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Science 10 - Radioactivity

Science 10 - Radioactivity Discussion Paper

ASSIGNMENT:  Refer to your teacher's assignment sheet for details and the marking guide. 
 
Step 1: THE REFERENCE COLLECTION 
GENERAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS such as:
  •  World Book  or World Book Online
A general encyclopedia covers historical topics very well and gives a general overview of your topic. Reading through some general information may also help you narrow in your subject of research.
 
SPECIALIZED SCIENCE REFERENCES include:
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Science [REF 505 GAL]
  • The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology [REF 503 MACG]
  • How it Works : the illustrated encyclopedia of science and technology [REF 603 HOW]
 Search Topics may include:  Radioactivity / Radiation / Nuclear Power

 
 Step 2: Use VSB LIBRARY (the online catalogue) to locate materials in our school library.
  • Choose "Subject Keyword" search.
            GENERAL SUBJECT TERMS may be:  
                      Radioactivity
                      Radiation
                      Nuclear Power
                      Atomic Energy
 
            SPECIFIC SUBJECT TERMS will be determined as you narrow down your subject.
            
Example:  If you choose a topic related to the uses of Radioactivity in Medicine, then you may want to search for information on X-rays, or Radiology.
 Always choose a general subject heading and then narrow down your topic.       
                                 
Remember to write down the complete call number (# and letters) to locate items on the shelf.
Step 3: "DATABASE" resources found through the VSB LIBRARY link.
  • Student Research Centre  
    Tip: Remember to put a check mark in the FULL TEXT box. 
  • World Book Encyclopedia On-Line
Step 4: Search the VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY collection.

With an active public library card you not only have access to borrowing materials from their collection, but you also have access to a 
number of databases.
      
Search the VPL catalogue as you would search on VSB LIBRARY.
Remember to use the "subject keyword" search option.
 To access collection of Databases:
  • select "Articles, Encyclopedias and More"  from the ONLINE RESOURCES menu
  • Browse through the list for Sciences
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Step 5: WEBSITES TO EXPLORE

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