Online Reference Shelf

The tools listed below include standard reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and directories, as well as more specialized reference databases.



 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).


 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-Castañeda 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.


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