Science Insight – Science Databases

DNA sculpture at Seattle Science Center - photo courtesy of Jay L.Gale Science in Context (formerly The Science Resource Center) is a one-stop science database for all your science-related research needs. This in-depth, curriculum-oriented, resource focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms, including…

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Health and Medicine
  • Math and Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy

In addition to these six major subjects, the revamped database main page provides access to approximately 390 preselected topics ranging from “abortion and family planning” to “zoology.” It also presents more complex topics such as “reflection, refraction, diffraction and wave interference.” Searchable content includes images, academic journals, experiments, news, magazines, statistics, videos, audio plugs and websites.

Choose the topic “evolution” and you Continue reading “Science Insight – Science Databases”

September Question of the Month: an irregular series

The reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing. They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything. As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper?
Click on Ask a Librarian. It’s what we do
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Back in the early 1980s, the Christian Science Monitor published a book review of a book that featured great, but overlooked, books. We loaned it to a friend and, as you can guess, never saw it again. I can’t remember the title, but among the books reviewed was Indian Summer by William Dean Howells. A sweet little read. I’m trying to figure out if I’m defining it correctly, as an anthology. It was really more like a book by Nancy Pearl, or Michael Dirda. It might have Continue reading “September Question of the Month: an irregular series”

Science Friction– Where science and words rub together

This summer, our Summer Reading Program will take you where you have (most likely) never gone before.  In July and August, the Library and the Northwest Science Writers Association team up to present “Science Friction” – a duet on Pluto (what’s planetary about it?) and Pandora (what’s real about it?). 

On July 18 (2-3 pm), a panel of scientists presents “The Science of Avatar,” in which they discuss real research frontiers reflected in the crafting of the planet Pandora. The program Continue reading “Science Friction– Where science and words rub together”

February Question of the Month: an irregular series

The reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing.  They don’t know everything, instead they know where to findeverything.  As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper?
Click on Ask a Librarian. It’s what we do.
 
I am looking for any photos of the following passenger ships
S.S. Baltic (known to have ported NYC Aug 1910) 
S.S. Canada (known to have ported Quebec September 1912).

 Your question regarding photos of the passenger ships SS Baltic and SS Canada has been referred to the History, Travel & Maps Dept. at the Central Library

We found a colorized photo of the S.S. Baltic online as part of a Continue reading “February Question of the Month: an irregular series”

Job Search Resources: Career Discovery

Need work?  Need a career change?  Need help?  The Seattle Public Library has you covered.  We’ve an entire page on our website devoted to resources for job seekers.  And because some of them are a bit intimidating we’ve prepared a series of short videos to help you get the most out of these sites.  Let us know what you think.  And check out SPL’s Jobs and Careers  page.

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