McGRAW-HILL'S AccessScience is your online gateway to an unparalleled library of science and technology information. Updated daily, AccessScience delivers the latest content of the trusted McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 9th Edition, and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Edition. Search ther database containing more than 8,000 articles written by the leading figures in their fields—including 30 Nobel Prize winners—edited and illustrated with the non-specialist in mind. Find late breaking news biographies of famous scientists, a Student Centre, and much more—all brought to life by 13,000 high-quality illustrations. Whether you're looking for an article explaining the structure of an atom or need to understand the latest Nobel Prize-winning research, you'll find it here.
• MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology
• 115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
• 3000 biographies of well-known scientific figures
• 18,000-PLUS downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
• ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
• SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings guide users to deeper understanding and research
• LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE through DOIs help users continue their research using primary sources of information
• INTERACTIVE CITATION GENERATOR saves time and effort when preparing papers
• CURRICULUM MAPS tied to core content save time for educators
• MOBILE ACCESS allows easy, anytime access outside of institutional IP ranges
- Access Science Review by Shawn, Elly, Ken
Shawn: Access Science is an online science reference database.
Elly: Access Science is a database of concise reference material for a number of scientific disciplines ranging from chemistry to paleontology.
Ken: It is a very comprehensive website.
2) You would use this if…
Shawn: I was involved in any type of study or teaching in the field of science.
Elly: You were seeking a clear yet detailed understanding of a particular subject matter.
Ken: You want to find the latest news. For example, I am interested in the Nobel Prize winners, which can be found in the Biographies section. For each prize winner, there is a lot of extra content to help the user better understand the research topic and find related studies.
3) It’s suitable for…
Shawn: Students and teachers alike.
Elly: High school students wishing to develop a sound knowledge of the sciences. It would greatly assist in establishing contextual background knowledge during VCE years to build a comprehensive study base, or to review any areas of study that students were struggling to grasp.
Ken: Finding references. Because the articles all come with their own citations and are mostly published in the 21st century, the content is reliable. At the bottom, it also has a section on additional readings.
4) It would be useful for schools and/or libraries because…
Shawn: It provides a very comprehensive, searchable database of articles covering a wide range of science related topics.
Elly: It provides teachers with an easily-accessible means of sharing more specific knowledge to students who are willing to go beyond that which is limited to the classroom. The citation function and clear reference listed at the top of each article is especially useful as it exposes secondary students to the need to properly reference works. This is a great habit to develop as it is a requirement for further tertiary studies.
Ken: This resource would be useful for both schools and libraries as students and patrons can search and find articles on it.
5) My favourite feature is…
Shawn: The Explore section on the homepage gave me a preview of some interesting articles which I could then click through to learn more about. Also the Media section has some interesting videos!
Elly: The Biographies section, which allows users to familiarise themselves with key figures within disciplines.
Ken: How to sort articles. Articles are sorted alphabetically and then categorised further, where users can find topics they’re interested in. However, the advanced search is not advanced enough in my opinion — if there is a way to limit or sort the search results by the article’s publication year, it will be easier to find the latest articles.
(Posted on 2/11/2016)