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Comprehensive Searching for Science: Home

Tools to provide in-depth science searching

NEWS: The latest news on many topics can be found using various indexes on our News Resources page.

FACTS: The latest facts from dictionaries and encyclopedias can be found searching the tools on our Facts/Definitions page.

DATA:  Data can be found using the resources found on our Statistics and our Handling Information and Data pages.


Expert opinions can be found in books: see our local book catalog for searching. You may want to expand your search to the I-Share state-wide catalog (using the drop-down option on the right edge of the search box) or our electronic book page.


Expert opinions can also be found in journals using our indexes and journal packages.

   Search in "Core" Journals:

   Academic Search Complete will search for journal articles across 800 core interdisciplinary journals.

  • search by keywords, then use the facets on the left side to limit ... by year, Academic (scholarly) article, Magazine (popular) article  
  • use Advanced Search options to apply additional limits by treatment type, and other approaches

If you want to perform deeper searching of many more Journals, Conference Materials, etc:

  • Central Index provides broad coverage of journals and selected other materials.
  • Scopus indexes articles in science, mathematics, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. Scopus provides citation tracking, the Source Normalized Impact per Paper and SCImago Journal Rank through its Journal Analyzer. This database does NOT search conference material.
  • CINAHL Complete. Articles and evidence-based care sheets on nursing and allied-health topics.
  • MEDLINE with Full Text. Articles from medical journals.
  • NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information provides access to biomedical and genomic information.
  • Greenfile. Articles on environmental issues.
  • Current Index to Statistics (coverage stops in 2017)
  • Google Scholar provides free searching of keywords and authors across a wide a selection of academic journals.
  • For more comprehensive searching in other disciplines, see the full list of subject tools listed on our Databases page.

   Advanced Searching Options (citation tracking, controlled subject searching, multimedia):

  • Academic Video Online. Online streaming video on many academic topics.
  • Digital Einstein Papers -- the complete contents of the 26 volumes published to date of the press’s huge print edition of The Collected Papers, which is expected to expand by 30 more volumes during the next two decades.The publications so far cover the first 44 years of Einstein’s life, from 1879 to 1923: up to the period of great acclaim following his winning the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • Films on Demand. Streaming videos in all topic areas, including physical science, searchable by subject, title, or special collection.
  • Government Information. Search for government reports and research results.
  • Scopus. Articles in science, mathematics, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. Scopus provides citation tracking, the Source Normalized Impact per Paper and SCImago Journal Rank through its Journal Analyzer. View a tutorial on how to use the Journal Analyzer.

    In-depth searching using subject-specific journal indexes 

Since SCOPUS only covers a core set of journals in each field, for more comprehensive (deep) searching of journals in a field you will need to perform searches and study the results from a subject-specific journal index ... which does not provide quantitative citation analyses.

In these journal indexes you will want to:

  • Search by subject keywords to find historical journal coverage.
  • Use the facets to view the most frequent subject terms for broader coverage.
  • Consider related subject indexes for finding multidisciplinary materials.

NON-PUBLISHED Information (Web Resources)

Find teaching tools, equipment, software, etc. 

See various subject-specific WEB PORTALS created by societies:

Other Science information resources

  • Isotopes Matter a colorful interactive periodic table where clicking on each element brings up information on its isotopes, highlights a current use of that element, and links to a PDF with further isotopic information.
  • Audubon's Birds of America and another copy of Birds of America
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library collaborative biodiversity literature (contains the Encyclopedia of Life)
  • Map of Life allows visitors to explore data about the relationships between biodiversity and geography through a series of highly-engaging and informative interactive maps.
  • Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the HMS Beagle -- timeline and map of his voyage
  • Open Tree of Life aims to construct a comprehensive, dynamic and digitally-available tree of life by synthesizing published phylogenetic trees along with taxonomic data.Open Exoplanet Catalogue is a catalog of all discovered extra-solar planets.
  • Catalog of Life is an index consisting of 1.6 million species from around the globe; search the catalogue by keyword or browse by taxonomic tree (e.g. Animalia, bacteria, viruses) or by taxonomic classification (e.g. phylum, genus, species).
  • The Digital Atlas of Ancient Life serves as a resource to help individuals identify and better understand fossil species from particular regions and time intervals.
  • Photo Ark -- a multiyear effort to document (photograph) every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. 
  • From the Physics Classroom, "an online, free to use physics website developed primarily for beginning physics students and their teachers," comes this series of lessons about vectors
  • Botanical Art & Artists offers visitors an in-depth compendium of resources and information on botanical art and illustration that casual enthusiasts, aspiring artists, and academic botanists all can appreciate.
  • Hastings Center Bioethics blog
  • Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage.
  • arXiv -- preprint server for various science fields (includes the visual Connected papers tool within the Related papers tab)
  • OpenSciEd seeks to ensure any science teacher anywhere can access and download freely available, high-quality, locally adaptable full-course materials." Developed with and for classroom educators, OpenSciEd has a variety of units covering chemistry, physics, health, and more. 
  • 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report -- issued every two years and examines the degree to which women, people with disabilities, and people who identify as black, Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native are underrepresented in Science and Engineering (S&E) education and employment.
  • What Americans Know About Science -- Pew Research Center survey finds what many Americans can answer about science concepts.
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