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    General Resources

    Black Holes
    Presents evidence and theories for these objects, discusses how they were first predicted, how they form, their physical properties, and how scientists detect them.

    Career Opportunities in Aviation & the Aerospace Industry
    Mortensen Library Reference HD8039.A23 E285 2005 Check Status

    Comets and Asteroids
    Outlines evidence and theories about black holes and what constitutes them, discusses how they are detected, how scientists believe they form.

    Exploring Mars
    Discusses similarities (and differences) between Mars and Earth, failed and successful space missions, and future plans for exploration.

    Guide to Global Hazards
    Illustrated guide to the large-scale disasters that affect life on earth.

    Guide to Stars and Planets
    Practical guide to the night sky.

    International Critical Tables of Numeric Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology (National Research Council)
    Seven volumes of searchable data and tables on physical, thermodynamic, mechanical and other properties of materials. Searchable PDF of the full text of the book, with hyperlinked index and interactive tables. UofH users only.

    Knovel Critical Tables
    Tables of properties for over 13,000 commonly used chemical compounds. Regularly updated with new interactive tables. UofH users only. Check Status

    Smithsonian Physical Tables
    Fully searchable tables concentrating on a broad range of common physical and chemical data. Hyperlinked index. UofH users only.


    Atlas of the Universe
    Comprehensive guide to astronomy and space exploration. Have older print edition in Mortensen Library Reference [QB44 .M5425 1970].


    The Cambridge Dictionary of Sciences
    One stop reference for the life and work of those who created science up to the present day.


    The American Heritage Science Dictionary
    Dictionary of all major concepts of science.

    Collins Dictionary of Astronomy
    Dictionary of all major concepts of astronomy.

    Dictionary of Astronomy, Peter Collin Publishing
    Comprehensive dictionary covering all aspects of astronomy.

    Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Andromeda
    Illustrated dictionary covering all the major scientific disciplines.

    The Penguin Dictionary of Physics
    Definitions, terms, and concepts relating to physics.

    The Penguin Dictionary of Science
    Comprehensive reference guide to all things science.


    Astronomy Encyclopedia
    All encompassing encyclopedia of Astronomy.

    Encyclopedia of Energy
    Provides easily accessible information about all aspects of energy, with articles written by leading international authorities, from Acid Deposition and Energy Use to World History and Energy

    Encyclopedia of Science (Gale)
    Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology.

    Encyclopedia of the Solar System
    Comprehensive guide to our solar system including history, evolution, and current discoveries.

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    Academic Search Premier
    Indexing and abstracts for over 8,000 journals in all subject areas, with full text of articles from nearly 4,600. Includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals.

    Applied Science and Technology Index
    Indexing of articles from over 400 English language journals covering technical fields, including engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, etc. Limited number of simultaneous users. Be sure to logout/exit before closing your browser.

    ArXiv e-print Archive
    arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics. This site is maintained and operated by Cornell University. Papers are submitted by the author's and are subject to edits at any time. Full text available.

    ASCE Research Library
    a comprehensive tool for locating online content across all disciplines of civil engineering. The 630,000-page Research Library contains the full text of more than 73,000 journal articles and proceedings papers, and can be accessed either through a current subscription or by downloading single articles. Approximately 4,000 new papers are added each year.

    ASCE's Civil Engineering Database
    Civil engineering database for bibliographic access to ASCE documents (journals, conferences).

    Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology
    Includes references to scientific and engineering research related to material and operations in a winter battlefield, the nature and impact of cold on facilities and activities, cold-related environmental problems, and the impact of human activity on cold environments.

    Energy Citations Database
    Searchable database of information on research sponsored by the US Department of Energy and its predecessors. Some full text online, ordering information for those not online.

    E-Print Network
    Searchable gateway to documents in scientific and technical fields of concern to the US Department of Energy. Full text available.

    FindArticles (Look Smart)
    Searches for articles in approximately 900 magazines and journals. Emphasis on trade publications. Text only - no graphic content available. Some articles available to subscribers or for a fee only.

    Google Scholar
    Search for scholarly literature across disciplines and sources. Includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, etc. Particularly strong in sciences and social sciences. Selected full text. Many links are to publisher's sites which sell access. ON Campus - links to U of H holdings are available. OFF Campus - U of H users should check our holdings and use Interlibrary Services as needed.
    Search for the most influential researchers by name or institution. Biographical and bibliographical information. Currently covers chemistry, physics, engineering and neurosciences.

    PolySearch Energy
    Search for abstracts (and occasional full text of articles) across up to 15 databases related to energy science. Results from each database display in a separate window.

    Proquest Science Journals
    Search full text and images for the leading periodicals in science and technology. Subject coverage includes computers, engineering, physics, telecommunications, and transportation. ProQuest Science Journals features over 620 titles - with more than 500 available in full text.

    Science Reference Center
    Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
    This site is a free, publicly available web portal allowing access to numerous scientific journals and public science databases. Search for materials in the topics of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers, environmental sciences, engineering, health and medicine, materials science, mathematics, physics, and social sciences. Full text. Also includes links to related sites.

    Scitation (AIP) and SPIN - formerly Online Journal Publishing Service
    Free access to this index (some full text or abstracts) of more than 40 professional journals and 1 million articles in physics, engineering and computer science including full text for Physical Review & Physical Review Letters. SPIN contains 1.5 million articles from leading Physics publications. You may search Scitation and SPIN in one search or separately.

    SIMBAD Astronomical Database
    Provides basic data, cross-identifications, bibliography and measurements for astronomical objects outside the solar system.
    Global science gatewayaccelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals.

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    General Resources

    AIA (Aerospace Industries Association)
    Website for aerospace technologies.

    AIP - Author Resource Center with AIP Style Manual (American Institute of Physics)
    Full text (pdf) of the 4th edition of the official physics style manual.

    Albert Einstein Online
    Collection of Einstein's theories, work, biography.

    American Institute of Physics
    News, employment information and links to additional information sources on physics and science.

    American Mathematical Society Website
    Official website of the American Mathematical Society

    American Physical Society
    Use physical related sources on the internet for links to societies. Physics links holists, internet search engines, NASA, DOE, etc.

    Annual Reviews
    Search engine for all 26 of Annual Reviews' products with table of contents and abstracts.

    Brown High Energy Physics
    Pointers to physics resources around the world

    Chaos at UMD (University of Maryland Chaos Group)
    General information, publications (abstracts and/or full text), and pointers to additional sites on chaos and non -linear dynamics.

    Digital Ditch Unit Converter
    Automatically calculates equivalent units of measure for area, density, force, mass, etc.

    Fundamental Physical Constants
    Lists of various constants, conversion of units, and Index General chemistry.

    GSFC's Astrophysics Science Division (NASA)
    Details research being conducted on the extremes of gravity, space, and time. Resources includes links to additional information.

    Hubble Site
    Hubble Telescope has sent back the first images after being serviced.

    MAA Online (The Mathematical Association of America)
    Official website of The Mathematical Association of America. Provides mathematicians with the best expository articles, engaging problems, and articles devoted to teaching collegiate mathematics.

    Martindale's The Reference Desk
    Links arranged by subject. Quick and easy to use.

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    Official website of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

    The Official String Theory Web Site
    Basics of string theory and particle physics, as well as experiment progress, colloquia, links and more.

    Physics (UCSD)
    A great top level site with links to many other sites related to the field. Has search engines and spiders.

    ResearchGate is a social and professional network for researchers and scientists with many features designed specifically for the sciences: a search engine that searches 7 major databases (e.g., PubMed, NASA, IEEE) and thousands of smaller Open Access ones, self-archiving, information on thousands of journals and publishers, an events board, job listings, file-sharing, a blogging platform, and much more.

    Gateway to hundreds of sources of information in all areas of science. Arranged in broad subject categories. Searchable. Updated daily with science news.
    Searchable gateway to science and technology information from US government science agencies. Information available in fields including pure and applied sciences, health sciences, and science education.

    Background information on the newly discovered Sedna, the most distant object known to orbit the sun.

    Solar Physics (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
    Information on solar research supported by NASA. Loaded with illustrations. Note especially information on sun spot activity.

    Spectroscopy Now
    The just dedicated spectroscopy portal links to free articles and preprints from peer-reviewed science journals.

    Subject Resources (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
    Links to a wide variety of web-based information resources. Includes databases and e-journals (some of which are restricted to LANL staff). Arranged by subject.

    Total Solar Eclipse of 2001 June 21
    Includes data about the first total solar eclipse of the new millennium, as well as those of the previous decade. Wolfram Research's Mathematical Functions- Over 37,000 mathematical functions, with formulas presented in standard form as well as MathML and ASCII.

    Wolfram Functions Site
    Over 37,000 mathematical functions, with formulas presented in standard form as well as MathML and ASCII. Search or browse, or contribute your own. Selected new titles on math Selected new titles on computer science For further information: Internet Search Engines Subject Selectors Web Reference Tools


    An Atlas of the Universe
    Maps of the Universe, arranged according to distance from Earth, as well as extensive links to related sites and a glossary. Nine major maps link to related maps and descriptions.


    List of articles and public releases scientific disciplines, geared toward education. Searchable.

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