Sunday, October 03, 2010
SCIENCE RESOURCES IN ELM
Within ELM, there are three main databases containing science resources. They are EBSCO Science Reference Center, Gale General Science Collection, and Gale Discovering Collection.
Science Reference Center contains periodicals, reference books, encyclopedias, biographies, images and videos. It is currently available as a stand-alone database in the familiar EBSCOHost format, as part of the more high-school friendly Student Research Center, and as part of the elementary- and middle school- level Kids Search. Advanced Search options include curriculum benchmarks and the document type “science experiment”.
General Science Collection contains the full-text of 60+ science journals. It is geared to upper high school and above. Some of the titles have a full-text embargo of six months to a year. In addition to reading, printing or saving text, patrons can listen to articles or download them as sound files.
Discovering Collection is Gale’s database on topics including science for grades 6 - 12. It includes science encyclopedias, topic overviews, multimedia content, biographies, and science experiements. In advanced search, the patron can limit document type to “experiment activity”.
In addition to the above databases, Britannica Online also has excellent interactive science lessons and multimedia guides.