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eBooks at Strathclyde: Elsevier - Science Direct

About ScienceDirect Books

ScienceDirect provides access to Ebooks published by a range of publishers, predominantly covering the Sciences, but including Social Sciences and Humanities subjects. 


You have access to almost 3000  titles, all of which are available to print, download, or read online.  There is unlimited concurrent user access, which allows a whole class to use the same ebook at the same time.  

The content is split into four main subject collections:

Physical Science and Engineering - including Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth & Planetary Science; Enengy; Engineering; Material Science; Mathematics; and Physics and Astronomy.

Life Sciences - including Agriculture and Biological Sciences; Biochemistry; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Environmental Science; Immunology and Microbiology; and Neuroscience.

Health Sciences - including Medicine and Dentistry; Nursing and Health Professions; Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science; and Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine.

Social Sciences and Humanities - including Arts and Humanities; Business, Management and Accounting; Decision Science; Economics, Econometrics and Finance; Psychology, and Social Science.

Accessing ebooks on ScienceDirect

Finding Ebooks on ScienceDirect

All the ScienceDirect ebooks which are available to the University of Strathclyde   can be accessed on the ScienceDirect plaftorm, and can be found using SUPrimo. When you find a ScienceDirect Ebook in SUPrimo, click the "Electronic resource" link.


You will need to login to use ScienceDirect off-campus, use your DS username and password.

  • From the ScienceDirect homepage click Login at the top right of the page
  • Click the link Go to Other Institutional Login
  • In the Location box, select UK Access Management Federation 
  • Choose University of Strathclyde from the list of Institutions
  • From the University of Strathclyde page, enter your username and password


You will not need to login if you are on-campus.

Can I read all the Ebooks on ScienceDirect?

No, there will be an icon located to the right of the title of a book  

 - You have access to the abstract only, not the full text.  This will allow you to view limited materials, including a Table of Contents, Preface and Acknowledgements, but you won't be able to view any of the chapters.

 - This is a subscribed title to which you have full-text access to all the content of the book.

- This title contains Open Access materials, you will have access to either selected content or all the content of the book,                                                       depending on how much has been published as Open Access.


If you are searching ScienceDirect for ebooks and want to limit results to items where you have full-text access:

  • Select Books from the options in the green menu bar
  • To the right of the contents screen, choose Full-text Access from the range of options in the All Access Types dropdown menu

All the titles available to you can be found on SUPrimo.

Quick guide to Elsevier-Science Direct

Ebook format - PDF 

If you want to view multiple chapters you need to access each chapter individually.

Examples of ScienceDirect Ebooks

When you click the book image or title you will be taken to the record on SUPrimo, from here you can open the link to the ebook.

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