TU Delft Library provides access to an extensive collection of scientific and technical information from leading scientific publishers and platforms. An ever-increasing part of the collection is available via Discover, the search box in the top right-hand corner on our website.  Publishers Springer and offer their own app. See what the possibilities are.

Text: Karin Clavel

With thanks to the tweet from @wowter!

The free SpringerLink app from the publisher Springer has been available since the end of December. I downloaded it straightway and tried it out.

What does it allow you to do?
• Search in SpringerLink (*1). 
• Read abstracts.
• Click through to copyrighted full text via Eduroam or using a log-in.
• Perform specific searches for and gain direct access to Open Access publications (127,000 articles).
• Share via e-mail, or .
• Save references in a list.
• Copy & paste a citation.
• Save searches.
• Refine search results.

Limitations:
• Only Springer and content.
• Search results can’t be sorted.
• No alerts.
• Filter by subject: the list is much too long to use; there should at least be an A-Z.
• When switching from simple to advanced search, the search is deleted unless you do it via “refine search”.

The app looks good and is attractive. searches are fast and they load quickly. The biggest disadvantage is that you only search for content in Springer, but of course it’s not an app you would use to perform a literature study. But it can be very useful for searching for something quickly.

All the content is directly accessible via , thanks to TU Delft’s subscriptions. It is also possible to create an account via the TU Delft network. You can then also use the account to gain access to the copyrighted articles without Eduroam.  

A similar app from Elsevier has been available for a little longer: SciVerse .
Please note: download the free app, not the Premium version – even though it says it’s for institutional subscribers. This app is also available for Android telephones!

What does it allow you to do?
• Search in ScienceDirect (*2).
• Read abstracts, and figures.
• Click through to copyrighted full text using a log-in.
• Share via e-mail.
• Save references in a list.
• Save searches.
• Search-based alerts (see the SciVerse Scopus alerts app for citations alerts).

Limitations:
• Only Elsevier content.
• Slow.
• Search results can’t be refined.
• No link to .
• No Open Access articles.
• You have to save the full text and errors can occur even via a fast Wi-Fi connection.

Using a TU Delft e-mail address, you create a log-in that is used as authorisation to click through to the full text.

So… if you are interested in being able to find scientific articles, wherever you are, install both apps. Whether more content is to be found at Springer or at Elsevier depends on the subject to some extent. The Springer app is fast and gives users the option to share content. For an extensive online literature study or more suitable bibliographic databases, see the overview on the TU Delft library website.

(*1) SpringerLink is a publication database with articles from more than 2,700 peer-reviewed journals and more than 48,000 books on Science, Technology and Medicine, which together equate to around 5.5 million documents (source: Springer Verlag).

(*2) ScienceDirect is a publication database with articles from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books, which together equate to around 9.5 million documents (source: Elsevier BV).