Resources for Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences

Most programs at Scott Community College include some sort of science requirement – generally in earth or life sciences. That’s why we’ve stocked our collection with materials related to these subjects. Whether you’re a science junkie or haven’t thought about the periodic table in 20 years, we’ve got what you covered. Just remember to breathe and repeat your mantra: “The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.”

Traditional Media

To check out any of our available media, all you need is a library card from ANY RiverShare library (such as Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Don’t have a library card? No problem. We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

Our selection of science books is far too massive to list here, even if we just stuck to the materials available in-house. That is, if we only counted what we have on our shelves at Belmont and not everything available in our catalog, which we share with other libraries in our consortium, which is called RiverShare.

We did make up a partial list of our science books, however. This list is available for download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet and includes such titles as Peter Daempfle’s Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference and Nathan Spielberg’s Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe.


Generally, the scientific periodicals we keep in the Belmont library are geared more toward health sciences, though you will find National Geographic and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review. For more general science magazines, scroll down to the section of this post that covers Electronic Resources.


A significant percentage of our DVD collection is devoted to science, particularly environmental and life sciences. You can download a partial list of our available DVDs as a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet. Don’t see what you’re looking for? You may find the title in our catalog.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with its subsection titled “Science Skills Review.” Spend just 20 minutes each day using their eBooks and practice sets in chemistry and biology.

It takes less than a minute to register. In addition to the College Center, registration also gives you access to The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. View our post about Learning Express Library to find out more.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

Science scienceonline

A peer-reviewed magazine from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this digital magazine is one of six that the society publishes. These publications focus on recent innovations and advances, medicine, technology, robotics, and more. Read about exciting new studies and opportunities in all scientific fields.

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO is one of our favorite electronic resources, and its mobile app includes hundreds of eBooks devoted to the sciences. eBooks are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch! Learn more about EBSCO in the section about its databases (below) or go ahead and check out our post about how to use the databases.

RiverShare eBooks, eBooks and Audio eicc-college-libraries

These eBooks and audiobooks are available to anyone holding a RiverShare library card. We love audiobooks because it’s the best way to “read” on your commute. With over 100 science books to choose from, you won’t mind being trapped in a seat between a whiney kid and a guy playing his favorite Mariah Carey album at full blast.

Research Databases

Scientists have to do research. Like, A LOT of research. How will you know if you’re the first person to perform an experiment if you don’t look into it first? The great thing about our databases is that you can opt to search only for academic and peer-reviewed resources, so you know you’re getting the best information available without having to wade through a bunch of material you can’t use.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

We’ve already mentioned EBSCO Mobile, where you can find hundreds of eBooks on chemistry, biology, and related sciences. The EBSCO research databases are chock full of peer-reviewed journals that you won’t find on Google. We’ve adjusted the settings so your search automatically returns full-text articles. If you can’t find the material you need, uncheck the box for Full Text. Some of the partial articles you find may be available through interlibrary loan (ask the library staff for more information if you are unfamiliar with ILL).

To learn more about how to use EBSCO, view our previous post on the topic.

Academic OneFile academiconefile

It’s easy to browse articles within the umbrella topics of biology and chemistry, etc. They’re the very first subjects listed under “Browse by Discipline”. Like with the EBSCO databases, searches in Academic OneFile default to results with full-text articles available. If you can’t find information on your topic, try unchecking the “Full Text” option. Articles that aren’t available in full text may be available through ILL.

To learn how to use Academic OneFile, check out this post.

CQResearcher cq-research-logo

This database is full of original, in-depth articles, typically on controversial topics. Topic sections will often include a pro-con face-off. For example, scientists argue quite a bit over the range of damage caused by climate change, using studies conducted on various living organisms as evidence to support their conclusions. These pro-con arguments are a good opportunity to practice critical thinking and evidence-based argument. Fact lists and extended bibliography may also be part of a topic section. Start your exploration of CQResearcher here.

Films On Demand filmsondemand

“When I was in ninth grade, I asked my science teacher how an atom bomb worked,” says Melanie, our evening library staff person. “He couldn’t explain it to me to my satisfaction. I remained confused until I was in college, when I finally saw the old Disney documentary titled, ‘Our Friend the Atom.’ Their demonstration of the mouse trap experiment answered all of my questions. Imagine that: I’d wondered about this for years, only to discover there was a visual aid that could explain it to me in 15 seconds.”

Science is full of demonstrations similar to the mouse trap experiment – illustrations of concepts that seem endlessly complicated on paper, but when viewed in a real-world scenario, aren’t that difficult to grasp. For cases like this, Films On Demand is a great database, with videos ranging from feature-length to 2-minute clips. Click here to learn more.


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