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Science

Recommended Websites for Science

Chemistry

ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 58 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

PubChem database of chemical molecules and their activities against biological assays.

 

Physics

CERN the European organisation for nuclear research

Open Source Physics provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modelling.

 

Maths and Computing

Irish Computer Society

Mathcentre website offering free mathematic resources and support.

 

Natural Sciences

Biology.ie Ireland’s premier biodiversity awareness portal.

Encyclopaedia of Life is a free, online collaborative encyclopaedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science.

National Centre for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.

Evaluating Websites Video

Tips for Evaluating Websites

How do you know if information you find on the Internet is reliable?

Take a minute to ask yourself the following questions.

Accuracy

• Is the information reliable and error-free?
• Is there an editor or someone who checks the information?

Authority

• What are the author’s qualifications for writing on this subject?

Coverage

• What are the topics included in the work?

Currency

• Is the content of the work up-to-date?
• Is the publication date clearly labelled?
• Broken links are one measure of an out-of-date page

Objectivity

• Is the information presented with a minimum of bias?
• To what extent is the information trying to sway the opinion of the audience?

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