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Scitable

Collaborative Science Learning Resource


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Published 06/15/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
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What can you use the app for?

Scitable has provided a platform for scientists, researches, educators, students, and experts to collaborate and create a vast online library. Each can contribute as well as seek out information related to genetics, evolution and living organisms. Users can work with groups or check out the newest popular topic in the world of science. A quick search feature makes it easy to find specific information, while the featured topics allow users to browse at their leisure for subjects they find personally intriguing.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Scitable falls under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group, an international publishing company. National Publishing Group has produced a number of scientific journals and is currently a division of Macmillian Publishers, Ltd. NPG’s main publication, Nature, was first published in 1986. The roots of Scitable begin with an extensive knowledge collected through the well-seasoned Nature Publishing Group.

What are the differences to other apps?

Scitable offers a unique focus on all things related to genetics. Users can find accurate, detailed information on a wide range of topics as provided by knowledgeable sources. The information provided covers the evolution of living creatures, in depth studies of the process of evolution as well as all other topics related to genetics. Such a large amount of information collected in a single resource is a very rare find. The accuracy and validity of the research and information included in the Scitable library makes it an excellent website for students and teachers.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

There is no mistaking the purpose or mission of Scitable when taking a look at the website. Visitors are greeted with detailed images of living organisms and other science-related subjects. The professional layout makes it easy to sort through the details and find relevant topics, or simply seek out a subject that is personally fascinating to the user. New visitors can learn more about Scitable features and capabilities by reviewing the “inside Scitable” menu presented on the homepage. Scrolling featured articles and media are listed just below and give curious visitors a starting point in their journey for knowledge.

How does the registration process work?

To join the Scitable community, a new user can click the red “Register” link just beside the search bar at the top of the homepage. The user is asked for a first and last name, email address, username, password and location. Scitable also asks for information about how the visitor found the site and what their affiliation or status is using a list of check boxes. After completing registration, users are asked for email verification before accessing the site’s features.

What does it cost to use the application?

At this time, no premium account option is offered through Scitable. All access is free and includes all available features, media and articles. A new user only has to supply a few personal details and perform email verification and they are granted access to the extensive Scitable knowledge database. The cost effective price makes Scitable an ideal choice for college and high school students as well as educators looking for new ways to teach their pupils.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Visitors with an interest in genetics and science in general can find themselves captivated by the resources found on the Scitable website. The free account creation makes return visits even more appealing. The casual learner can seek out more information, in full detail, about genetics-related subjects and evolution. Teachers can also benefit greatly by providing students with a new resource that is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The information is presented in a way that is easy to understand, so both college and high school students will have no problem navigating the site and seeking out information.

  • Communicate with other Scitable members through this scientific online community
  • Present user content and ideas to the community to further the available information
  • Utilize a user locker which allows favorite people and articles to be stored on the profile for reference later
  • The ability to create study groups with other users
  • Easy searching through a vast collection of information


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