Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images. 

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At a Glance

Full Text

Title List:
Coverage: Excel | HTML
eBooks: Excel | HTML
Subject: Excel | HTML

Content Includes

  • More than 220 full-text science periodicals
  • More than 1,100 full-text science reference books and encyclopedias
  • More than 810 full-text science essays
  • More than 4,000 full-text, full-length biographies of scientists 
  • More than 2,000 science videos
  • Lesson plans

Subjects Include

  • Applied sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and space science
  • Energy
  • Environmental science
  • Forensic science
  • Health and medicine
  • History of science
  • Life science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science and society
  • Science as inquiry
  • Science careers
  • Scientists
  • Wildlife

High-Quality Content and Images

In addition to full-text coverage, Science Reference Center includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA and Nature Picture Library.

Based in the U.K., Nature Picture Library provides thousands of stunning photographs from more than 300 of the world’s best nature and wildlife photographers. The collection features images of wild animals and plant species from around the world, pets, people, landscapes and the environment. The Science Image Collection also includes hundreds of proprietary science illustrations, charts, and graphs.

Superb Functionality

Science Reference Center is available via EBSCOhost or a dedicated interface that allows students to browse topics by category and have quick access to science experiments, a citation tool, and helpful research guides. Science Reference Center supports both students and educators with the following functionality:

  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Autocomplete and spell checker to ensure the correct search terms are applied
  • Advanced search options and the ability to browse topics by branch of science
  • Ability to sort search results by content type, publication date, subject or publication
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist auditory learners, struggling readers or those learning English
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references, as well as the ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students

School Curriculum & Instruction Support

By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. The database contains a wealth of informational texts as well as real-world examples of the application of mathematical concepts in scientific research. Features and benefits include:

  • Lexile reading measures to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
  • Lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that helps teachers in the U.S. and Canada correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state or provincial curriculum standards