Objective: Supporting student learning in the Sciences Department.

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Our discovery layer can help you find a wide a wide-variety of scholarly, trade and popular press materials from many of our research databases.


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Science Research Basics

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


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.
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.



Research Sources

PubChem [US Gov]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.

Reference Sources

Search these for background information

Chemistry from FilmsOnDemand.

Ted Talks: Chemistry.

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

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.

Chemistry Examples from Wolfram|Alpha.

Periodic Table – Royal Society of Chemistry
Allows you to explore a broad range of information about the elements, their reactions, their properties, their structures, and their histories.

Open Textbooks


OpenStax Chemistry

Atoms First: Chemistry Textbook (2e) (from Openstax & UConn)
This text introduces atomic and molecular structure early and threads these themes through subsequent chapters

Chemistry LibreTexts: Interactive chemistry textbooks from U.C. Davis.


News & Blogs


Reference Sources

Browse @ theLibrary

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Films on Demand – Biology

Biology eBook Collection

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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.

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


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! – 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.


decorative. EOE logoThe 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.

Reference Resources

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

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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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

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



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

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

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

Online Research Resources

Forest History Society LogoForest History Society
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.

Open Parks logoOpen Parks Network
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.


Penguin Dictionary of Physics (Credo Reference)

Encyclopedia of Energy (Salem Press)

Video Series

The Electric Academy

Sometimes electrical theory can come across as confusing. The videos you find here will be simple and to the point.

The Mechanical Universe

A critically-acclaimed series of 52 thirty-minute videos covering the basic topics of an introductory university physics course. From Caltech.