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The Dept. of Agriculture's free online database for books or journal articles on agriculture, forestry, wildlife, etc.

Provides access to high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today's most pressing topics. Includes a broad selection full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals and bulletins published by American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) member societies and other closely related organizations.

BioMed Central
BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All research articles in BioMed Central's journals receive rapid and thorough peer review.

BIOSIS Previews
BIOSIS Previews® encompasses the entire field of life sciences and provides comprehensive coverage of the world's published biological and biomedical research. Access to this database is being provided by funding from the BRIN grant (via USD).

Chemistry Central Journal
Chemistry Central Journal publishes peer-reviewed open access articles in all areas of chemistry. Open access means: high visibility for articles through free and permanent unrestricted online access thus increasing readership and potential citations.

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete (EBSCOHost)(searching tips)
Covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. Access to this database is being provided by funding from the BRIN grant (via USD).

Directory of Open Access Journals
Free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Broad subject coverage with more than 4,000 titles in the directory.

E-print Network: Research Communications for Scientists and Engineers
A vast, integrated network of electronic scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields.

General Science Collection (Gale)
A collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology.

Greenfile (EBSCOHost) (searching tips)
Collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information.

OSTI (Office of Scientific & Technical Information [DOE])
Department of Energy site that provides access to energy, science, and technology research and development information. Links to Information Bridge (full-text DOE research reports), Energy Citations, and E-print Network (e-prints of papers in advance of publication).

Public Library of Science
Consists of seven peer-reviewed open-access journals.

Science Reference Center (EBSCOHost) (searching tips)
This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web for locating scholarly, technical and medical data on the Web, including the latest reports and peer-reviewed articles and journals. .

Citations are available for all journals published by Elsevier. Full-text of over 200 titles subscribed to by USD are available as well. This resource is provided to us by funding from the BRIN grant (via USD).

Wiley InterScience
Features over 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, and Current Protocols laboratory manuals published by Wiley. Full-text is available for 1,500+ journal titles that are paid for primarily by funding from the BRIN grant (via USD).


EBSCO MegaFILE (EBSCOHost)(searching tips)
EBSCO MegaFILE is a multi-disciplinary database spanning every area of academic study. It is comprised of EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases.

ProQuest (searching tips)
ProQuest includes general interest and scholarly articles in a variety of areas including the sciences.

Reference Books

AccessScience Video Tutorial
The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology online.

Alternative Energy -- 2007
Introduces students to issues surrounding both current energy sources and alternative energy options.

Building Blocks of Matter: A Supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics -- 2003
This supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics presents recent data on particle physics.

Chemical Compounds -- 2006
Offers information on the ways in which different chemical elements combine to form commonly-used chemical compounds. Defines what a chemical compound actually is and the difference between organic and inorganic compounds, as well as providing definitions of acids, bases, salts, oxides, and coordination compounds.

Chemistry: Foundations and Applications -- 2004
Provides a broad approach to chemistry, its laws, processes, applications and subdisciplines, and its many branches, including inorganic, industrial, atmospheric and computational chemistry as well as biotechnology, including biographies of scientists past and present.

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society -- 2007
Provides issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature.

Encyclopedia of Life
EOL brings together trusted information from resources across the world such as museums, learned societies, expert scientists, and others into one massive database and a single, easy-to-use online portal.

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics -- 2005
Considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science -- 2004
Designed for high-school students and lay adults, this collection of entries covers major areas of science.

Pollution A to Z -- 2004
Provides information on a variety of pollution issues, including sources of pollution; disposal; remediation; and the ethical, social and legal environment, as well as topics such as acid rain, cancer, noise pollution and zero growth population.

UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features -- 2004
Focuses on the physical and geological aspects, structure, and features of 48 of the earth's landforms - what they are, how they look, how they were created, how they change over time, and major geological events associated with them.

UXL Encyclopedia of Water Science -- 2005
Explores water science and issues from an international perspective. Topics covered include lakes and streams, oceans, aquatic animals, weather and climate, glaciers, wetlands, ecology, hydropower, commercial fishing, acid rain, recreation, pollution, economics, water conservation, international water law, global warming and much more.

World of Forensic Science -- 2005
A convenient, comprehensive guide to the scientific processes and the legal, social and ethical issues involved in the forensic sciences.


  • Films On Demand (Select "Earth Science" or "Environmental Science" or "Physical Science" under Subjects)
  • Death of a Star (2006) -- DVD 241
  • Potent Biology: Stem Cells, Cloning, and Regeneration (2007) -- DVD 368

Online Resources
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Online Publications



  • Google Sky -- This tool provides various ways to browse and explore the universe.
  • HubbleSite -- Information about and images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • NASA Earth Observatory -- The Earth Observatory's mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
  • Portal to the Universe -- "One-stop-shop" for astronomy news from the United Nations Eduational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Biological Images



  • ChemIDplus -- Dictionary of over 370,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures).
  • Chemistry Video Courses on Academic Earth
  • ChemPRIME -- ChemPRIME (Chemical Principles through Integrated Multiple Exemplars) is designed so that chemistry concepts can be presented in an order that reflects the conceptual structure of the discipline.
  • ChemTube3D - Interactive 3D Organic Reaction Mechanisms -- Contains interactive 3D animations for some of the most important organic reactions covered during an undergraduate chemistry degree.
  • Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark DataBase -- Experimental and computational thermochemical data for a selected set of 788 gas-phase atoms and molecules.
  • Elemental Data Index -- Provides access to the holdings of NIST Physics Laboratory online data organized by element. It is intended to simplify the process of retrieving online scientific data for a specific element.
  • Indiana Cheminformatics Education Portal (ICEP) -- includes free introductory learning materials, videos, and news, social media, and latest journal articles relating to cheminformatics.
  • The Information Retrieval in Chemistry -- Provides easy access to hundreds of links related to chemistry including university, commercial, and governmental sites.
  • Laboratory Techniques Videos: University of Alberta -- Collection of videos intended to demonstrate lab techniques for introductory organic chemistry courses.
  • Models 360 -- Models 360 enables users to investigate a collection of 3-D interactive models of organic and inorganic compounds, including extended-structure solids.
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook -- The Chemistry WebBook is part of the NIST Data Gateway. Data is searchable by name, chemical formula, CAS Registry Number, molecular weight, ionization energy, and proton affinity.
  • Periodic Table Live! -- Periodic Table Live! allows you to explore a broad range of information about the elements, their reactions, their properties, their structures, and their histories.
  • Proteopedia -- a free, collaborative 3D encyclopedia of proteins & other molecules.
  • VIPEr: Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource -- A repository of inorganic chemistry teaching materials and a user-friendly platform for social networking tools that facilitate virtual collaboration and community building.
  • WebElements -- the periodic table on the WWW.
  • The World of Chemistry -- a video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books.

Earth Science

  • Climate Ark -- an Internet portal designed to help users locate scientific and policy-related information on climate change.
  • Climate Monitoring -- the world's largest archive of climate data" from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
  • Earth Revealed -- A video instructional series on geology for college and high school classrooms
  • Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)-- The Institute is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. It is part of the University of Cambridge and is a sub-department of the Department of Geography.
  • U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library -- Offers access to photographs taken during geologic studies of the U.S.

Ecology & Environment





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