Q. Why can't I access some content in Science Direct?


To access Science Direct the correct way you go to the library website:

https://library.itsligo.ie, click a-z of databases, and click on the database title you wish to access. Login with your college login. (username is studentnumber@mail.itsligo.ie)

the reason you are not getting access to some ebooks or journal articles  in Science Direct is that we don't subscribe to them. We only subscribe to the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection which includes journals in full text since 1995 and some complimentary or open access ebooks. If you are ever in doubt or you are being asked for  a credit card a lot in Science Direct it could be a problem with authentication, so just contact us by emailing library@itsligo.ie and we can check to see if anything is wrong. This is actually a common question we get asked. Another example is Taylor and Francis We get 1 journal from them and people ask why they can't access all the other content in the Taylor and Francis database.

When you use the advanced search in Science Direct you can limit to journals that we subscribe to using the advanced search link. You can even limit to the type of article you want. review article can be useful for example to read a review of the literature.

Don't forget you can just email us and book a help tutorial with us, we can either do a face to face tutorial or we can use Adobe Connect for an online help tutorial if you are off campus. Im here till 9pm on a Wednesday.

The other thing you could do is use the Eolas search, (big search on library homepage) we have that locked down to just full text resources. Hope this helps.



Another way to see what you have access to in SD is to click on the journals and books link at the top and browse the content you have full text access to.



  • Last Updated Wed,Dec,2020
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  • Answered By Aine Meehan

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