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Science Resource Center Sample Searches

Science Resource Center is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs.

Search 1:

A student wants to write a report outlining the use of DNA in forensic investigations.

Solution:

  1. Choose "DNA" from Topic List
  2. Narrow topic by using the Subject Guide in the far left-hand column
  3. A wealth of terms containing "DNA," including "DNA Fingerprinting," which notes a see reference to "DNA Identification" will appear.
  4. Select "DNA Identification"
  5. All 6 tabs are populated allowing students to easily identify between types of content

Search 2:

Find a simple explanation formula for the Pythagorean Theorem

Solution:

  1. Open Science Resource Center, enter "Pythagorean Theorem" in the "Enter search term(s)" box
  2. Select "Subject Search" and click on the "Search" button
  3. Sort by "Content Level" under the "Reference" tab
  4. Select the first article from the U·X·L Encyclopedia of Science

Search 3:

Student must find scholarly research on the genetic link for diabetes

Solution:

  1. Type genetic diseases diabetes in the Search box
  2. Click on the Search button
  3. Choose the "Academic Journals" tab
  4. Your results will be displayed in reverse chronological order

Search 4:

Need a biography and commentary on Albert Einstein's influences

Solution:

  1. Click on the Person Search button located in the top navigation bar
  2. Type Albert Einstein" in the name box
  3. Select the radio button stating "All Results"
  4. Click on the Search button

Search 5:

You are unable to remember the name of the Asian American meteorologist who developed the scale to rate tornadoes

Solution:

  1. Click on the Person Search button located in the top navigation bar
  2. In the Biographical Facts section, choose "Meteoroligist" from Occupation list
  3. Select "Asian American" from Ethnicity List

Search 6:

A student wants to find overview articles on physics and physical science that deal with gravity

Solution:

  1. Click on the Advanced Search button located in the top navigation bar
  2. Type "physic*" into the first text box
  3. Choose Subject from the dropdown box
  4. Choose AND from the dropdown box
  5. Type "gravity" into the second text box
  6. Choose Subject from the dropdown box
  7. Choose Topic Overview from the Document Type dropdown box
  8. Click on the Search button to execute the search

Search 7:

Find all the articles from the August 1, 2003 issue of Popular Science magazine

Solution:

  1. Click on the Publication Search button located in the top navigation bar
  2. Type "popular science" into the Search box
  3. Click on the Search button
  4. Click on the link to Popular Science
  5. From the "Select Year" drop-down menu choose the year "2003"
  6. The 2003 Popular Science issues are displayed

Search 8:

Find articles to use in lesson plans to meet North Carolina standard Biology: 1.03

Solution:

  1. Click on the Science Standards button located in the top navigation bar
  2. Choose North Carolina from the state list
  3. Expand the standards twice until 1.03 appears
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