Are you working on a science project? What about a research paper? If you are, then be sure to check out the link to the Science Resource Center on the library’s Online Resources page.
This database has articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals as well as references, multimedia presentations, and links to other websites on every topic from genetic engineering to magnetism. You can search by topic or keyword, by person, or by publication. Then the results are listed with symbols showing you the level of content: basic, intermediate, or advanced. This feature is really helpful because it can save you time by directing you towards articles that you’ll actually understand – after all, not everyone wants to read an advanced article on the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium.
Another feature that can be really helpful is the list of related topics on the left side of the page. If you try searching a really broad topic, like cancer, this list may help you narrow your search to something more specific, like cancer prevention. Some of the site’s other tools include a dictionary (if you need to look up scientific terms) and a timeline (if you need to look at a particular era in the history of science).
The biggest bonus of this database is that every article is cited, so you know your sources are reliable (it also helps if you have to make a bibliography). So when you have to find information for your next science project, remember to start with the Science Resource Center!
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