ScienceDirect: Changing the Way Libraries and Their Researchers Find, Buy, and Interact With Reference Content

Today’s librarians and researchers agree: The most important part of the research process is separating trustworthy, current information from everything else, and it can be the most difficult part…until now.Reference Module

Elsevier’s forthcoming Reference Modules on ScienceDirect are about to change the way libraries and their researchers find, buy, and interact with reference content.  And that’s great news for you as an author or contributor, because it reflects our commitment to leverage rapidly changing technology and understand shifting user and buyer needs.

With the mass influx of information available on the web, it’s essential that researchers know immediately that a source is both trustworthy AND current. Our content is vetted by a renowned editorial board and updated by subject experts. Elsevier Reference Module articles provide a reliable alternative to Wikipedia and search engine articles obtained through the web.

By delivering “the best of both worlds,” the content you provide becomes more discoverable to users and more accessible to buyers. Here’s how:

  • Trustworthy: Each Reference Module combines thousands of related articles from Elsevier’s peer-reviewed reference works, now organized into an intuitive subject hierarchy designed by each Module’s renowned editorial board to support the entire research process.
  • Current: Time stamps show the date of the last currency review or update by our renowned editorial boards and help researchers know that the articles contained in each Module reflect the most significant recent scientific developments. That means reference content is no longer static. When contained in a Module, the content is dynamic and continually updated.
  • Discoverable: When a Reference Module article comes up in results, its intuitive subject hierarchy guides researchers toward immediate context and trusted, related articles in one place as needed to broaden their perspective in new or related areas.
  • Affordable: A new and flexible pricing model for Reference Modules enables more libraries to provide more information to their users in a realistic way given today’s institutional purchase constraints on academic and corporate libraries. When researchers achieve faster, better outcomes using Elsevier’s Reference Modules on ScienceDirect, the institutions that purchased them help their larger institutions achieve their goals. What more could we want as publishers and content providers?
  • Convenient: Hosting Reference Modules on ScienceDirect encourages users to easily find and actively use all content libraries made available through this platform, including eBooks and eJournals.

Learn more about Reference Modules at: info.sciencedirect.com/ReferenceModules

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