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Definition and resources for supporting growth of scientific literacy
Defining Scientific Literacy
Basically, science literacy means you have a general ability to find and use information to understand science within a larger context. You are also able to analyze current controversial scientific issues that you see and hear about in the news.
Because scientific literacy does not assume an in-depth knowledge of the scientific concepts or ideas being researched, the best resources will include websites, magazines, and newspapers that popularize scientific information for the general public. You will find below some of the best resources (both academic and general) that offer coverage of science topics for general audiences.
Scholarly database covering many areas of study, including those in the sciences, humanities, and multicultural areas. You can access a variety of formats, from academic journal articles to information from the web, newswires, Associated Press video, and magazines, giving you a broad scope of both academic information and popular opinion resources.
Covers the controversial social issues of the present day, this resource offers informed, differing views on issues so you can gain a wider perspective of the topic and draw your own conclusions. Covers a wide array of hot-button topics in areas from environmentalism to e-cigarretts; from climate change to conspiracy theories.
Access news, editorials, letters to the editor, and advertisements from the mid-1800's to the early 2000's. Gain historical context on an issue to see see how coverage and opinions change over time and the culture of that day was reflected in the news.
Provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, this database shows how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.
A science news website that covers the fields of physical, biological, earth, and applied sciences. Each article links bak to the original scientific research report, as well as to further reading.
This resource offers authoritative science news on important issues of the day, in jargon-free language that we can all understand.