E-Resource Feature Focus: Biology

July 12, 2010 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Each month, the Kong Chian Library Club will feature the online e-resources available to teachers and students at Hwa Chong Institution, grouped by academic subject. The aim of such a feature focus is to shine attention on the variety of resources available in order to increase exposure and usage. This month’s review will pertain specifically to Biology e-resources.

Journal of Biological Education takes the form of a monthly periodical, with many different issues covered. However, as it mainly focuses on biological education rather than the wide spectrum of biology, it is possibly more relevant and useful for teachers interested in research and pedagogical approaches than for students. The site contains interviews with experts, and is thus ideal if a viewer wishes to do advanced research.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is the online edition of the eponymous 26-volume print edition published by Wiley-Blackwell. The articles are written by leaders in the field, cover subjects from ecology to neuroscience, and are available to download and print in PDF format. The site hosts many high-quality colour illustrations to accompany the articles, which improves understanding and also gives the reader a clearer understanding of the articles. Appendices and glossary material also provide additional essential information on a given subject.

Although the articles are lengthy (the equivalent of three to ten or more printed pages), they are well-written and richly cross-referenced. Each article begins with a brief abstract and is broken up by helpful subheadings. The search function is also extremely helpful in that allows readers to type keywords into it to find the related subject; the keyword searching method is effective and quick, giving fairly relevant results. With over 4,300 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed articles from leading scientists around the world, this site is a treasure trove of biological information.

Thanks to Yau Chun Shin (3H1), Yeo Jun Hui (3A3), and Leon Tay (2P3) for their write-ups of the two e-resources featured above.


Entry filed under: E-Resources.

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