Objective: Supporting student learning in the Sciences Department.

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    Bad Science Document

    Be alert to the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science when either reading science articles or evaluating research.

    Multidisciplinary Research Sources

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    Public Library of Science (PLOS)
    Open Access peer-reviewed articles in many disciplines.

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    PhET Interactive Simulations
    Online physics, chemistry, earth sciences and math simulations.

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    arXiv contains full-text scholarly papers in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. From Cornell U.
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    National Academies Press contains thousands of free available eBooks to read or download.
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    World Library of Science – Featuring topic spotlights that provide entry points to many science topics as well as eBooks and videos. From UNESCO and NatureEducation.

    McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (20 vol. print Reference Q 121 .M3 2007)
    Features articles by leading scientists from all over the world, include thirty-six Nobel Laureates. This is an excellent source for information on all fields of science, from nanotechnology to fluid mechanics and everything in between.



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    Watch videos about Engineering and Chemistry from FilmsOnDemand.

    Ted Talks: Engineering and Ted Talks: Chemistry.

    OpenChem: Lecture videos and more for U.C. Irvine.


    Core Reference Materials


    Credo Reference LogoHawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary (15th ed)
    A compilation of technical data and descriptive information covering thousands of chemicals and chemical phenomena, trade name products, processes, reactions, products, and related terminology.

    World of Chemistry
    A free online, illustrated chemistry dictionary provided by Wolfram Research.

    OpenStax Chemistry

    Atoms First: Chemistry Textbook (from Openstax & UConn)



    Chemistry LibreTexts: The Dynamic Chemistry e-Textbook from U.C. Davis.

    Periodic Table Live!
    Allows you to explore a broad range of information about the elements, their reactions, their properties, their structures, and their histories.

    Chem1 Virtual Textbook: A reference text for General Chemistry

    Research Sources


    US National Institutes of Health. Search for a chemical under Compound or Substance, it will return an incredible wealth of information on the material. Results include pharmacological action/classification, safety/toxicology, literature links, physical data and lots more. Bioassay and structure searches also available.

    Free chemical structure database providing fast access to over 32 million structures, properties, and associated information. It is owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Chemistry
    A search engine and directory of U.S. government websites covering chemistry topics.

    Wired Chemist
    Contains animations, an introduction to chemistry, modules on important topics in chemistry, demonstrations of laboratory techniques, NMR spectral data and problems, etc.

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    Education in Chemistry Magazine
    A magazine covering all areas of chemistry education, concentrating on the teaching of chemistry in secondary schools and universities.

    Khan Academy: Chemistry


    Institute of Engineering Technology (IET). Large multidisciplinary institute that focuses on “Inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians. Informing the wider engineering community. Influencing government and standards to advance society”.

    News & Blogs

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    Films on Demand – Biology

    Browse @ the Library

    QH including:

    • The Facts of File Dictionary of Biology (print Reference QH 302.5 .F38 2005)
    • Encyclopedia of Evolution (print Reference QH 360.2 .E54 2002)

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    Biology eBook Collection from Credo Reference, examples include:

    Bookshelf from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. Search, read, and discover.

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    Biology & Life-Sciences eBooks from the National Academies Press.

    Recommended Resources


    Encyclopedia of Life – The beginnings of an online resource collecting information about each species in the world.

    Biodiversity Heritage Library – “The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.”


    Audubon Guide to North American Birds – a classic!

    The Whole Frog Project – virtual frog dissection, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. – Hosted by Iowa State U., Bug Guide has insect identification tools as well as a discussion forum for enthusiasts.

    Wolfram|Alpha includes a wide variety of searchable information relevant to biology. See their Life Sciences examples for possibilities.

    Washington State Biology Resources

    The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington has a vast online collection, including:

    Puget Sound Shoreline – From the Washington Dept. of Ecology, this site lists and discusses plant and animal species found in Puget Sound.

    BirdWeb – Seattle Audubon’s Guide to the Birds of Washington State

    Pacific Northwest Moths – Hosted by WWU, this is a cooperatively-created guide and key for moths in southern BC and Alberta; WA, OR, & ID; and parts of CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, and MT.

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    Films on Demand – Earth Sciences


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    Earth Sciences eBooks
    from the National Academies Press.


    Credo Reference LogoEncyclopedia of Volcanoes

    Understanding the Earth (Visual Guides Series)


    Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest
    Written by Robert S. Yeats, a leading authority on earthquakes in California and the Pacific Northwest, this online book describes the threat posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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    The scope of the Encyclopedia of Earth is the environment of the Earth broadly defined, with particular emphasis on the interaction between society and the natural spheres of the Earth. This resource is an expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholar/professionals who collaborate and review each others work.


    Volcano World
    From Oregon State University – this informative and comprehensive site is an excellent resource on this topic.



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    Peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. NASA advances the Nation’s space exploration, technology development, and scientific research endeavors, providing a scientific infrastructure.


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    OpenStax Astronomy (2016)

    Free textbook that begins with relevant scientific fundamentals and progresses through an exploration of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.




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    The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management, Blackwell Science (via Credo Reference)

    Blackwell’s Concise Encyclopedia of Ecology (via EBSCO eBooks)

    Abstracts & Citations

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    Complimentary research database draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Abstracts

    Online Research Resources

    Forest History SocietyFHS Logo
    Provides access to a variety of databases, including an extensive bibliography of works on environmental history, materials related to the history of the U.S. Forest Service, descriptions and transcripts of oral history interviews with individuals involved in forest management, and guides to environmental history archival collections around the world. It also includes an image collection of more than 30,000 low-resolution images “documenting the history of human interaction with the environment.”

    A portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research. Delivers full-text journal articles and article citations by USDA staff.

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    More than 20 national parks and other protected sites are represented in these diverse collections, as well as 2 state park systems and 3 university libraries. The Open Parks Network provides public access to high-resolution, downloadable files.

    Introduction to Environmental Science (Open Course from Georgia College) Topics covered include population ecology, human demography, air pollution, and climate change.