covers highly used and highly cited scholarly materials in science back to 1908. Web of Science also indexes the social science and arts and humanities, making it a great tool for finding scholarly materials across multiple disciplines.
•Provides access to scholarly science, social science, and arts and humanities journal article citations, with "Get this item" links to fulltext.
•Sciences citation index: 1900-present
•Social sciences citation index: 1956-present
•Arts and humanities citation index: 1997-present
•Great for finding the most important (heavily cited) articles in the sciences and social sciences. Can also be used to find articles citing a known important work on your topic, or related to it based on shared citations.
•Help using this database is available.
This is the best too for searching for chemical information and literature and does things that no other database is capable of. This database allows you to search by formula, common name, CAS# and more.
Additionally, we only have 2 concurrent users here at Claremont, so occasionally you will encounter a turn away message indicating that all seats of SciFinder are in use.
Contains citations with abstracts to articles and reviews in physics, electrical and elctronics engineering, computing and control, and information technology.
•Provides access to citations with abstracts to articles and reviews in Physics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computing and Control, and Information Technology.
•Great for research in the applied sciences.
•THE database for physics, electronics and computing.
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Google's searching across scholarly journals and books, and is great for searching across multiple disciplines.
•Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. You can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.
•Orders your search results by relevance.
[Visited Sep'11] This site offers an appealing and engaging range of 60-second podcasts, broadcast weekly, in six topic areas: Science, Mind, Earth, Space, Tech, and Health. Podcasts discuss current scientific/technical issues in an easily digestible manner for nonscientists. They offer basic background information and present interesting developments on topics ranging from invasive species to learning disabilities, electric cars, women's health, and more. Complementing the pithy, brief podcasts is the Science Talk series with Steve Mirsky, which explores topics in more depth, often through interviews with experts in the field. The transcripts of the podcasts provide links to related information. The podcasts are playable on the Web and available for MP3 download, and can be shared by e-mail or social networking. Site visitors can also register to receive podcasts via RSS feeds. In addition, Scientific American subscribers can post comments about the podcasts. Overall, they are a valuable offering from Scientific American that can serve as a gateway to entice users to further explore other content in this journal; they can also serve as a starting point for additional research on a subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. -- K. J. Whitehair, Johnson County Library
"The Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) supports data archiving and distribution activities for the space geodesy and geodynamics community. The main objectives of the system are to store space geodesy and geodynamics related data products in a central data bank, to maintain information about the archival of these data, and to disseminate these data and information in a timely manner to NASA investigators and cooperating institutions. The CDDIS staff and computer facility are located at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, MD and is part of the Solar System Exploration Division within the Sciences and Exploration Directorate."
"The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a free educational Web site that was developed by the Science Education Research Center at Carleton College with funding by the National Science Foundation. EET is currently maintained by individuals from various scientific organizations and academic institutions. The site's purpose is to "support the use of scientific datasets, data access and analysis tools, and other products by the broader educational community" and provide instructions on conducting the activities on the site. EET is a clean Web site with easy navigation. There are a variety of ways to find information in the chapters; users can search by keyword in the simple search box, navigate the frame on the left side of the page, and/or narrow a topic using the provided links on the right. Individual chapters cover a wide array of topics related to global climate change, geology, wetlands, oceans, atmosphere, and more.
Chapters provide a brief description of the topic and contain sections including Teaching Notes, Case Study, Step-by-Step Instructions, Tools and Data, and Going Further. Many chapters have not been updated in five or more years, but this does not mean that the information is out-of-date since scientific facts and data would not necessarily change every year. Chapter content, which is contributed by experts in their respective areas, is carefully tested by chapter authors and classroom teachers. Site organization is helpful and efficient. Overall, EET is a useful resource for earth science students and teachers at all levels."
"This series shows the physical processes and human activities that shape our planet. From earthquakes and volcanoes to the creation of sea-floor crusts and shifting river courses, Earth Revealed offers stunning visuals that explain plate tectonics and other geologic concepts and principles. Follow geologists in the field as they explore the primal forces of the Earth."
"The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public."
"Geologic Time, created by the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, is an interactive Web site focusing on paleobiology and paleontology. The site is one of several current department research projects featuring Web sites on such topics as carboniferous forests, dinosaurs, art, and vertebrate fossils. Geologic Time uses a graphical slider to allow discovery by eon, era, period, and epic. Site visitors can jump to specific periods including Paleocene, Oligocene, and Holocene using dropdown menus.
Under each specific period, topical overviews provide defining and secondary characteristics. The contents menu on the left side of the page includes sections focusing on specific topics such as terrestrial life, ocean life, and climate during that time period. The explanatory text is accessible to a wide audience, and highlighted terms within the text are linked to an annotated glossary. The Foundational Concepts section explains geological dating methods, Earth processes for geologic changes, and life process for biological systems. The Evidence section includes brief text and links to pop-up windows with fossil evidence, color photographs, and explanatory information. The site offers options to print images and supporting text, and it includes explanations of copyright permissions for scholarly and teaching reuse. Overall, this is a useful site for gaining a general understanding of geologic time periods." from Choice, December 2010.
"The National Geophysical Data Center maintains archives of geomagnetic data to further the understanding of Earth magnetism and the Sun-Earth environment. Data at NGDC include surface, ocean, airborne and satellite measurements, as well as models of the main field and its secular change, and models of the Space - Earth environment. Data on Earth's ancient magnetic field are available from archeomagnetic and paleomagnetic measurements. For those interested in learning more about geomagnetism, we have a general information page, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, and a site focusing on the joint research with the Colorado Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES)."
"The Geoscience Information Society facilitates the exchange of information in the geosciences through cooperation among scientists, librarians, editors, cartographers, educators, and information professionals."
"Hosted by the University of California's Museum of Paleontology, this site is a selective collection of links to Internet resources on North American paleontology developed by the museum, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the US Geological Survey. Although far from comprehensive, it offers a good introduction to paleontology, fossils, and related concepts for a broad audience ranging from K-12 students to professionals. In providing links to a wide range of paleontological resources, it is unique among Web sites related to paleontology. The portal is organized into eight sections: Exploring Time and Space, Fossil Gallery, Famous Fauna and Flora, Careers, Resources, K-12, Collections, and PaleoPeople. Exploring Time and Space includes plate tectonic reconstructions and links to virtual exhibits, research, collections, and resources on each geologic period. Fossil Gallery presents information on and images of North American fossils that users may browse by organism type and geologic time period.
Famous Fossils and Flora provides links to information and field guides on significant fossil sites that are linked from a map. Resources contains lists of links to fossil-related Internet sites, such as maps, journals, field guides, general reference works, and information on the history of paleontology. Collections allows professionals to search for fossil specimens in 13 museums. The site search engine locates links to resources and to fossil images. The site also provides RSS feeds for paleontological news and for Web site updates, which are done once or twice a month. The one drawback is the site's focus on Internet resources; a list of recommended print resources, such as books on fossils for children and interested amateurs, would be a useful addition." - L. R. Zellmer, Western Illinois University, from Choice Online
[Visited Nov'11] The impressive, unique website of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) encompasses an eclectic mix of bibliographic databases, collections, directories, image archives, and historical documentation. SPRI touts itself as having "the world's most comprehensive polar Library and Archives." The institute, situated at the University of Cambridge (UK), was founded in 1920 and named as a memorial to the British polar explorer Robert Scott and his colleagues, who died during their return from the South Pole in 1912. It focuses on research, teaching, collecting, indexing, and disseminating information on circumpolar research, and is of international importance for librarians, archivists, glaciologists, social scientists, geographers, and anyone with an explorer's spirit of adventure. The website is easy to navigate, with its numerous links to online resources and fascinating historical information and artifacts.
The site is segmented by various collections housed within SPRI's library, museum, and archive. The SPRILIB search engine provides access to Antarctica, Ice and Snow, and Russian North databases. Librarians and archivists are to be congratulated on the robustness of the search engine design, and the site's functionality, clean layout, and museum quality displays. Researchers are encouraged to access the subject-specific databases that encompass literature dating back to the early 1600s from a wide range of topics, languages, and geographic regions. These databases index books, conference proceedings and papers, reports, and articles selected from scholarly periodicals, which are all included in the print-based Polar and Glaciological Abstracts. Useful tools for researchers and liaison librarians include the Directory of Polar and Cold Regions Organisations, the Directory of Polar Libraries and Archives, the Polar Museums Directory, and the Directory of European Glaciology. A wish list for this site would include digitizing more collections and providing more coverage of current research themes related to climate change. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic, general, and professional audiences, all levels. -- I. D. Gordon, Brock University
"The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center is the national archive of remotely sensed images of the Earth's land surface. These data are acquired by civilian satellites and aircraft and used to study a wide range of natural hazards, global environmental change, and economic development and conservation issues. EROS staff members manage and distribute these data to scientists, policy makers, and educators worldwide."
"The U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library offers access to more than 30,000 color and black-and-white photographs taken during geologic studies of the US. All photos are in the public domain, but the USGS requests that users credit the photographer and the USGS when using a photo. Most images have not been published previously, and the site promises to continually add new photographs from the physical collection of 400,000 (though clicking on Latest Additions retrieves updates from 2007). The majority of the online photographs are circa 1868-1993 from surveys in the western US. It is interesting to compare the historical photographs and regions surveyed with images from more recent times to document changes.
Pages load quickly, and images can be downloaded in JPG or GIF format in four size choices. Clicking on an image provides higher resolution and a larger size. Keyword searching is best done by a person's name, geologic feature, date, major geologic event, or name of the survey expedition. The subject navigation bar allows direct access to alphabetic indexes of the portrait collection (geographers, engineers, USGS directors, and geologists), pioneer photographers (19th century), photographers of the 20th century, national parks, world earthquakes, and mines, mills, and quarries. The Mount St. Helens section lists images by year (1964-84). At the time of this review, the section titled This Month in History featured an update from October 2009, which provided an image and brief discussion of an October 1989 California earthquake. There are also links to the USGS and the US Department of the Interior home pages. The site worked equally well in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. This resource will be of interest to people in geology, local and national history, and photography." from Choice June, 2010.
"This site is a collection of 3-D images of minerals and organic molecules, produced and maintained by a group of soil scientists and geosciences educators. Their specific affiliations are not listed, but the site is hosted at the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota (in theory; the Minnesota site currently redirects to the Wisconsin site). Although there are currently only 26 exhibits in the collection, the project intends to depict most, if not all, of the significant compounds in soil science to improve student understanding of some of the spatial aspects of soil chemistry.
Each exhibit includes a 3-D image, which can be rotated in all directions by clicking and dragging. The default view is the familiar "ball and stick" model, but the user can select other views as desired. Each model provides a legend identifying the specific atoms involved, and it is possible to isolate substructures (e.g., ketone groups within the Soil Organic Matter display or a layer of graphite), a definite plus with the more complex structures. A sidebar contains information about the compound, including a brief description, its role in soils, location of significant or otherwise interesting deposits, major components for more complex compounds, crystallographic data (for the minerals), and references. This information is presented in a clear, accessible manner, making the exhibits potentially useful to engaged high school students and the general public as well as the primary academic and professional audiences. The viewer works with most browsers and operating systems, and the help pages identify problematic combinations. The viewer uses Java and may require installing the Chime viewer for full functionality (easily done through the help pages). Additional useful help pages include links to other scholarly Web projects and a feedback form." from Choice, May 2009
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information.