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- What kind of content will I find on AccessScience?
- How does the search engine work?
- May I download images from AccessScience?
- Can I print from AccessScience?
- Which browsers does AccessScience support?
- What is My AccessScience?
- How do I subscribe to AccessScience?
- Which institutional access options does AccessScience support?
- How can I find my institution’s usage statistics and manage the details of my subscription?
- I want my users to know that their library is providing them access to AccessScience. Can I display my institution’s logo on the AccessScience homepage?
- Does AccessScience work with OpenURL link resolvers?
- Are there any LibGuide widgets available for AccessScience?
- I am a subscriber. If I have questions or problems, who should I contact?
While searching or browsing the site, you may come across the following content types:
Articles – source material from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and previous McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology, including articles exclusive to AccessScience
Briefings – topical overviews of newsworthy subjects, designed to engage and inform
Biographies – life histories of well-known scientists from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography, plus video biographies of Franklin Institute Award winners
News – timely stories from Science News with links to relevant AccessScience content
Dictionary – definitions from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Videos/Animations – engaging multimedia selections that will play on any device
Projects – DIY makerspace projects for all skill levels
The search engine operates by seeking matches with search terms from two distinct types of data pulled from the contents of AccessScience: a layer of semantic metadata associated with each article or other feature, and the exact matches of words or phrases in the text. Semantic matches are those based on the meaning of the search terms and the concepts they describe, allowing the user to find pertinent articles without having to search for all synonyms of a given search term. To supplement these semantic results, the search engine provides all articles and other types of content that contain exact matches to the search terms. Boolean search techniques, such as ‘AND’ ‘OR’ and ‘NOT’ are also supported. Search results pages on AccessScience are organized by relevancy, and can be filtered by content type and topic.
AccessScience users may download images associated with the site for personal or educational use only. Educational use refers to classroom teaching, lectures, presentations, and other instructional activities. Downloading images for commercial use is not permitted. For more information, please see our Image Usage Guidelines.
You may print any of the articles on the site by clicking the PRINT link at the top right area of the article page.
The site supports the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9, 10, and 11
- Firefox (latest version)
- Chrome (latest version)
- Opera 12
- Nexus 4 and 7
- Safari 6 (Mac OS X only)
- iOS (latest version)
My AccessScience is a personal account that you may use to manage your favorite articles, save images for downloading, and remember your searches. This feature is free to set up and use. Just click on the logo that appears in the upper right unit of every page.
To learn how to subscribe to AccessScience, please visit our Subscription Information page.
AccessScience offers a full suite of access options for institutions, including:
IP Authentication - Subscribers submit their network IP ranges to McGraw-Hill Education during subscription setup. These ranges are verified and loaded into the system. All users coming from inside the range are automatically provided seamless access from any IP-authenticated computer.
Referring URL/Domain - Subscribers can place registered links to AccessScience behind their secure log-in (for example, a library site that has already validated a student). The institution must register the domain and URLs where the links are placed with McGraw-Hill Education during subscription setup. These links will then automatically and seamlessly log the user into AccessScience every time they are clicked.
Bar Code - Subscribers can register bar codes with AccessScience.Institutions must provide the bar code prefix, length of the codes, and link to the bar code validation from a registered referring URL/domain (see previous item). The site will verify that bar codes conform with the rules and provide access to users who provide valid bar codes.
EZproxy Configuration - Remote access to AccessScience via EZproxy requires EZproxy 2.4cGA (2004-03-21) or later combined with this database definition:
T AccessScienceU http://accessscience.comHJ https://accessscience.comDJ accessscience.comHJ accessscience.com
Athens Authentication - If you have an Athens Organization ID that you would like to register, please email us at email@example.com.
Username/Password - The welcome email you received at the beginning of your subscription contained the username and password you can use to access the site remotely. If you are unable to locate this email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request your AccessScience username and password.
The Subscriber Services Portal provides access to important tools to help administrators manage their institution’s AccessScience subscription. Using your administrative log-in credentials, you can easily log into the Portal to view usage statistics*, update your contact information, review your access mechanisms, and upload your institution’s logo so that it will appear on your AccessScience homepage. If you misplaced your administrative log-in credentials, please email email@example.com. See also the Administrative Resource Center for more subscription support materials, including training webinar registration information.
*Please note: the Portal provides usage statistics from November 26, 2013 forward. If you are seeking statistics prior to that date, please email your specific request to User Services
I want my users to know that their library is providing them access to AccessScience. Can I display my institution’s logo on the AccessScience homepage?
Yes! Simply log into the Subscriber Services Portal with your administrative log-in credentials and go to the Account Preferences section. Click on the "Other" tab and you will find instructions for displaying your logo and optional hyperlink. If you misplaced your administrative log-in credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For best results, we recommend that your logo image size not exceed 110 x 110 pixels.
It sure does. Some reference citations within AccessScience articles contain stable links called Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). Normally, these DOIs link to abstracts in journal publishers’ databases. However, if a subscribing institution has registered an OpenURL link resolver base URL with AccessScience, their users will see full-text links to subscribed collections. The institution's OpenURL resolver will find any version of the specified article in archive databases, aggregators, or other active services. Users can then go directly to a full-text version of the cited reference.
If you wish to set up an OpenURL link resolver, please email email@example.com. Specify that your email pertains to setting up OpenURL link resolvers for your institution's AccessScience account and provide your institution's base URL (normally in a format similar to "http://openurl.institution.edu/resolve"). We will confirm when setup is complete.
AccessScience has a search widget designed to be popped directly into your LibGuide. Simply copy the applicable HTML code from this page and paste it into your LibGuide.
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