Besides academic journals, EBSCO has some magazines in their results and I saw that Science News is one of them.
- First I went to the Sunset Library Resource page and chose Academic Search Complete https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/IT/Library-Resources/Pages/sunset.aspx
- You are automatically logged on when on campus; off campus needs your username and password.
- I chose Advanced Search but didn’t put anything in search (but you could) and just checked full text and wrote Science News for the publication and chose Search.
- This gives results from the magazine. Then I changed the Relevance drop down menu to Date Newest and it displays all the Science News articles in reverse chronological order and most are PDFs from the magazine.
- You could also filter it by Cover Story if you only want more in depth stories.
- When you open the PDFs of each issue you can advance through the issue pages a few at a time and easily switch to a different issue.
Nifty tip: If you use a Chrome browser and are logged into your Google account you can “print” the articles directly to Google Drive – either the PDF or the HTML version.
Note: Not all sources have original PDFs from the magazines – some are just the article text. Some other science sources I found when searching (beside academic journals): Popular Science, New Scientist, Science Now, Current Science, Scientific American, plus Time, US News & World Report, and Newsweek.
One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District.
Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material — especially from academic electronic databases.
So if our goal is for Sunset students to be college and career ready our students need to know this information!
Electronic Resources: Access the Sunset Library catalog, electronic databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, etc from the Sunset Library Resource Page (hint: bookmark it or access it from the Staff bookmark link!). EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a new database to Beaverton this year!
Handouts: Look over the two PDF handouts that were sent by email.
One is a faculty handout which explains how to log in, search, share resource lists and passwords for various databases.
Feel free to make copies of the student handout for your classes. (This would be a great addition to the 9th grade notebook). Pass this out to students but please don’t publish the password on a public website!
Instruction: Invite me to a learning team meeting or to one of your classes and I will teach how to access the resources and give hints on how to conduct an effective search.
Breakfast Club! Want to meet 1:1 or with a few other to learn the basics of searching and access any of our electronic databases? Let’s meet in Colette’s office Wednesday mornings at 7:15am for a refresher. Just drop by anytime 🙂
Cross posted at https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd/research