AccessScience—the Go-to Guide for Scientific Terms, Processes, and Phenomena

What is taeniodonta? How do you build a levitation machine? Don’t know off-hand? Find the answers in AccessScience, the Library’s latest online acquisition from McGraw-Hill that provides access to over 115,000 definitions, 8500 articles, 3000 biographies, and 18,000 downloadable images, videos, and exclusive animations covering all major scientific disciplines—these are high-quality resources that include primary research material by leaders in their fields, research reviews, and how-to project guides.

Browse alphabetical lists of “Articles,” “Biographies,” “Media,” or “Projects” from the top navigation bar, or narrow your focus by selecting “Topic” as a viewing option, and by selecting various sub-topics. The simplest and most direct way to access information is to type a term in the search box located on every page; results begin with a brief definition of the term, followed by articles in order of relevance. Use the left side bar to filter results according to type (e.g. article, image, news, video), or according to topic (fields of research such as “Engineering,” “Environmental Science,” or “Physics”). Creating a My AccessScience account allows you to save articles, images, animations, and searches for future reference.

When you’ve found the article you want, there’s a handy panel in the upper right-hand corner with options to save it to My AccessScience, to generate a citation in a preferred style, email it to colleagues and friends, print it, share it on social media, or link it to your own research. Each article contains a bibliography that takes users directly to primary sources.

Instructors can choose “For Faculty” from the navigation bar to find a curriculum map in a particular field. These maps were designed by leading faculty as guides to relevant and engaging content for teaching, and may be easily incorporated into a curriculum by using “Copy Link” to paste into a course web page or management system.

AccessScience’s roaming passport also allows mobile access to its wealth of material off-grounds, from outside the University’s IP address!

For the latest on the Library’s digital acquisitions, regularly check the Library’s guide to new online resources. Its updated daily!

By the way, if you haven’t checked already, AccessScience defines taeniodonta as “an extinct order of quadrupedal eutherian land mammals known from the early Cenozoic deposits of the Rocky Mountain intermontane basins of western North America and, based on a single tooth of Ectoganus gliriformis, from early Cenozoic rocks in South Carolina.”

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