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A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

General & News

Encyclopedia of Earth
The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, illustrated, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, practitioners and other experts.  A project of the National Council for Science and the Environment and Boston University. This informative and well-organized site has something for everyone!

Famous Scientists
Biographies of famous scientists worldwide, from

National Academies Press
The National Academies (National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council) make the full text of their books and reports available for free online.  More than 5,000 books are available on a variety of subject areas.

National Geographic Science
Articles, photos, and videos on all areas of science. Requires a free registration to access content. Also available: National Geographic Daily News.

National Public Radio Science Friday
News, articles, images, videos and audio files about the latest science topics.

“Convert just about anything to anything else.” Includes scientific and mathematical conversions, such as astronomical, energy, force, power, temperature.
A gateway to government science information and research results, with over 60 scientific databases, 200 million pages of science information, and over 2200 websites. Includes content from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, the EPA, Library of Congress, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and others.

Science Daily
A free, edited, science news site with over 65,000 research articles, 15,000 images, 2,500 encyclopedia entries, 1,500 book reviews, and hundreds of educational videos. Updated daily, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences.

Science News
The magazine of the Society for Science & the Public. Although most content is free, some requires a paid subscription.


American Astronomical Society
The major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

Astronomy, Math & Physics Science Subject Guide
Links to many high-quality Astronomy web sites. A service of the Library of Congress.

Hubble Site
Information about the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as news, videos, and picture galleries. The Hubble Site is a project of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA’s homepage.

NASA Wavelength
A well organized and easily browsable digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels.

Space Place (NASA)
A fun, interactive, space website for kids, from NASA.

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ARKive : Images of Life on Earth
Photographs and video of plant and animal life. Also includes a special collection of endangered animal images.

Free resources for science education from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Includes animations, articles, classroom resources, images, interviews, lectures, and videos.

BioMed Central
Publishes over 265 peer reviewed open access journals across the fields of biology, biomedicine and medicine. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication.

DNA Learning Center
Created by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the DNA Learning Center hosts media-rich, interactive web sites and animation libraries that visually explain DNA and genetics.  Topics include basic heredity, genetic disorders, eugenics, the discovery of the structure of DNA, DNA sequencing, cancer, and plant genetics.

EOL: The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life brings together information about all life on Earth—one web page for each species. In addition to more than 1.9 million species pages, it offers text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more, all freely available.  It was originally created by the Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Institution.

iBOL: The International Barcode of Life
The International Barcode of Life project is an international collaboration using DNA barcoding for species identification.  The public may access iBOL data through its data portal, BOLD Systems.

NCBI: The National Center for Biotechnology Information
The NCBI advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. Provides databases, downloads, educational materials, reference materials, and tools.  Maintained by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.


Bio Digital Human
Explore a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web- based platform.  Over 5,000 anatomical objects and animations freely available (advanced functions require a paid subscription).

The Body Explained
A light-hearted video series that answers common questions about how the human body works.  A resource from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Learn Genetics
From The University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center. Includes instructional video and virtual labs for students and adults.


All About Birds
An online bird guide from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. It includes photos and sound clips to help you identify species, nests, eggs and songs. Also links to articles and sites about bird biology,natural history and conservation.

Searchable site about amphibian conservation and biology. Created by the University of California, Berkeley.

Animal Diversity Web
From the University of Michigan.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library
The world’s largest collection of wildlife sounds and videos, including birds, amphibians, arthropods, mammals, fish and reptiles.

Dino Directory
Research dinosaurs by their name, their body shape, when they lived and where their fossils have been discovered. A site suitable for all ages from the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

Journey North
Maps, journal entries, pictures and information about global migrations of birds, butterflies and plants.

Information about marine species, ocean conservation, research, and 101+ Ways to Make a Difference Today.

Reptile Database
The scientific names, taxonomy and distribution of all living snakes, lizards, turtles, amphibians, tuataras and crocodiles.

San Diego Zoo Animals
Visually appealing website with basic facts and pictures of animals and their habitats.

Tree of Life Webproject
Over 10,000 webpages offering information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
A good site for finding information on current health risks to wildlife and the environment.


Botanical Society of America
Site created for professional botanists, plant scientists, educators, students and amateur plant science enthusiasts around the world. Site includes nationwide job postings.

Global Forest Information Service
Fully searchable website for news, events, and full text publications.

National Gardening Association
Plant Finder allows you to find the plant by, color, hardiness, height, light requirements and more.This site includes searchable databases for plant pests and weeds, and a reference section with calculators for Nitrogen, sulfur, fertilizer and limestone. There are local guides for all US. states and resources for teachers and consumers.

Plants Database
Created by the US Department of Agriculture, this database can help you identify plants with photographs, determine their geographical range, growing habits and scientific name. It includes fact sheets and guides on hundreds of species as well as printable and interactive plant identification keys.

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Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Information about toxic substances and how they affect our health. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

American Chemical Society

Chemistry Portal – National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST develops the technology, measurement methods, and standards for the chemical industry.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The Pocket Guide presents key information and data for 677 chemicals or substance groupings found in the work environment. The industrial hygiene information found in the Pocket Guide should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Periodic Table
An interactive periodic table featuring  history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the periodic table. Change your view of the periodic table to see stunning Visual Elements artwork. From the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Search for information on chemical compounds, their biological properties, and bioassay records.

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Earth Sciences & Weather

Geology (Windows to the Universe)
Choose from text for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Information about minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geologists and fossils. From the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Earth Science World
Information on careers, news, interactive geological time line, and an image bank containing images of volcanoes, glaciers, animals, caves, coral and more. Images, provided by the American Geological Institute (AGI), are fully cataloged and available for non-profit or educational use.

Geologic Time Scale
Eras, Periods, and Epochs chart. From the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

NASA Oceanography
See how the ocean affects Earth’s climate and ecology. Data collected from satellites helps predict climate cycles such as floods and drought or El Nino.

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Satellite, radar, surface and upper-air conditions, forecasts and data.

National Weather Service
Forecasts and Radar maps.

NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Studies climate, weather, oceans and coasts and works toward conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. Links and resources are divided into weather, oceans, fisheries, charting, satellites, climate, research, coasts, and careers. Although it is no longer updated, NOAA’s WINDandSEA Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Guide links to many useful resources.

Ocean Portal
Everything ocean from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Paleontology Portal
A site for students and teachers wanting to know more about the fossil records of plants and animals. Includes timelines, maps, photographs and an extensive database of collections.

University Of California Berkley Museum of Paleontology
Online exhibits and ongoing research at the Museum. Includes an extensive glossary of biology and paleontology terms.

U.S. Geological Survey
As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.  The Science Topics index page is a great way to begin your search of this website, which includes maps, data, publications, and educational materials.

USGS Multimedia Gallery
A list of sites with earth science, geography, animal, water ways, and national park images.

Virtual Fossil Museum
“Fossils across geological time presented in multiple contexts of geological history, the tree of life, paleobiology and evolution.”

Weather Warehouse
Find historical weather data.

Weather Underground
Find current and historical weather data.

Find current and historical weather data.

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Ecology & Environmental Science

African Wildlife Foundation
Learn about African animal species, their habitats and conservation status. Searchable by animal name or preservation association.

Ecology and Society
An open-access (free) journal of integrative science for resilience and sustainability.

National Council for Science and the Environment
A non-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking, with a reputation for objectivity and non-partisanship. The web site serves as an informative portal to their various projects and programs.

National Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region
The National Fish and Wildlife Service conserves, protects, and enhances fish and wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.

New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Inc.
The New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Inc (NYSWRC pronounced “Nice Work!”) is a not-for-profit, statewide, membership-based organization that promotes professionalism in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and provides wildlife rehabilitators with educational and technical support.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Includes online reference help, information about laws, careers, programs and current news.

Water Quality Information Center
Information about irrigation, water availability, wetlands and more; links to databases, publications, and environmental news, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Energy Information Administration
Official Statistics from the U.S. government on cost, demand and production for electricity, petroleum, wind, coal, nuclear power, and renewal alternative fuels.

Clean Energy
Information about renewal energy sources from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Government’s information for students, teachers and the public on the environment, health and safety, security, and technology.

Energy Kids
Basic explanations of forms of energy from the Energy Information Administration. Also includes games and activities!

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American Institute of Physics
Search for jobs, post a resume, read current news, find public policy information and conference proceedings.

American Physical Society
The American Physical Society is a professional organization that seeks the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics.

The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Essays and information about particle physics, links to online resources.

Institute of Physics
Physics education, professional societies, science policies and news.
Your guide to physics on the web. A great physics portal from the Institute of Physics.

A wiki for quantum physics.

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