Research Guide: Science General

Background Information

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Title Availability
American Men and Women of Science REF Q 141. A 474 1995
Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology REF T 9. E 462 2005
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 HM 846. S 43 2005
Science, Technology, and Society REF Q 141. N 73 1995


Journal Articles

Academic Search Ultimate

This general database contains scholarly and popular articles on study skills, test-taking, college life, and much more.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is a source of free open access articles on a wide variety of topics.


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

Applied Science and Technology

This general science and technology database can be used to locate thousands of articles on computer hardware and software, programming, and other related topics.

HighWire Press

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

Nature Precedings

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


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

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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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