Critical evaluation: The Science Online database is an excellent resource for teens. Its simple, clear layout will be easy for teens to understand quickly, and it is likely that instruction will be necessary for students to get the full value of the resource. The information provided by the database is extensive. Not only does it include a great deal of “encyclopedia” type data, but it offers diagrams, experiments, biographies and timelines specific to certain subject areas. This makes it much easier for users to find the resources they need quickly and easily. The way the information is broken down also makes it easier for users to get what they need for reports or projects. For example, if someone just needed a diagram on climate change, they would be able to find it quickly without needing to sort through a lot of other information. The science in the news features also allow users to relate what they find to current events or things they may have heard about from our sources. Overall, the database is an outstanding, helpful and usable resource for teens. Please note that this is a subscription database, and is accessible to teens who have library cards with Santa Clara County Library.
Reader's annotation: Find the science information you need quickly and easily with this extensive database. Topics include biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, forensic science, marine science, mathematics, physics, space and astronomy, and weather and climate.
About the publisher: Facts on File began publishing reference titles in 1941 and has since become one of the leading publishers of both print and electronic reference materials. The company has published over 1,300 titles in topics ranging from history and language to science and technology to sociology. Their materials are offered in a variety of reading levels from elementary and middle school to high school and college. All of their titles are thoroughly researched before publication to ensure that they are accurate and unbiased. They specialize in curriculum-based subject areas for both school and public libraries. (http://www.fofweb.com/subscription/default.asp?bid=2)
Space and Astronomy
Weather and Climate
Current events in science
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From leading publisher that has been in business since 1941.
Information is researched heavily beforehand to ensure accuracy.