Science Research

To log in to any of the password-protected sites, please go to our online resource page to find the login and password (you must be logged into your Wayne Hills account to access this page). If you need refresher how-to videos on how to use these resources, I have created them for most of these resources on the HOW TO VIDEOS page.


Gale: Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Ebook collection of over 300 reference resources The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition. Go to the GVRL, and click on “Science” in the right side menu.

Gale: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale): Books, magazine articles, and websites with info on social issues, arguing pro and con. Numerous medical and science topics.

Gale: Science in Context (Gale): provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.Millions of full-text articles
Science Reference Center (EBSCO): Articles from science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference books. Includes more than 200 full-text science periodicals, 880 full-text science reference books, 12 full-text science encyclopedias, 800 full-text science essays, and more than 640 science videos. *Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to Science Reference Center.

Science Online (Infobase):

Has extensive book and journal articles, images and videos, topic-specific timelines, tables and charts, and diagrams.

Also includes virtual study guides for biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, environmental science, marine science, space and astronomy, and physics.

Classroom Videos On Demand:

Videos searchable by subject or producers (BBC, TED, HBO, etc.).

Discovery Education:

Sign in through Classlinks. Short videos on a variety of topics, organized by subject.

Issues and Controversies:

Points of View (EBSCO): Information on controversial issues, including overviews of the topic, and links to magazine and academic journal articles.

*Login, then select “Points of View”

JSTOR - Database of Academic Journals: A collection of journals and ebooks on a variety of topics. Searchable by subject, title, publisher, or via libguides.

World Book Online- Online encyclopedia including articles on almost any topic, tables of statistics, animation, media, pictures, illustrations, sounds, an atlas, dictionary, and more.


Through a partnership with the Wayne Public Library, students and staff now have access to THOUSANDS of magazines and books through Libby and Overdrive Here's a step-by-step video showing how to log in and find magazines on Libby, and one for if you would prefer to use Overdrive. You can also select eBooks through this as well

Please note: these are accessible through the Wayne Public Library - you need a library card number to access this. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one now by filling out this Google Form:

Scientific American- We have hard copies available in the library, or you can see PDFs of past issues by going to this folder and clicking on past issues (you must be logged into your Wayne Hills Google Account to see these!).

Online science magazine. Topic headings include tech, health, planet Earth, strange news, animals, history, culture, and space & physics. No login required.

Science News
A science magazine. We have hard copies in the library, or your teacher can give you access through their account.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

The official website of the CDC, with information on infectious diseases, chronic diseases, data and statistics, and prevention.

Boolean Search

A Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be "hotel" AND "New York". This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords. For a great reference on a way to search BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY, use this link


One of the most important things when writing a report or researching is to give credit to your sources. This is called CITING your sources, and the links below will help you to do that properly. PLAGIARISM is when you copy an idea or quote and do not give credit, so it is important to cite not only quotes, but paraphrased ideas as well. You can use the links below to help you ensure that you are giving credit properly and effectively.
Citing Sources with Easy BibEasy Bib has resources to check your citations, as well as information on how to properly cite in MLA and APA format.Citing in MLA FormatEverything you need to know to cite in MLA formatCiting in APA formatEverything you need to know to cite in APA format
Google Scholar: The difference between Google and Google Scholar is that Google Scholar focuses on the scholarly literature available on the Internet. Resources in a regular Google search do not have to be scholarly, and do not have to be based on research. You can also create your own personalized Google Scholar Library. Just find an article you are interested in and click on the star icon underneath the article. You can create folders, save articles in them, and then access them later by clicking on the My Library link on the top right.
There are a lot of websites on the internet (anyone can make a website!), and many of them are based on people's opinions, outdated data, or questionable information. It is important to be able to tell these apart from reliable sources that are current, authoritative, and accurate. In order to do this, you can apply the C.R.A.P. test for evaluating resources, which was developed by Molly Beestrum, and is used by educators and students. The link below to Evaluating Websites is to a website that delves into the specifics of how to evaluate a resource, and be sure it is something that you want to use in your research.
Evaluating WebsitesThis website, part of Colorado Community Colleges Online, explains how to evaluate websites using the C.R.A.P. test. Comprehensive and easy to understand, it's an excellent resource for teaching students to evaluate websites.