Online Reference Shelf
The tools listed below include standard reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and directories, as well as more specialized reference databases.
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Unrestricted use. Freely available to anyone.
A digital library of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.
Directory of links to atlas, map, and gazetteer resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.
Provides resources for utilizing information technologies in biodiversity research and applications.
A directory of web resources from many areas of the natural and biological sciences collected by library reference staff at BISC member institutions.
Comprehensive resource covering the life histories of North American Birds.
Database providing detailed company and industry news and information. (Available from )
A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world.
Encyclopedia covering a wide range of topics.
Contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.
Presents a database of foreign geographic names, approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).
Directory of federal and private funding opportunities.
Searchable list of generic and specific names applied by authors to animals from 1758 to 1850.
Contains all the animal, plant, and virus names data found within the Thomson BIOSIS literature databases (Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, and Biological Abstracts).
Provides rules and guidelines for assigning scientific names to animals.
Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.
Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by Adam Schiff at University of Washington Libraries.
A searchable database of the names of genera and subgenera in zoology from the tenth edition of Linnaeus (1758).
A list of links to sites with free ejournals, ebooks, databases, etc.
Authoritative dictionary of the English language that includes etymological analysis for each word.
Directory of links to map and gazetteer resources compiled by the Map Library at the University of Texas.
Science Tracer Bullet (from Library of Congress)
Contains research guides that help in locating information on science and technology subjects.
Gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.