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Core Concepts: Biology

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Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, Core Concepts: Biology is a content-driven, visually stimulating, and media-rich online science resource. If you do not find the answer to your question in our extensive help section, please contact us for further assistance.



System Requirements



The following browsers are compatible with Core Concepts: Biology:

Internet Explorer 8 and higher (Internet Explorer 9 or higher is recommended)

Safari 4 and higher

Firefox 3 and higher

Chrome 8 and higher

Core Concepts: Biology is iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and netbook compatible.


Text to Speech

Core Concepts: Biology includes text-to-speech by ReadSpeaker. ReadSpeaker works within all supported browsers.

Foreign Language Read-Aloud and Text Translation

The foreign language read-aloud feature allows users to translate article text and then listen in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Citations with NoodleTools

The NoodleTools citation generator allows users to quickly and easily create article citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats. To access the citation generator, click the Cite button on the left navigation bar.

Enhanced Text Visibility

To turn on enhanced text visibility in an article, click the “Listen” button at the top right of each article section.

Closed Captioned Video

Click the “CC” button in the bottom right corner of the video window to view closed captions for the video. Click the “View Transcript” button below the video window to view a transcript of the video, and click the “Hide Transcript” button to collapse the transcript.

Accessing the Site

Core Concepts: Biology is a subscription-based Web site. You can log on to the site in four ways: via username and password, referring URL, IP authentication, and and Google Single Sign-On.

If you have trouble accessing the site, please contact the person inside your school, library, or institution in charge of database access. If you need further help, please contact us. When contacting us, please have ready your account information, including the name of the institution or individual on the account.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Institutions configure Google Single Sign-On (SSO) to make it fast and easy for users to access multiple products. Interested customers should contact Customer Care to implement Single Sign-On with Core Concepts: Biology. If your institution uses SSO, and has configured this site to work with it, users can simply click the “Instant Login” button and sign in with their Google SSO credentials. Rosen Publishing does not sell any data from Google Single Sign-On or use it for marketing purposes.

Save to Google Drive

Users can save PDF articles to their Google Drive to read and share later. Click the Save button in the top right of an article and save it to your Google Drive.

Editorial Philosophy

Compelling, authoritative science content from Rosen Publishing—a gold standard in nonfiction resources for over fifty years—is available online in Core Concepts: Biology.

All content in Core Concepts: Biology is presented in an accessible, interactive manner that makes biology real, relevant, and engaging. Authoritative, user-friendly articles make complex topics understandable. Supporting STEM learning initiatives and promoting digital literacy and contemporary and traditional research skills, Core Concepts: Biology is an invaluable tool for 21st-century learners.

Core Concepts: Biology provides comprehensive curricular support. Correlated to Common Core state standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics; state and provincial standards for science, language arts, and mathematics; and Next Generation Science Standards and other national science standards, Core Concepts: Biology is a rich, reliable source for science research and learning. Content is sourced from a talented range of science experts, educators, and authors. Dynamic videos and interactive tools partner with informative text to offer learners science content that is both required and inspired. Core Concepts: Biology covers the subjects that are high-stakes and high-interest for today’s students and tomorrow’s scientists.

Core Concepts: Biology draws on Rosen's extensive and growing list of new and backlist books from its most trusted and respected series. Through a rigorous editorial process, all content is thoroughly revised and updated for online use. Content is written by professional writers, experienced in communicating to a student audience and with expertise in a range of science subjects.

Core Concepts: Biology does not accept advertising.

Resources for Teachers and Librarians

Core Concepts: Biology offers an extensive array of resources to help librarians and educators most effectively use this online resource. From curriculum correlations and promotional materials, to lesson plans and printable research sheets for your students, you will find all the tools you need to support both your colleagues and your users here. Click any link on the left navigation of the Resources for Teachers and Librarians page to explore the many resources available to librarians and educators.


You can also access your usage statistics; download Web widgets and buttons; and subscribe to the free, bimonthly Core Concepts: Biology customer newsletter.


At Core Concepts: Biology, we are committed to ensuring that our products are accessible to all users, including persons with disabilities.

Core Concepts: Biology meets all level-one guidelines of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. It is also designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase.


If you have trouble accessing or reading any part of this site, please contact us.


External Links and Resources

All recommended Web sites and organizations are annotated and reviewed by Rosen Digital’s team of editors, professionals experienced in creating content for students.

However, since Web content is constantly changing, the Rosen Publishing Group recommends that young users check with their parents or teachers before visiting any linked Web sites.

Recommended nonfiction books are based on careful assessment of the quality, accuracy, and currency of available age-appropriate titles, as well as suggestions from teachers and librarians.



The Core Concepts: Biology homepage features engaging, interactive content that is updated on an ongoing basis. To reach the homepage from anywhere in the site, simply click the Core Concepts: Biology logo on the upper left of any page.

The homepage's Core Idea section highlights interesting and important concepts in biology, with the goal of drawing users into the resource and encouraging scientific inquiry and curiosity. The homepage also features dynamic, high-interest video and images to help learners connect biology to everyday life. Clicking the “Read More” link will take users to a featured article.

Explore, Create, Learn

The Explore, Create, Learn page is a gateway to interactive activities, hands-on learning tools, and study aids for students. To access it, click the Explore, Create, Learn badge on the homepage or in the left navigation bar of any article. It includes links to the following resources:

  • Four interactive activities that guide students through the creation of unique user-generated content, including multimedia presentations, podcasts, social media projects, and videos.

  • A video gallery that collects and categorizes video content from across Core Concepts: Biology.

  • Digital flashcards available through Quizlet. These study aids can be used within any browser on a laptop, PC, or mobile device. Cards can also be experienced with Quizlet's iOS appQuizlet's Android app, or a variety of free third-party flashcard apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Learn more at the Quizlet Help Center.

  • Plan-It Earth: Cause & Effect is an interactive activity that encourages students to explore the connections between important concepts in biology, from cells and life cycles to evolution and ecology. 

  • Interactive timelines that place scientific achievements in context. Timelines are enhanced with rich video and images.

  • Science experiments from award-winning teacher and author Janice VanCleave. Perfect for home or classroom use, these image-rich experiments encourage students to think like scientists. 

  • A collection of Try This! activities that are interspersed throughout Core Concepts: Biology articles. These hands-on activities and experiments bring complex concepts to life for active learners.


Navigation and Search


Core Concepts: Biology allows users to find articles by navigating the interactive homepage or by visual browse, text search, and media search.

Visual Browse

Visual browse is accessed directly on the homepage. To begin, click on any of the categories in green or blue boxes along the top of the homepage.

Clicking on a category will display a description of that category's content. Articles are shown in a column below. Articles are displayed with a thumbnail image, a title, and a brief description. Clicking on an article title will take the user to the first section of that article.




You can search for an article from any page using the search box in the top right corner. Simply type in your search term(s) and hit enter or click on the magnifying glass. This will produce two types of search results: Text search and media search. Text search results will appear on the left side of the page. Media search results (images and video files) will appear on the right side of the page.


If your search does not return any results, the site will try to suggest other search terms that will return better results for you. Your results page will display “Did you mean” with up to three choices of alternate searches. Click any of those terms to start a new search with the term. You can also click the link to browse subjects by the A-Z browse.


Text Search Results


Text search results appear on the left side of the page in a numeric list. The search term is highlighted in the search results. Users will view the title of an article, as well as content from the article that corresponds to the search term. Clicking on a title will take the user to the article section that contains the search term.


If no results are found, the site will suggest a possible alternative or direct the user to the A-Z browse.


Media Search Results


Media search results appear on the right side of the page. Users will view an image or video file that corresponds to the search term. Clicking on the item will take the user to the article section where the image or video file appears.



All articles are laid out in the same format to allow for easy reading and navigation. The left side of each page features buttons that allow you to print or email the article. The Cite button lets you generate citations using NoodleTools. You can also view the article citation in MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), or Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) format.

The article table of contents appears below these buttons. Click on any section in the table of contents to navigate to that section. You can also click on the article links in the Investigate section to read about topics related to the current article.

Each article contains Resources and For Further Reading sections with Web sites and recommended reading annotated and reviewed by Rosen editors.

In the top right corner of each article are three helpful tools:

1. The Select Language drop-down menu allows you to instantly translate article text into over 100 languages.

2. The Share tool allows you to save and share articles with family and friends via Facebook or other services. With this feature, full articles can be viewed with no login required.

3. The Save button allows you to save the article to Google Drive.

Disclaimer: Core Concepts: Biology offers a machine translation of selected content. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Rosen Publishing makes no representations or warranties with respect to these translations.

At the bottom of each section, you can find the article citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago Manual of Style format.



All articles contain visual elements, including featured videos and images. To view an image in a larger format, click the “View Larger Image” link. A new window will open with a larger version of the image. This is especially useful for viewing images that contain labels. From this window, you can print the larger version of the image.




Core Concepts: Biology contains dozens of high-interest videos that bring the content to life and support visual learners. All videos are designed to work with Flash or HTML5 compatible browsers using the H264 codec.


To play a video, click on it or select the play icon from the video controls displayed along the bottom of the video. In Flash, a video player known as JW Player is used. The video controls include play/pause, location control, time stamp, volume, and full screen mode. For HTML5, the player’s video controls are determined by the browser and the operating system. Please see the player documentation for each device.




Core Concepts: Biology is proud to offer text-to-speech by ReadSpeaker. Text-to-speech helps newer, challenged, or ESL readers by allowing them to listen to the text as it is read aloud.


Text-to-speech can be activated in two ways. First, by clicking the Listen button at the top of an article section. This will open a window that displays the play controls, settings, and a “No Sound” link in case the audio does not play. Text-to-speech is also activated by selecting text in an article and clicking the pop-up button.


When you click the Settings link, you can choose whether you want the text highlighting option to be on a word per word and/or sentence basis, or if you don’t want any highlighting. You can also adapt the speed of the reading and select a male or female voice. The “No Sound” link can be used if your system requirements do not allow for text highlighting to work and will download an mp3 file of the audio for that article section.


The foreign language read-aloud feature allows users to translate article text and then listen in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.



In all articles, the Print button in the left navigation bar will open a new window that allows you to either print the current section of the article you are viewing or to print the entire article. Images and the article citation will be printed.

You can also print the current section by going to your browser’s File menu and selecting the Print option. If you have difficulty printing, please check your printer setup.


Click the Email button in the left navigation bar to email an article to yourself or someone else. When you click this button, a new window containing a form will open. You must enter your name, your email address, and the recipient’s email address. If you wish to send the article to yourself, put your own email address in the field for the recipient’s email address.

You may also enter an optional greeting/message to the recipient and attach images from the article to your email if you wish. The article citation will also be included in the email in MLA (Modern Language Association) format, APA (American Psychological Association) format, or Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) format.

Email messages, in rare cases, may take up to an hour to be received after they are sent. If you have trouble receiving email sent from the site, please check your email junk mailbox or filter, or check the spelling of the email address to which you are sending.


Click the Cite button on the left navigation bar to use the NoodleTools citation generator. You can also see the article citation in MLA (Modern Language Association) format, APA (American Psychological Association) format, or Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) format.


Each article has a glossary that features key terms found in that article. To view the glossary for any article, click the Glossary link that appears in that article’s table of contents in the left navigation bar. To view key terms within an article, place your cursor on the bold text.


The article glossaries have been custom-created by Rosen editors to be age-appropriate and relevant to science content for students.

Usage Statistics

You can view your account information and usage statistics from throughout the site. First, log into the site as a subscriber. Then click the link to Resources for Teachers/Librarians in the left navigation bar. From the Resources for Teachers/Librarians page, click the link to Usage Statistics in the left navigation bar. Then simply log in with your administrative username and password to access your account information and usage statistics.

Contact Us

If you need further site help, you can contact the Core Concepts: Biology support team in several ways.

Contact us via email.

Contact us toll-free by phone at (877) 381-6649.

Contact us by mail at:
Core Concepts: Biology
Rosen Publishing
29 East 21 Street
New York, NY 10010