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E-Books at the University of Kentucky Libraries: ScienceDirect


About this Resource

Access to the full-text of Elsevier and other journals.

Use & Download Info


  • Documents available online in HTML or PDF format, and downloadable as PDFs.

Software requirements

  • PDF reader such as Adobe Reader required for PDFs.

Mobile options

  • Users of ScienceDirect accessing journal articles on a mobile device must use Mendeley.


ScienceDirect & Mendeley Mobile App

Registered ScienceDirect users can read articles on mobile devices and experience:

  • Uncompromised access to full-text articles
  • Easy readability through crisp text and clean graphics
  • A simple search box on every article page
  • One-click PDF downloads to Mendeley

The Mendeley Mobile App can be used on iOS and Android devices. You can download the Mobile app here:

iOS: iTunes

Android: Google Play

In order to use the ebooks Mobile App you will need to register as a ScienceDirect User

To learn how to become a Registered ScienceDirect User, click here. 

For any other questions, please visit the ScienceDirect FAQ page.

Other Usage Info

As part of the continuous effort to protect ScienceDirect’s extensive content from bot activity and abuse:

On the search results page, ScienceDirect limits the number of PDF downloads to 100 documents per day
ScienceDirect requests you sign in to your ScienceDirect account to download:

  • Multiple documents from the journal issue page
  • More than 10 documents from the search results page
  • Recommended articles which may be offered in a modal window on the article page
  • Special issues in-full on the related article page

Multiple document download is not available for pre-paid transactional accounts. If you are using a pre-paid transactional account, download documents individually.

Click here to view more information about downloading articles.



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