Science Reference Center

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to find full text articles and science experiments while discovering a variety of search techniques and features to refine your results.

This database contains science-oriented content. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

You’ll experience a research scenario that highlights the unique content in Science Reference Center.

Use the arrows below to navigate sequentially through the tutorial or use the Contents button above to skip between sections.

Part 1.  Locating Articles by Browsing Categories.

Science Reference Center allows users to browse by category from the Basic Search screen. If you're brainstorming a topic, or have a general idea of what you're looking for, browsing science categories might be a good place to start.


Which one is NOT a category available to browse?


From the home screen, click on Physical Sciences. 

What are some of the subjects listed?

From the list of subjects, click on Sounds & Acoustics. 


How many results are there?


On the left hand side of the screen you can choose options for limiting your search.  Mark the box next to "Full Text."  This will show only full text articles in your results list.


In the left-hand column, what are some other ways you can limit or narrow your search results?


Mark the box next to Magazines and this will display only magazine articles in your results list.

Let's go ahead view the search results in reverse chronological order (the most current / recent article will be at the top of the list).  To do this, click on the link in the upper right corner of the result list that says, Relevance.  From there, select Date Newest. 



What are some other Result List Sort options?


Take a look at the middle of the screen, where the articles are listed. 

1) The article title link takes you to the citation information and/or the full text. Place your mouse over the Preview icon Preview Icon to view the Abstract.

2) The HTML Full Text link takes you directly to the full text of the article.

3) The PDF Full Text link takes you to a PDF version of the full text. The PDF will open in the Adobe ® Reader®.

Part 2. Keyword and Basic Searching.

To get back to the Basic Search screen click on the Science Reference Center logo or New Search in the upper left corner of screen.

In the search box type in osmosis and click the green search button. 


How many results are there?


In the left-hand column, what are the source types available for osmosis?

In the left-hand column, take a look at the subjects available relating to osmosis by clicking on Subjects


Which subject term has the most results?


Let's take a look at one of the articles.  To do this, mark the box next to osmosis under Subjects.

Click on the title of the article that appears first in your results list.  Once you're viewing an article, take a look at the right side of the screen. 


What tools are available for retrieving the article?


You have completed this tutorial and learned how to find article, biographies, science experiments, and reference materials while discovering a few of the search techniques and features to refine your results along the way.

We encourage you to spend some time to try out more features searching for content on topics that interest you.

If you have questions about this tutorial or any one of the ELM databases, please contact us.




Science Reference Center database can be used to find articles and information on aspects of most sciences including physical, applied, life, and earth sciences.

Which Refine Results feature targets your list of results to science experiments?

Which search option is preferable when unsure of a specific subject or topic?


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