles: antibiotics AND probiotics will find both terms in the record
OR: only one of the search terms combined with OR is required for the bibliographic record to be retrieved. OR broadens a search and retrieves more articles. Applies also for related or synonym terms: polymerase chain reaction OR PCR corn OR maize
NOT: excludes or ignore a particular subset, category, or term. NOT requires the presence of one search term and the exclusion of another. moths NOT butterflies
Phrase Searching: Adding quotation marks around a phrase, such as "bushy top syndrome" will tell the database to search for these words together, rather than separately: "microbial ecology" versus microbial and ecology
Truncating (using the *) is a good strategy to use for some terms: microb* will give the following results: microbe, microbial, microbiome, microbiology, microbolometer,etc. (Choose your * wisely)