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The Spacetime Emporium Frequently Asked Questions

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What material will I find on the Spacetime Emporium?

The Spacetime Emporium offers links to web sites for teaching and learning about Relativity.

How do I find materials on the Spacetime Emporium?

You can search the Spacetime Emporium or browse by topic, resource type, and cost.

What is the difference between searching and browsing?

Searching allows you to find resources with specific keywords in the title, subject, and description, or to search by author name, organization, or URL. Browsing provides a broad view of materials on a given topic.

What information do I get from searches?

A Spacetime Emporium search provides a list of items that match your search criteria. This list includes, for each item, the title, the start of the description, the grade level, and the subject. Clicking on the title brings up detailed information about the item and displays the URL.

How can I organize my search results?

Search results can be arranged alphabetically by the subject, title, or grade level.

How can I participate in the Spacetime Emporium?

Registered users of the Spacetime Emporium can submit suggestions for materials to add to the database and can provide comments and join discussions about the materials.

If I submit an item, will it show up on the Spacetime Emporium?

Member submissions of items to the Spacetime Emporium are reviewed by a Spacetime Emporium editor. If accepted, more detailed information is collected about the items before posting. Acceptance depends on how well the item meets the needs of informal learners.

How can I add comments about an item on the Spacetime Emporium?

For members who are logged in, there is a link to add comments about an item on the detailed information page for the item, which is where the comments will appear.

What is the "Filing Cabinet"?

The filing cabinet is a place for the Spacetime Emporium members to store bookmarks to items on the site. These bookmarks are stored in folders on the ComPADRE site so that they can be accessed whenever the member is logged into any of the ComPADRE collections. Lists that result from searching can also be stored in the Filing Cabinet.

Do I need to join the Spacetime Emporium?

No, you may search and browse the database without joining the Spacetime Emporium.

What are the benefits of joining the Spacetime Emporium?

Members of the Spacetime Emporium have additional tools that improve their use of the site. These include the ability to set preferences that sort materials according to their needs, a filing cabinet to store resources they find useful, and the ability to recommend resources for inclusion in the database.

What is required to join the Spacetime Emporium?

To join, users must provide their name and email. Further information can be provided, if desired, to personalize the Spacetime Emporium for the user and enhance interactions with others.

Why do pages on the Spacetime Emporium change?

The Spacetime Emporium is a dynamic collection, so the information provided depends on the resources that are cataloged in the database. As the database grows, the displayed pages will change. A Filing Cabinet is provided to registered users for storage and simple recovery of information that they find important.

Is there a cost for the Spacetime Emporium?

The Spacetime Emporium is a free and open resource provided as service by the American Association of Physics Teachers and its partners. It is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Science Digital Library.

Who can I contact for further information?

Our contact form allows you to direct questions to the appropriate individuals responsible for site content or technical issues.