E-Resource Feature Focus: Chemistry

August 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm 2 comments

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 Chemistry e-resources.

Journal of Chemical Education is published by the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society and it targets Chemistry educators. It includes practice questions along with explained solutions, demonstrations and interactive 3D models. This website encourages dynamic teaching and may be useful for teachers who want to arouse interest in the topic covered or increase the students’ depth of understanding of content taught in preparation for a test. Contributions are by a wide range of professors from colleges and universities, thus reliability is mostly assured. Another advantage of this e-resource is that it contains a wide range of content in the form of software, papers, articles and journals which cater to those studying in secondary school, even up to university level.

While the general public won’t get to see the demonstrations or published journals, non-subscribers have access to select site content, such as chemistry questions and explained solutions. This e-resource is also rather unique and extremely useful in how it recommends books to educators via Hal’s Picks of the Month. These resources may show teachers how to teach the subject or they may contain additional content which educators may wish to use to supplement lessons.

One downside for this e-resource is that the content is not adequately organized. While there may be numerous pages within the website, they are only classified according to general subject areas and the materials are not specifically categorized for different learning ages or groups. Thus, educators have to be judicious when assessing the website and sieve out content appropriate for the Chemistry standard of the students.

Scientific American covers a wide range of scientific topics (including Chemistry) and it mainly features scientific reports and articles from around the world. One of the major advantages of this e-resource is its excellent organization of content. The latest scientific articles & the most popular ones are featured while other subsections present include “Observations” (articles which use scientific trends to create hypotheses or predictions), “Expeditions” (reports on scientific data collated from trips) and “News.”

Another advantage of this e-resource is that it encompasses multiple features that enhance its appeal. The forum allows for discussion on chemistry findings while podcasts give audio chemistry-related lectures or talks. There are also pictorial slideshows and even videos to complement the website, and an archive is kept to the facilitate retrieval of old articles. This website can be utilized as an excellent project resource.

Thanks to See Wern Hao (3P2) and Gong Wei Jin (2P3) for their write-ups of the two e-resources featured above.


Entry filed under: E-Resources.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eddie Lim  |  February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Links are broken but I think the websites will be fairly helpful if they are working especially people with iPhone as we can study easily when on trains or buses.


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