Science Reference Center

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An Extensive Collection of Full-Text Science Resources

This comprehensive research database provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Spectacular Image Collection

In addition to full-text coverage, Science Reference Center includes the Science Image Collection, a database of more than 275,000 high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA and Nature Picture Library. Based in the U.K., Nature Picture Library provides thousands of stunning photographs from more than 300 of the world’s best nature and wildlife photographers. The collection features images of wild animals and plant species from around the world, pets, people, landscapes and the environment. The Science Image Collection also includes hundreds of proprietary science illustrations, charts, and graphs.

Superb Functionality

Science Reference Center is available via EBSCOhost or a dedicated interface that allows students to browse topics by category and have quick access to science experiments, a citation tool, and helpful research guides. Science Reference Center supports both students and educators with the following functionality:

  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Autocomplete and spell checker to ensure the correct search terms are applied
  • Advanced search options and the ability to browse topics by branch of science
  • Ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject or publication
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to provide teachers with an alternative content delivery method and to support struggling readers or those who prefer to consume information by listening
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references, as well as the ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students

School Curriculum & Instruction Support

By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. The database contains a wealth of informational texts as well as real-world examples of the application of mathematical concepts in scientific research. Other features and benefits include:

  • Reading measures (Lexiles®) to address text complexity requirements
  • Lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that helps teachers correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state or provincial curriculum standards