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Science Online
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  • Authored by: Facts On File, Inc.
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  • ISBN-10: 0816044287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4428-3
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2000
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  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Expansive Reference Coverage of the Full Range of Scientific Disciplines

The award-winning, redesigned Science Online offers students and researchers a wealth of comprehensive content and a dynamic design that facilitates STEM research and learning. Topic Centers feature specially selected content on core science disciplines to help users find a starting point for their research, and users can also access the full, updated content of our unique science eLearning Modules, which target a variety of core topics and feature valuable Educator Support materials for seamless in-class integration. Plus, new, interactive science experiments that come with lesson objectives, data tables for findings, and analysis of expected results allow users to replicate the in-class laboratory experience in a safe and user-friendly environment.


  • Comprehensive coverage: a wealth of discipline-specific entries and articles, images and videos, topic-specific timelines, tables and charts, and diagrams that provide a thorough grounding in all areas of core science
  • Editorially curated Topic Centers: specially selected content that composes a virtual study guide for the most researched scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, environmental science, marine science, space and astronomy, physics, and more
  • eLearning Modules: the full, updated content of nine science eLearning Modules—Biomes of the Earth, Energy and the Environment, Essential Chemistry, Genetics and Evolution, Global Warming, Green Technology, The Human Body: How It Works, Physics in Action, and The Plant World—providing focused, targeted coverage of a variety of core topics, with important educator resources
  • Videos and animations: 4,000+ high-interest videos and animations that reinforce visual learning, stimulate interest, and provide convenient overviews and discussion starters
  • Experiments, activities, and interactives: more than 1,300 science experiments and activities—filterable by topic, time span, participation, supervision, and grade range—including interactive science experiments for all learners. Great for science fairs!
  • Original diagrams, tables, and charts: original color diagrams, tables, and charts, with captions, that illustrate key concepts
  • Biographies: leading computer scientists, astrophysicists, inventors, engineers, environmentalists, women scientists, astronauts, and mathematicians, with images for key people
  • Science in the News: featured news stories from the award-winning collection of articles that compose Today's Science, highlighting recent scientific events and discoveries
  • Authoritative source list: expertly researched and written content from a wealth of award-winning proprietary print titles.


  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists can be filtered by Topic Center
  • Tag "clouds" for all content, linking to related material
  • Curriculum tools and sources index
  • In-depth overview essays under Suggested Reading give extensive back­ground on relevant topics
  • Searchable timelines by subject and era, updated monthly
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Search by Common Core, state, national, IB, College Board AP, national STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards to find correlating articles
  • Conversion calculator
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats, with EasyBib export functionality
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, number of search results, and standards set for correlations
  • Google Translate for 80+ languages
  • Search Assist technology
  • Persistent record links
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Reviews and Awards

"...accessible and easy to use and students are likely to find research on this site fun and even interesting. It is a good choice to support a school's science program."

American Reference Books Annual

"...easily searchable...provides a wealth of science research and educational tools...Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"Reliable curriculum-oriented information written at a level appropriate for students and coupled with enhancements such as printable diagrams and animations make [this database] a worthwhile resource. It is highly recommended for school and public libraries, and for undergraduate colleges with introductory courses..."

"...the Facts On File databases...have a clear, intuitive, easy-to-use and understand interface...the Facts On File databases, with their reference book resources, their collection of maps and images, and the number of videos included, is a great value for its subscription price. I like the special resources, like posters, tent cards and web page icons...I also appreciate how easy it was to download MARC records for my library's OPAC program."

Paul Zaccagnino, Salesian High School, New Rochell

"Each entry concludes with citation information, a thoughtful plus for instructors who are trying to encourage students to use and cite Internet resources honestly and accurately...Teachers, librarians, and students from middle school through high school will find that its high-quality, clear presentation and wide-ranging content make it ideally suited to support the science curricula. Public libraries serving this school-age population and the public seeking science information will benefit from a subscription as well. Science Online would be useful even in academic libraries..."

LJ netConnect

"This database conveys the visual nature of science in a clear and easy-to-comprehend manner."
Library Media Connection

"...those seeking ideas for science fair projects...will appreciate...Science Online."

Library Journal

"...super-easy to navigate and covers a wide range of science topics…This resource should set a standard for those wishing to attract—and maintain—a steady user following."

Library Journal

"The entries are colorful and easy to read...useful in a middle school or high school library or as a resource in any science classroom. Recommended."
Library Media Connection

"...easily accessible...Science Online’s diagrams and illustrations, many in color, are what make it exceptional...Recommended."

"Accessible and easy to use...an enormously valuable reference source...a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences...An exceptional feature is the...printable science diagrams, many in full color...Students, teachers, and library media specialists will find Science Online's high-quality, clear presentation and extensive content suitable for teaching and learning. A top choice to support your school's science program."
School Library Journal

"This updated, easy-to-use database will be valuable for students, for teachers, and for general reference in both school and public libraries."

"...a refreshing solution to the problem of providing authentic and reliable information for students...an excellent tool that offers timely, accurate information taken from reliable sources in a variety of formats...The site design is attractive, adding an element of fun and interest to the research process...a valuable resource to supplement a school’s science program. Highly recommended."


"...love love love it! The eLearning Modules really makes this a complete package...the topics in the eLearning Modules are right on target. I think every Middle School in our County should have this."

Rovina Salinas, Manager, Tech Curriculum Integrati

"Science Online is an essential online resource for students taking science related courses. This database offers our patrons a comprehensive, curriculum-focused overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. Our students find the content is well organized and easy to search for their topics."

Kwei-Feng Hsu, Director of Library Information and

Selected as a Winner of the "Readers' Choice Award for Digital Reference Tools, 2001"
- eSchool News

Finalist, "Best Education Reference or Search Service" category
- 2008 SIIA CODiE Awards

Official Honoree, 2008 Webby Awards
- Webby Awards

W3 Silver Award

- W3 Awards

"Best Databases" in the "Best for High Schoolers" category

- Library Journal

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