Elsevier Reference Modules on ScienceDirect

3 logosWe understand the need for timely, up-to-date and easy-to-find research. Reference Modules on ScienceDirect provide current and trustworthy content all in one place. They combine thousands of related reference work articles into a single “go-to” source of subject-related information that is continuously updated by experts.

The need for current information, received in a timely manner.

The days of waiting 5 to 10 years for an update on foundational knowledge are gone. Our model is to review every piece of content within the reference works and ensure their currency in a timely manner. If an article is found out of date, an update is commissioned and entered into the Reference Module providing researchers with information that is updated at the speed of science.


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Reference Modules are:

  • Trustworthy – Content from dozens of Elsevier’s authoritative, peer-reviewed reference works
  • Current – Articles that are continuously reviewed, updated as needed and then time stamped by an expert editorial board
  • Discoverable – Intuitive subject hierarchies designed by each module’s editorial board that make the articles easy to navigate and find essential information
  • Hosted on ScienceDirect – Linking to relevant journal articles and book chapters on ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s full-text scientific database, for additional information


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“Overall, Reference Modules are excellent sources of difficult-to-find, reliable information which not only provide researchers with detailed subject knowledge, but allow them to monitor subject development and related disciplines using hierarchy.”- FreePint

“This will be a valuable resource for scholars and students in chemistry, chemical engineering, plastics, polymer science, pharmacy, and related fields. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.” - CHOICE

“The company has embraced the digital format with Reference Modules and the advantages it holds over the older print method, which traditionally saw publishers releasing new sets of encyclopedias every 5-7 years.” - Information Today

“This Reference Module is a good resource for environmental science and earth system science studies for academic libraries with a research focus…. Recommended. Upper level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.”- CHOICE