Frequently Asked Questions
SciTech Connect is a portal to free, publicly-available DOE-sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia and data information. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of two core DOE search engines, the Information Bridge and the Energy Citations Database. SciTech Connect incorporates all of the R&D information from these two products into one search interface. SciTech Connect was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to increase access to science, technology, and engineering research information from DOE and its predecessor agencies.
Yes. SciTech Connect will provide access to all the information previously available via DOE Information Bridge and the Energy Citations Database.
You should not experience any interruption in service. Any links made to citations or full text in DOE Information Bridge or Energy Citations Database will be redirected to SciTech Connect. You should bookmark the new site for future use. If you experience any interruption in service, you can Contact Us.
SciTech Connect contains all the full-text documents and citations previously found in Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. Thus, SciTech Connect contains over sixty-five years of energy-related citations created and/or collected by OSTI.
SciTech Connect includes technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information sponsored by DOE through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or similar type of funding mechanism from the 1940s to today. This collection continues to grow as new scientific and technical information resulting from DOE research becomes available.
There are over 2.5 million citations, including citations to 1.4 million journal articles, 364,000 of which have digital object identifiers (DOIs) linking to full-text articles on publishers' websites. SciTech Connect also has over 313,000 full-text DOE sponsored STI reports; most of these are post-1991, but close to 85,000 of the reports were published prior to 1990.
Biology and Medicine
Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization
Fission and Nuclear Technologies
Mathematics and Computing
Power Generation and Distribution
Want to take advantage of the semantic search capability available at SciTech Connect? Use the Basic Search. A semantic search technique called keyword-to-concept mapping is utilized, so your search term will be mapped to related scientific concepts allowing you to retrieve results related to your search term, but also to explore narrower and similar concepts. Boolean operators are ignored in the basic search so your term can be easily mapped to other concepts.
This technique is an expansion of your search and will generally return a larger number of results. This powerful and intuitive search can take several seconds to complete.
Using the basic search, a search for wind energy would be expanded to approximately 48 terms associated with wind and energy, including these:
If you are searching for a precise title or author, the Advanced Search is more appropriate.
- wind power
- renewable energy
- wind turbines
- energy efficiency
- energy conservation
- geothermal energy
Want to combine terms or limit your search to a particular bibliographic field? Use the Advanced Search. You can enter terms into one or more fields, combine terms with Boolean operators like AND, OR, and NOT, and limit by date. The semantic search capability of searching similar and narrower concepts is not applied when you use the Advanced Search. The Advanced Search will generally provide fewer results than the semantic Basic Search. If you are searching for a known title, it would be best to use the Advanced Search title field.
There is also an In-Document Search available. If the record has full text, you can search within that record to see where your terms appear in the document. The In-Document search is available from the Citation Details screen for each result. This capability does not work with multimedia, datasets, or citations.
The SciTech Connect Basic Search utilizes a semantic search technique called keyword-to-concept mapping. Your search term will be mapped to related scientific concepts allowing you to retrieve results related to your search term, but also to explore narrower and similar concepts.
Yes. You can create a SciTech Connect account, which will allow you to save and categorize documents, save searches, export bibliographies, and create content alerts. The search results retrieved by the alerts service will be presented exactly as your original search was designed, with your chosen result facet (Everything, Electonic Full Text, Citations, Multimedia, Datasets) displayed.
Yes. If the item is available electronically, a full-text icon will be shown at the right of the result. Items in SciTech Connect are publicly-available and free. There are also various citation export options available on the bibliographic details screen for each result.
To create a SciTech Connect Account, select Create Account and enter the requested information. You are required to provide your email address and create a password. Each account must be registered with a unique email address. After registration, you will be taken to your account management screen.
A SciTech Connect account allows you to save documents, save searches and categorize them into lists, export bibliographies, and create alerts.
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