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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 Restricted use. Available only from networked Museum computers and off-site via the proxy server. Please see the off-site access instructions for more information. Also, please be aware of the usage restrictions that apply to licensed resources.

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idb_access_amnh.gif  ARTstor

A digital library of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.

idb_access_world.gif  Atlases, Gazetteers, GIS, and Maps

Directory of links to atlas, map, and gazetteer resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.

idb_access_world.gif  Biodiversity Informatics from the AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Provides resources for utilizing information technologies in biodiversity research and applications.

idb_access_world.gif  BioInformation Science Consortium (BISC) eReference Directory

A directory of web resources from many areas of the natural and biological sciences collected by library reference staff at BISC member institutions.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Birds of North America Online

Comprehensive resource covering the life histories of North American Birds.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Business and Company Resource Center

Database providing detailed company and industry news and information. (Available from novel_logo.jpg )

idb_access_amnh.gif  Columbia Gazetteer

A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopedia covering a wide range of topics.

idb_access_world.gif  Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

Contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

idb_access_world.gif  GEOnet Names Server

Presents a database of foreign geographic names, approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).

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 Grant Forward

Directory of federal and private funding opportunities.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Index Animalium

Searchable list of generic and specific names applied by authors to animals from 1758 to 1850.

idb_access_world.gif  Index to Organism Names(ION)

Contains all the animal, plant, and virus names data found within the Thomson BIOSIS literature databases (Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, and Biological Abstracts).

idb_access_world.gif  International Code of Zoological Nomenclature

Provides rules and guidelines for assigning scientific names to animals.

idb_access_world.gif  Natural History Guides to the Web/Portals

Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.

idb_access_world.gif  Natural History Reference Sources

Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by Adam Schiff at University of Washington Libraries.

idb_access_world.gif  Nomenclator Zoologicus

A searchable database of the names of genera and subgenera in zoology from the tenth edition of Linnaeus (1758).

idb_access_world.gif  Open Access (Free) Resources in Science

A list of links to sites with free ejournals, ebooks, databases, etc.

idb_access_amnh.gif  Oxford English Dictionary

Authoritative dictionary of the English language that includes etymological analysis for each word.

idb_access_world.gif  Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection

Directory of links to map and gazetteer resources compiled by the Map Library at the University of Texas.

idb_access_world.gif  Science Tracer Bullet (from Library of Congress)

Contains research guides that help in locating information on science and technology subjects.

idb_access_world.gif  Science.gov

Gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.