Objective: Supporting student learning in the Sciences Department.
Be alert to the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science when either reading science articles or evaluating research.
Multidisciplinary Research Sources
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.
OpenChem: Lecture videos and more for U.C. Irvine.
Core Reference Materials
Hawley’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.
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
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.
A search engine and directory of U.S. government websites covering chemistry topics.
Contains animations, an introduction to chemistry, modules on important topics in chemistry, demonstrations of laboratory techniques, NMR spectral data and problems, etc.
Education in Chemistry Magazine
A magazine covering all areas of chemistry education, concentrating on the teaching of chemistry in secondary schools and universities.
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
Watch & Learn
Browse @ the LibraryQH 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)
Search the entire Biology eBook Collection from Credo, or go directly to these recommended titles:
- “Collins Dictionary of Biology”
- “Dictionary of Microbiology & Molecular Biology”
- “Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology”
National Academies Press: Biology & Life-Sciences eBooks
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.”
The Whole Frog Project – virtual frog dissection, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
BugGuide.net – Hosted by Iowa State U., Bug Guide has insect identification tools as well as a discussion forum for enthusiasts.
Enature.com – Using the same info behind the printed Audubon Field Guides, this free site (ad-supported) provides basic information on over 5,500 species of North American plants and animals.
Washington State Biology Resources
- Plants and Lichens of Washington
- Reptiles of Washington
- Amphibians of Washington
- Mammals of Washington
- Washington Flora Checklist
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.
- Earth Materials & Resources
- Earth’s Surface & History
- Earth’s Weather, Water, and Atmosphere
- Physics & Chemistry of the Earth
Earth Sciences eBooks from the National Academies Press.
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.
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.
From Oregon State University – this informative and comprehensive site is an excellent resource on this topic.
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.
- Astropedia Textbook: an introduction to the nature of the universe. Use it to research or review our solar system, stars, galaxies, and the history of the universe.
- Encyclopedia of Energy (Salem Press)
- Credo Astronomy eBook Collection
- Penguin Dictionary of Physics
- Space and Aeronautics eBooks Full-text from the National Academies Press.
The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management, Blackwell Science (via Credo Reference)
Blackwell’s Concise Encyclopedia of Ecology (via EBSCO eBooks)
Abstracts & Citations
Online Research Resources
Forest 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 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.