Homework Help: Science
Student databases and World Wide Web sites

These links to "science stuff" on the Web will help you find the facts, figures, and information you need for science homework and projects.

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General science Physics
Animal classification Plants
Animals of the rainforest Science Fair
Biology Solar system
Biomes Space exploration
Chemistry Volcanoes
Dinosaurs  

 


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General Science

Web resourceExploratorium
This online museum of "science, art, and human perception" features more than 10,000 web pages covering hundreds of topics, instructions for more than two hundred simple experiments, and live “webcasts” from the museum floor in San Francisco. The Exploratorium focuses on investigating science behind the ordinary subjects and experiences of people’s lives.
Web resourceScience & Mathematics from Skokie Public Library
Browse these links for all kinds of  information about science. Topics include general science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, the environment, geology, and weather. Please note: Skokie Public Library staff has selected these resources for use by all visitors to the Library's website. Younger children may need adult supervision and assistance to find, understand, and evaluate content.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardScience Online from Facts on File
Science Online contains scientific information for students in all areas of science. Use this resource to find science experiments, videos, diagrams, articles, and biographies of famous scientists.
Web resourceTeen Scene Homework Help: Science and Mathematics from Skokie Public Library
Check out the Library's Teen page for more links to science websites, an online science dictionary, and more. Please note: Skokie Public Library staff has selected these resources for use by teen visitors to the Library's website. Younger children may need adult supervision and assistance to find, understand, and evaluate content.
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Animal Classification

Web resourceAnimal Diversity Web: Kingdom Animalia
A database of animals that features detailed information about individual animal species, phyla, classes, orders, and families.
Web resourceBBC Nature: Wildlife
A fact-filled database of animal information and pictures. Use the BASIC or ADVANCED SEARCH to find hundreds of animals by their common or scientific name.
Web resourceBioKIDS: Critter Catalog
General information about animals and their groups. Includes pictures, sounds, and specimens.
Web resourceNational Geographic Coloring Book: Animals
Detailed pictures of animals to color or use in school projects. Also includes cool animal facts and Web links.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library card Searchasaurus
Information for students from magazines and reference books. Includes a General Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia of Animals. Select ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANIMALS to search for animals by name or group.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library card World Book Online
The online version of the World Book encyclopedia. Select FEATURES OF THE MONTH. Then select PLANTS, ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT for encyclopedia articles about birds, reptiles, and insects.
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Animals of the Rainforest

Web resourceAnimal Diversity Web from the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
An online database of animals that features detailed information about individual animal species, phyla, classes, orders, and families.
Web resourceKids' Planet ESPECIES Animal Fact Sheets
Learn about more than fifty endangered species with this online fact sheet arranged by continent. Find information about animal status, description, identification, population, lifespan, range, habitat, food, behavior, offspring, and threats. The site also includes links to additional information about each species.
Web resourcePassport to the Rainforest
Learn all about the rainforest from some of the world's leading biologists! Select ECOsystem to find information and pictures of rainforest animals, birds, and insects. Select GEOsystem to learn about rainforests through photos, maps, and graphics.
Web resourceRainforest Animals from the Missouri Botanical Garden
Find information about several rainforest animals with these descriptions from the Multimedia Animal Encyclopedia.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library card Searchasaurus
A general encyclopedia, magazine articles, pictures, and more.
Use the Encyclopedia of Animals to search or browse for animals by name. Type rain forest into the search box to get started.
Search the Pictures section using the keywords rain forest.
The Wild Ones Animal Index
This index of articles includes information about the habits, habitats, and threats to endangered birds, herptiles, invertebrates, and mammals.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library card World Book Online
This online version of the popular encyclopedia includes maps, charts, audio and video clips, animations, Bubble Views (360-degree virtual tours), Web links, magazine and newspaper articles, and more.
Try a keyword search for rain forest to get connected with encyclopedia articles, photos, special reports, and more.
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Biology

Biology4Kids
An introduction to the basics of biology for students of all ages. Topics include cell structure, cell function, the scientific method, classification, microorganisms, invertebrates, plants, vertebrates, and animal systems.
Cells Alive!
This collection of film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms includes sections on cell biology, microbiology, immunology, microscopy, cell models, a cell gallery, and a crystal gallery. The site also includes a search engine, homework tools, and links to other cell-related websites.
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Biomes

Missouri Botanical Garden: Biomes of the World
Use this website to learn about the earth's biomes: rainforest, desert, grassland, taiga, tundra, and temperate forest. The site also includes sections about freshwater and marine ecosystems.
The World's Biomes
Created by students at the University of California at Berkeley, this website is an introduction to five major types of biomes on Earth: aquatic, desert, forest, grassland, and tundra.
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Chemistry

Rader's Chem4Kids
This online chemistry library for kids is organized by topic. Subjects include matter, atoms, elements, reactions, and biochemistry. The site also includes a search engine.\
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Dinosaurs

The Dinosauria
Find all kinds of information and facts about dinosaurs at this website from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction
This website answers all kinds of questions about dinosaurs such as "When did the first dinosaurs appear on Earth?" "Where did dinosaurs live?" "How long could a dinosaur live?" and many more.
Sue at The Field Museum
Learn all about Sue, "the largest, most complete, best preserved T. rex" who is currently living at Chicago's Field Museum. Find out what's new with Sue, learn about Sue's skull, find cool facts and pictures, and more.
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Physics

The Atoms Family from the Miami Museum of Science
This traveling science exhibit teaches principals of physics through educational activities presented by famous movie monsters! Learn about light from Dracula, electricity from Frankenstein, atoms and matter from the Phantom, and energy from Wolf Man and the Mummy. Click the "Activities" link to get started (if you dare!).
IPPEX Online: The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience
Learn about electricity, magnetism, energy, and fusion by participating online in scientific research being conducted at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
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Plants

A Field Guide to the Prairie
From the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota, this website is filled with fun facts about the prairie plants and animals.
PLANTS National Database
This website includes a large database of plant information: names, photos, fact sheets, information about culturally significant plants, information about poisonous and invasive plants, plant characteristics information, threatened and endangered plant information, wetland plant information, and links to thousands of plant-related websites.
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Science Fair

Discovery Education: Science Fair Central
This complete guide to creating a science fair project includes an online handbook, project ideas, tip sheets, website and book suggestions, a question and answer database, and tips for parents.
ipl2 for Kids: Science Fair Project Resource Guide
An online guide to Web resources designed to lead students through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment.
Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardScience Online from Facts on File
Science Online contains scientific information for students in all areas of science. Use this resource to find science experiments, videos, diagrams, articles, and biographies of famous scientists.
 
Successful Science Fair Projects
This kid-friendly overview of what goes into a successful science fair project includes links to other science fair project websites.
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Solar System

Amazing Space: Homework Help
Homework help especially for projects about space and planets! Find definitions, answers to questions, project help, and more.
BBCi: Space - Solar System
Exclusive video, audio clips, and an interactive 3D tour of the solar system.
NASA: Solar System Exploration
Facts, figures, and information about the planets in our solar system. A Kids section features information prepared especially for students!
Planetary Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page
Downloadable photos of the planets and links to special sections about Earth and our solar system.
Planetary Science Websites from the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Links to Web sites and information about NASA and planetary science.
Solar System from the Adler Planetarium
Interesting facts about the planets of the solar system, "dwarf planets," magnetic fields, planetary formation, and more.
The Space Place: Images for the Classroom
Click a small picture to open a larger picture of the planets and space.
StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
This introduction to the solar system, our universe, and other "space stuff" is created especially for kids. Level 1 is for elementary school students; Level 2 is for middle school students. Both levels include a search engine, glossary, and links to "other good places" on the Web.
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Space Exploration

Exploring the Planets from the National Air and Space Museum
The history and achievements of planetary explorations from Earth and by spacecraft.
NASA Kids Club
Especially for kids ages 5 to 14, this website is fun way for kids to learn about space, NASA activities, and science using interactive tools and kid-friendly pages.
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Volcanoes

Significant Volcanic Eruption Database from the National Geophysical Data Center
A global listing of over 400 significant eruptions which includes information on the latitude, longitude, elevation, type of volcano, and last known eruption.
Volcano World from Oregon State University
Find all kinds of information about volcanoes including current eruptions and volcano history. The site also includes a search engine and tables of volcanoes by name and country.
Volcanoes of the World from the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program
This website is filled with information about volcanoes including information about volcanic activity around the world and links to other volcano websites.
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