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Science and Technology Subject Guide

Databases

NSU’s Electronic Research Databases:

Recommended Websites

Trial E-Journal (from 3/1/2013 through 5/31/2013)

e-resources include: Science (1997–current issue), Science Express, Science Classic (1880–1996), Science Signaling, and Science Translational Medicine.

Free Journal Literature

HighWire Press
is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of 7/11/05, the project assisted in the online publication of 929,919 free full-text articles and 2,356,267 total articles.

Agriculture

The Economic Research Service (ERS)
is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in Washington, DC, with approximately 450 employees, ERS research informs and enhances public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development.

Biology

ARKive
is a freely accessible repository of digital images, video clips, and sound clips of worldwide animal and plant species. The site contains three main links: The Globally Endangered, featuring the world’s endangered and protected species; British, featuring endangered, protected and common species; and The DEFRA-CITES Pilot Project, to aid the identification of traded corals.

DNA Interactive
allows professors to register free to join the myDNAi online teaching community and access features such as personalized web pages, teacher guides with student activities, and the new Lesson Builder tool.

The Genome News Network
produces a lively and trusted online magazine that covers important developments in genomics research around the world, with coverage focused on stories about genomics and human medicine, as well as the ways in which scientists are using genomics to find biological solutions to energy needs and environmental problems.

Penn Center for Bioethics
is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine.

The Virtual Trangenic Fly Lab
will familiarize researchers with the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, researchers will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms. The fly glows only when a certain gene involved in circadian rhythms is activated.

Khan Academy
is an organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

Chemistry

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit through providing high-quality information services and software. NOTE: Slow to load.

The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
contains records of all inorganic crystal structures, with atomic coordinates, published since 1913. Metals and intermetallic compounds will be incorporated in the future. The data base contains 76,480 entries as of April 2004. It is updated twice a year, with each update comprising about 2000 new records.NOTE: Slow to load.

Earth Science

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
is an interface to a crystal structure database that includes every structure published in The American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, and The European Journal of Mineralogy. The database is maintained under the care of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and financed by the National Science Foundation.

GeoWeb’s Digital Earth
provides an open, global, and scalable infrastructure for rapidly discovering information on the Internet associated with a specific latitude/longitude location. XML-based metadata records are distributed across the GeoWeb using the existing Domain Name System (DNS).

SIMBAD
is an astronomical database that provides basic data, cross-identifications and bibliography for astronomical objects outside the solar system. It can be queried by object name, coordinates, other criteria (filters), and lists of objects, and links to some other on-line services are also provided.

Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States
estimates wind energy resource for the United States and its territories,and indicates general areas where a high wind resource may exist. This information is valuable to wind energy developers and potential wind energy users because it allows them to choose a general area of estimated high wind resource for more detailed examination.

Electronics

Geomatics

GSS Geomatics
is a commercially run Information Center for Geomatic Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Students. It offers free lecture notes, research papers, and answers to FAQs. It also welcomes Professional Land Surveyors, Geomatic Engineers, and Educators from around the world to submit scientific papers and lecture notes for publication at this site, albeit for no cash awards.

Historical Maps of the U.S.
is a Univesity of Texas map library that concentrates on early inhabitants, exploration and settlement, U.S. territorial growth, military history, later historical periods, and other historical maps sites.

The RICS Geomatics Faculty Site
involves collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of spatially related information, including land and hydrographic surveying , mapping and positioning, boundaries determination, and information management.

Health Sciences

NOTE: See also the Ellender Memorial Library’s Subject Guides page, under Nursing and Allied Health.

All Refer Health
includes an encyclopedia, with extensive information on over 4000 topics arranged in an A-Z order; a collection of more than 2500 medical illustrations; information on more than 1600 diseases, conditions, illnesses, and disorders; detailed guides on 100 common surgeries from gastrointestinal conditions to plastic surgery; and the latest health and medicine news headlines, articles, and research findings.

The Nutrition Data Page
provides nutrition facts, Calorie counts, and nutrient data for all foods and recipes. It tells researchers, in simple terms, what’s good and bad about the foods they eat, and helps them select foods that best meet their dietary needs.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Center for Bioethics
is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine. The search engine is “effective and precise.”

World Health Organization
is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO’s objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

History

The Ewell Sale Stewart Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences
houses many rare, beautiful, and important works on the natural sciences, books that most people will never see in their lifetimes. These books were published over the last five centuries, and document the discovery of plant and animal species by early explorers as they traveled the world. By publishing the pages from these books digitally and providing access on the web, the Library hopes to share, with scientists, scholars, and the public, these early works.

The Race for DNA: A Documentary History
narrates the breathless details of the pursuit of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Scattered throughout the project are images of a number of very important and extremely rare items, all of which are held within The Valley Library’s Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, and many of which have not been previously displayed. Also featured are two original documents hitherto unknown to scholars interested in this period. It is expected that this website will serve as a primary reference point for individuals interested in the history of DNA — both researchers and lay people alike.

Kinesiology
Sports and Nutrition: The Winning Connection
includes links to the following: Don’t Let Your Diet Let You Down; The Pregame Meal Planner; Keeping Energy Levels Up; Keeping Fluid Levels Up.

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