Research Guide: Science General

Background Information

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  • American Men and Women of Science
  • REF Q 141. A 474 1995
  • Dictionary of Scientists
  • Online only
  • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
  • REF Q 175.35 E 53 2005
  • History of Modern Science and Mathematics
  • REF Q 125. H 6298 2002
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  • REF Q 121. M 3 2007
  • New Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  • REF Q 141. D 5 2008
  • New York Public Library Science Desk Reference
  • REF Q 173. B 25 1995
  • Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists
  • REF Q 141. N 73 1995
  • Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science
  • REF Q 125. O 86 2003
  • Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia
  • REF Q 174.7 P 55 2006
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • REF HM 846. S 43 2005

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to begin a search on any topic, from agriculture to zoology and everything in between.

Applied Science and Technology

This database contains articles from the practical and applied side of science: computer technology, bioengineering, alternative energy, and much more.


The arXiv includes preprints of academic papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics.

Directory of Open Access Journals

The DOAJ provides access to thousands of free (open access) journals on all topics, particularly the sciences and medicine.

HighWire Press

This online publisher can be used to local high quality scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in the sciences.


JSTOR is a journal archive that can be used to locate older articles on all topics.

Nature Precedings

Created by Nature Publishing, this database provides access to preprints of academic papers in genetics, biology, microbiology, and more.

Web Resources

ISIHiglyCited will enable students, corporations, government agencies, and others to find out who the top researchers are in various fields.

National Academies of Science

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council cooperate to provide a web site that incorporates up-to-date information about the broad range of science, technology, and health policy issues within their mandates.

National Center for Science Education

The official website of the NCSE contains links to teacher resources for the sciences, as well as science news from around the United States.

Those choosing to visit NewScientist will encounter a long list of free science and technology hot topic news and short articles; all are written by experts.

This site is a virtual cornucopia of science information provided by various US government agencies. It is a government funded clearinghouse for scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information.

Science Resources

Created by librarians at Michigan State University, this site contains links to dozens of high quality sites in biology, chemistry, physics, and more.

Wolfram Alpha

This new search engine can be used to find the answers to factual questions and can solve mathematical and engineering problems, look up materials and chemical properties, and much more.

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