Skip to Main Content
National College of Ireland


eBooks: ScienceDirect

A guide on accessing eBooks through our various databases.

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering book chapters from almost 20,000 books.​

How to access ScienceDirect through NCI Library

  1. Go to the library's homepage
  2. Select 'eBooks' from the 'Collections' menu
  3. Scroll down to find ScienceDirect or select 'S' from the top menu

TIP: Right-click on the database name and open in a new tab or window so you can easily return to the list of databases.

You may be prompted to sign in before the ScienceDirect page opens - use your college email and network password.

How to use ScienceDirect

To start your search, use the search boxes to search by subject, title, or authors or...
Select the 'Journals & Books' option at the top to start browsing.
You can also start browsing by using the suggested topics on ScienceDirect's homepage.

Select books from the 'Publication Type' filter.
Select all 3 options from the 'Access Type' filter so you only get results that you have full access to.
Use the search box at the top to adjust your search terms.


Use the search box to search for information within the ebook.
You can browse the chapters of the ebook.
You can also view a summary of a chapter by selecting the 'View abstract' drop-down option.
To view a chapter online, select the 'Download PDF' option - this will take you to the online viewer where you have the option to read the chapter online or to download the PDF to your computer.
You also have the option to download the entire ebook.

Use the search option to search for information within the chapter.
You have the option to print the chapter.
You can also download a PDF copy of the chapter to your computer.

Use the 'Advanced Search' to filter your initial search - to select only ebooks, select 'Book Chapters' from the 'Article Types' options.

Keep up to date on any library news and resources by following @NCILibrary on Facebook Twitter Instagram
Communications from the Library: Please note all communications from the library, concerning renewal of books, overdue books and reservations will be sent to your NCI student email account.