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Gale Virtual Reference Library - a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research including science and the environment. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
GreenFILE - offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Kid's InfoBits - K- 5 research tool with magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library
LearningExpress Library - improve math and reading skills, take practice tests for jobs, prepare for the ACT, SAT and GED, download ebooks and more. YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND SET UP YOUR TEST ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU BEGIN! USE YOUR LIBRARY CARD NUMBER AS THE USER NAME AND PICK A PASSWORD OF YOUR CHOICE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LIBRARY CARD, CONTACT ANY REFERENCE DESK FOR INSTRUCTIONS.
The NEW LearningExpress Library - To use the GED module, you must use this new platform. You must set up a new account; old accounts will not be recognized. The old platform above will be active until June 30. 2014 so you can complete tests/modules and download any resumes or cover letters you are currently working.
YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER AND SET UP YOUR TEST ACCOUNT BEFORE YOU BEGIN! USE YOUR LIBRARY CARD NUMBER AS THE USER NAME AND PICK A PASSWORD OF YOUR CHOICE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LIBRARY CARD, CONTACT ANY REFERENCE DESK FOR INSTRUCTIONS.
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
SIRS Discoverer - interactive reference tool for younger students, based on school curriculum, of full text articles, many with images, from 1,100 magazines for young readers. Resources include Non-fiction E-books, Spotlight of the Month topics, The World Almanac for Kids, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.
Anatomy of the Human Body - illustrations and explanations from Gray's Anatomy
Ask an Astronomer! - Ask your astronomy question and get a response from the graduate students and scientists at Cornell University's Astronomy Department. If you don't have a specific question in mind, browse some of the past questions and answers to increase your astronomy IQ!
Bibliomania - Short stories, books and poetry
Department of Energy Pulse - Highlights cutting-edge research in science, energy, national security, environmental quality and technologies generated by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and its national laboratories.
Earth and Sky - The site for the daily science radio series, it includes informative articles/discussions on various topics, news and discoveries in the earth sciences, astronomy, and environmental sciences. Included are sound files and a searchable archive of past programs.
Endangered Species - Find endangered species by state and county, try the Quick Searches for Quick Facts!
Gdgt - the new consumer electronics site by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block -- the guys behind Engadget and Gizmodo." Offering a weekly podcast on every new electronic gadget (and some of the old ones) this duo keeps busy following technological news so you don't have to.
General Chemistry Online! - An extremely helpful and well-reviewed site containing: Companion Notes, Chemistry Exam Survival Guide, an index of self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics, & FAQ
Hands On Science - experiments for K-12
How Stuff Works - explanations with illustrations of everything from vcr's to bread
Inventure - info and project ideas plus the National Inventors Hall Of Fame
The Journey North - wildlife migration
Khan Academy - "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere". . With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 314 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Kids Click! - Web guide and search tool for Kids
The Last Word - Provided by New Scientist magazine, this is a browsable, searchable archive of "over 300 questions on scientific phenomena, with answers provided by our readers." Be sure to completely read the answers given, as sometimes correction and clarifications are added after the original answer.
The Laws List - An impressive glossary of physics-related terms and concepts.
LiveScience.com - "If you love cool science, you've found a home. Every day we scour the world of science and zero in on the latest innovations, the coolest discoveries and hottest events. Our goal is simple: to be the most timely, reliable and useful source for cool science news for the whole family.
Living On Earth - Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by National Public Radio.
MATH-abundance - This is a set of rather in-depth mathematics tutorials, written at the upper-college level. You can go through the tutorials in order, or use the supplied index to find a specific tutorial of interest. Also includes links to other tutorials on the Web.
Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions - An FAQ from the Usenet group. It includes the answers to mathematic puzzlers such as why 0.999 ... equals 1 and a discussion of famous problems such as the four-color problem. Available in graphical and text only versions.
Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles - This is a large collection of topics drawn from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, logic, probability, fallacies, math magic, social sciences, calculus, games and puzzles. The author seeks to help people explore the beauty of math.
The Math and Science Gateway
MathBuilder - For grades 1-10; free worksheets for each grade in basic math, decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, measurement, probability, statistics, and algebra.
Microbe World - This site provides a basic introduction to microbes and microbiology for non-scientists.
The Microbe Zoo - everything under the microscope from water to space to dirt!
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology - The UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, founded in 1908, houses a permanent historical record of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and information about their ecology, evolution and geographic distribution.
National Archive of Geological Photographs - Contains approximately 6400 digitized images dedicated to the theme of earth sciences.
Periodic Table of Elements - online and interactive!
Physics 1501 - Modern Technology - An outline of the Physics 1501 - Modern Technology course taught at the University of Winnipeg. Covers all physics topics and outlines the general study of physics concepts.
PlanetDiary - weekly update on the environmental state of Planet Earth
Pop!Casts Leading thinkers and contributors to Pop!Tech, an annual technology conference, share their ideas on topics like renewable energy, genetically modified foods, and social networking. Includes talks with Clay Shirky, Richard Dawkins, and Brian Fagan, among others.
Science and Arts Gateway - great links from Cornell University
Science Daily - Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering new discoveries and research projects.
Science Fair Project Resource Guide
Science Learning Network - If you are a science teacher or a parent who wants to link your child to excellent science resources on the Internet, this site is for you! "The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education."
Scientific American: Ask the Experts
SciJinks - From NASA - Fun Info about Space, Weather, Seasons, The Atmosphere, Hurricanes and Tornadoes for Kids and Teachers!
Solar Center - A site dedicated to educating people about various solar technologies and how they may be used. An entire section is devoted to teaching solar energy in the classroom with information for students and teachers.
StarChild - a learning center for young astronomers
TeachMath.net - Created by a math teacher, this site has many resources for math teachers. It includes articles and text reviews, with a focus on changes in math education and "Distinguishing Fads from Best Practices."
The Why Files: The Science Behind the News - The mission of The Why Files is to explore the science, math and technology behind the news of the day, and to present those topics in a clear, accessible and accurate manner. We are based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but The Why Files covers science at all institutions that engage in scientific exploration and discovery.