SciVerse, it's old and it's new. The uWaterloo Library has subscribed to its constituent parts and now they are all pulled together in a one-stop shop with new applications and promises of more to come. And, in spite of having “Sci” in its name, it includes all subject areas.
SciVerse comes from the publisher Elsevier and comprises:
- Science Direct. Full text of content from Elsevier sources, over:
- 10 million full-text journal articles
- 15 thousand ebooks (We do not subscribe to all of these but the search still works; we might have the print version or be able to get it via Interlibrary Loan/RACER)
- 15 thousand multimedia files
- Scopus. This is an abstract and citation database, indexing millions of articles in all subject areas from many different publishers. Coverage of some journals goes back to the mid-1800s; the most complete coverage begins in 1996.
- Scirus. An index to web pages, society publications, open access and digital archive collections, patents, and ejournal and database collections. This one is mostly science and technology.
- SciTopics— expert-generated knowledge-sharing service for the scientific community
All of the above are searchable with one query and the results presented in a de-duped (duplicate articles removed) list. Keep in mind that there is so much material in the database that you will want to compose your question carefully to include only desirable articles and exclude unwanted articles.
Check the icons beside the citations in the brief list to see if the material retrieved is available to you directly online, only as an abstract (usually an article from a publisher other than Elsevier but do not forget to click on the “GetIt!” link to see if it is available to us), or as an external resource.
Some of the applications are features in Scopus such as:
- Author ID numbers and profiles, helping collect material by each author together no matter in what format the author’s name appears
- H factors for authors, a ranking system based on citation counts
- Cited reference searching
- Searching of the methods sections of full-text articles that are in Science Direct
- Matching sentences - displays the sentences (or parts) containing the words you searched for
- Most prolific authors - lists some of the most occurring authors in the results list
There’s a lot to see and use in SciVerse. Contact your liaison librarian and explore it together.
For more information, contact:
Information Services and Resources Librarian
Davis Centre Library
, Communications and Liaison Librarian
, Co-ordinator, Library Communications and Web Management
, Assistant, Library Communications and Web Development
October 21, 2010