Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Evaluating Websites


    1. Who wrote the article?
    2. Who published the article?
    3. Is the information accurate?
    4. Is there a bias?
    5. Are there references listed?

Rank these from 1-4 with 1 being the BEST and 4 being the WORST website to list in a bibliography. Be prepared to justify your rankings. Who is the author? Who is the publisher? Are sources listed within or at the end of the text?


              Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Web Page.” Publishing Organization or Name of Website in Italics. Publication date and/or access date if available. URL.

    Thursday, December 04, 2014


    Scientific American 1845 to the Present 
    The entire collection of Scientific American issues is now available online.

    eLibrary Science
    Offers laser-focused science content and tools along with unique video and dozens of manipulatives found in no other online science reference product.

    Google Scholar
    A search engine for scholarly articles.

    EbscoHost MAS-Ultra Made for high school students, a collection of 500 popular magazines.

    EbscoHost's Academic Search Complete.
    A very powerful collection of scholarly journals covering a wide range of topics. Remember to check "Search within the full text of the articles" if you are not getting many results. 


    What Makes A Good Science Fair Project
    "A website from USC that gives a lot of good tips and ideas to think about regarding what makes a good science fair project."*
    IPL: Science Fair Project Resource Guide
    "Are you looking for some help with a science fair project? If so, then you have come to the right place. The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment. If you have never done a science fair project before, it has been a while, or you just want to be sure you do a really great job be sure and look at the following websites for tips on what makes a good project before doing anything else. This way you will know ahead of time what will be expected of you..."

    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
    A "searchable database of abstracts provides a powerful resource to help with project ideas and as perhaps a first step in a literature search. Abstracts are searchable by key word, discipline, finalist name, fair id, state or country." This site also has "Tips and Advice from alumni."


    Other science fair resources:
    [All project suggestions from the below sites might not necessarily be a good project idea. Ask yourself: Is it a demonstration or an experiment? Is it too simple or perhaps too easily reproducible? Check in with your teacher.]

    MAD Scientist Library
    "Welcome to the MadSci Library, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW."

    Science Buddies Includes a database of project ideas and an "Advanced Science Project" guide, which provides overview of top high school science fair contests.

    SEED: Science Lab
    "The Science Lab offers activities related to geology, physics, and space. Geared for ages 10–18, all of the projects come with a background lesson and most require minimal prep time. Created by: Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, New York, NY." [quoted from :]

    Ask an expert
    [Scroll down to "Ask An Expert"] "Most of your research will probably be done on the internet or at the library, but if you’ve looked everywhere you can find, but still don’t have an answer, then it might be time to call an expert. At these sites, there are expert scientists who can answer your questions.

    Before you send a question, be sure to read through each site’s archives, because someone may have already asked your question. Also, you should remember that it will usually take at least a couple days, maybe longer, for you to receive an answer."
    The Archimedes Initiative
    "Student interviews on an array of insightful projects providing excellent advice from conquering fears to working through unforeseen results." *

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    Historical newspapers and primary documents

    The Library of Congress has a beta site with several state newspapers (including from New York) available from 1900-1910. "Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present."

    You can access the New York Times (1851 to the near present)--available through Proquest--if you are on campus at the high school. To access, from the HCHS home page, mouse over "library" and then then choose the "Proquest New York Times Historical" link.  

    A collection of links to historical newspapers available free online.

    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902) has been digitized by the Brooklyn Public Library and is available here:

    Historical Newspapers from NORTHERN New York State: 

    Historical Newspapers from Suffolk County:

    Freedom's Journal: The "first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States. The Journal was published weekly in New York City from 1827 to 1829. All 103 issues have been digitized and placed into Adobe Acrobat format."

    Queens, NY newspapers ON MICROFILM:

    [Mid-Manhattan, Users at the microfilm viewers], Digital ID 1252841, New York Public Library

    Two other places for newspaper links and information:


    Some additional historical periodical resources below, taken from :
    A free Website archiving materials from Harper's Weekly on specific historical topics of the nineteenth century, superbly organized for educational purposes (for research and for teaching primary historical and cultural research to secondary and post-secondary students). Current highlighted collections include Black America; the impeachment of Andrew Johnson; Civil War literature; presidential elections 1860-1884 (including the electoral college issue in the 1876 election); immigrant and ethnic America; the editorial cartoons of Thomas Nast; the American West; and 19th-century advertising. Each topic is introduced with contemporary scholarship.
    Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. For more details about the project, see About MoA. Making of America is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
    Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
    This important journal included fashion plates as well as poems, fiction, editorials, literary notices, fashion and needlework patterns, and advice articles. Both websites listed include illustrations.