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Science Research Guide   Tags: biographies, images, in-depth, popular_science, science, science_education, sciences, videos  

Guide to popular science and general interdisciplinary science resources.
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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General Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are a good place to look for introductory information on almost any science topic.


Off-Campus Access

Most of our indexes, ejournals, and full-text articles can be accessed off-campus using your ISU Borrower ID and password.  See Set your Library password for more information. 

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Information Literacy Guides



If you need additional help with your search for information, feel free to contact the librarian who appears on the right side of this guide or Ask Us!  The Ask Us service provides help via instant messaging, email or in-person at the Help & Information Desk in the Parks Library.

Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles

The first 2 links below are basic indexes that would be a good starting place for a beginning-level paper related to any area of science.  Most of the articles in these 2 databases are available full-text.  The ISU Library also has MANY additional indexes to journal articles in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.  Click on the Find Articles tab to locate additional recommended indexes.


    Finding Hot Topics

    Need help picking a topic for your paper?  Here are some ways to locate hot topics in science:

    • Hot Topics (from NewsBank)
      Topics are arranged by broad disciplines. Scroll down to find science areas.
    • New York Times Topics
      Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files.
    • Science Library Hot Topics
      From the Birmingham Science Library (in Great Britain). Each link contains a good introduction to the topic and then links out to related resources they provide in their library. We should have many of these same resources available at ISU.
    • Science News
      This is a magazine that publishes popular news stories on almost all areas of science. Scanning through tables of contents can generate ideas for current hot topics.
    • Special Reports on Key Topics in Science & Technology
      From New Scientist magazine. Some of these topics are fairly broad, so you may need to narrow them down for a research paper.

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