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2 Paid for Databases vs Internet Search Engines FOCUSDatabasesResources from Free Internet Search Engines Database Content Licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by school library professionals and selected for use in a school environment. Depth of content cannot be matched due to publisher/artist copyright protection. Advertisements No ads. No angles. No phishing for personal data. Just information to match student and educator needs. Most content is ad-sponsored. Ads are distracting, often misleading and can be explicit. Result lists also hide true motives such as phishing or sales. Safe Searching Password-protected logins make EBSCO products a safe resource for all ages. Incorporating safety features wastes time and may be ineffective. COPPA Compliancy Children's Online Privacy Protection Act EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information from students using EBSCOhost databases. Most sites linked to and from free search services are not COPPA compliant. Reading Support Dictionary features help students build vocabulary and deepen reading comprehension skills. No related feature available for elementary and middle school students. Reading Levels Articles are assigned Lexiles - users can locate materials suited to individual or group reading needs. No results by reading level.

3 Paid for Databases vs Internet Search Engines FOCUSDatabasesResources from Free Internet Search Engines Citation & Bibliographic Assistance Students can view, save, print and citations for chosen article and images in the correct formats directly from the database. No similar feature available for elementary and middle school students. Risk of Plagiarism Article Summaries Helps students and teachers quickly assess information, practicing essential skills for reading comprehension. Result descriptions are driven by keyword searches and may not truly reflect content or relevance. Saved Research Repository Students can save search results in a password-protected folder, offering a secure and organized holding area. Not offered by free search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Success Tools Free Access to selected thematic units, lesson plans, writing and research guides, and educator-approved websites for Students, Teachers & Librarians. No related feature available. Training Free online courses offered monthly on a variety of topics plus onsite training: No related support feature available. Instructional Support Freely available instructional handouts and short tutorials to aid students with their research. No related support feature available.

4 Topics Covered Science Reference Center Biology Chemistry Earth & Space Science Environmental Science Health & Medicine History of Science Life Science Physics Science & Society Science as Inquiry Scientists Technology Wildlife

5 Full-Text Science Periodicals181 Full-Text Science Reference Books625 Full-Text Science Encyclopedias23 Full-Text Science Essays812 Full-Text Full-Length Biographies of Scientists Science Animations 61 Science Images10,000+ Science Videos 519 3,790 * Figures as of January 4, 2010 Cover-to-Cover Source Types Updated Weekly Science Reference Center

6 Examples of Major Periodicals in Full Text Science Reference Center * Most of these magazines are exclusive to EBSCO

7 Examples of Major Reference Works in Full Text Science Reference Center Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution Encyclopedia of World Environmental History Great Scientific Achievements History of Science & Technology Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography Peterson Field Guide to Atmosphere Peterson Field Guide to Geology Peterson Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals Peterson Field Guide to Stars & Planets Readers Guide to the History of Science Yearbooks in Science: 1900 to present

8 Familiar and easy search screen

9 Further search options available if required by the user

10 Hover over for pop up or click for more information

11 Familiar icons such as print, , save, cite, add to folder and add notes

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13 Journal record information

14 Visual searching available

15 Each user can have their own personalised folder for storing work


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