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R&R – Science, Technology & Nature


Amazing Animals  Nearly 1,200 articles on all kinds of animals, complete with information, photographs and Web links.

New Book of Popular Science  Science, medicine and technology for middle school students.

Reference Books Online  Gale Virtual Reference Library – use reference books in the library or from home 24/7. This database contains a wide variety of books including such diverse sources as: the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion and U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science. Find authoritative information on a large number of topics. It’s like having a tall stack of reference books at your fingertips!    Try these tutorials: 1) Basics, 2) Browse & Search, 3) Download PDF to Your eReader

Science in Context  Provides detailed coverage of science subjects, from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.

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Green File Well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

BBC News: Science/Nature International, front page news on science and nature. Global in scope, scientific topics inform reader on latest developments and hottest topics. Links to technology news can be made from the science pages.

USDA Plants Database This extensive database provides information on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the United States and its territories. Topical choices include images, fact sheets, and invasive weed information.

Animal Diversity Web This site is sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the Interagency Educational Research Initiative, and the Homeland Foundation. Search by animal class to learn about animal natural history, distribution, classification, conservation, and life cycles.

WebElements This award winning website is designed for students and professional chemists studying the periodic table. Includes detailed information on the elements and some compounds with extensive illustrations. Alliance of 17 scientific and technical federal information organizations
Resource provides links to databases and files that cover chemistry, physics, and mathematics. For a more focused search choose ‘Narrower Topics’ link.

Acronym Finder is an online searchable database of nearly 3 million abbreviations and acronyms relevant to computers, technology, telecommunications, common & military acronyms. Search by acronym or word in meaning.

The Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois This resource is provided by Ken Robertson, with information from the Illinois Natural History Survey. Learn about the types of prairies, prairie plants, and prairie restoration in Illinois.

Online Conversion Provides a free U. S. standard and metric unit conversions for area, distance, speed, temperature, weight, fractions, and more.