Need Help? There are several options for research assistance, including the Ask a Librarian email service and the CSU Chat instant message service




What is Discus? DISCUS icon

What is PASCAL? PASCAL icon



 

Natural Sciences Subject Guide




Databases and Journal Indexes

AAFP Conditions A to Z (STAT!Ref) PASCAL icon
This patient-information resource has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. Common conditions, treatments and health tips are presented concisely and informatively, and listed alphabetically or cross-searched in STAT!Ref online. Many are also available in Spanish. A mobile app and training tutorials are available from the main STAT!Ref access page.

Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals

ACS Web Editions (American Chemical Society)
Published by the American Chemical Society, ACS Web Editions contains nearly 50 full-text journals and magazines in chemistry

Agricola (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Provides citations with some linked full-text to more than 4.8 million journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library, with coverage dating back to 1970. It encompasses all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, agricultural engineering and technology and earth and environmental sciences.

AGRICOLA     FREE
Published by the US Department of Agriculture, AGRICOLA provides citations to agricultural literature. While it does not contain full-text access to materials, some citations are linked to online full-text documents. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.

Anatomy and Physiology Online (STAT!Ref) PASCAL icon
This online resource from primalonlinelearning.com includes 20 modules on topics such as cell biology, skeletal system, muscular system, digestive system, respiratory system, and more. Each module contains an overview, learning objectives, key concepts and processes, 3D image and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, quizzes and reviews, pronunciation guides to key medical terms, clinical case studies for each system, clinical test, and the effects of aging on each system. You may need to allow pop-ups in your web browser to view all the content. A mobile app and training tutorials are available from the main STAT!Ref access page.

Biological and Agricultural Index Plus (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes agriculture and agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more. Provides full text of articles from over 100 journals dating back to 1997, as well as indexing and abstracts of more than 380 publications.

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

ebrary PASCAL icon
A growing collection of over 100,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser without downloading or installing anything to your computer. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free). Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to iOS and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide or the Download Guide.

EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.

General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.

General Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health and medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more. Provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984.

Global Issues in Context (Gale Group)
Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

GreenFILE (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes scholarly, government and general-interest titles with 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.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) (Gale Group)
Focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

HathiTrust     FREE
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

JSTOR
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

Liebert Online
An authoritative database continaing peer-reviewed journals in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, and law.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

MedCalc 3000 (STAT!Ref) PASCAL icon
This is a collection of over 520 calculators, clinical criteria sets and decision trees for anyone practicing, teaching, or studying evidence-based medicine. This resource is integrated in STAT!Ref and included with every subscription. Every search in STAT!Ref automatically presents links to relevant tools within MedCalc 3000. A mobile app and training tutorials are available from the main STAT!Ref access page.

MEDLINE (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
An authoritative medical information database for medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, etc. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

National Climatic Data Center Online Document Library     FREE
Documentation and metadata are available for most digital and non-digital data archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) which is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to United States climate and historical weather data and information. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatology data to centuries-old journals to data less than an hour old.

Nature
A weekly international journal publishing the peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology. Search the full text of the journal, or select a specific issue from the issue archive.

New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context   DISCUS icon
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.

PubMed     FREE
Contains citations from biomedical literature (MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE) and provides access and links to molecular biology resources. If a journal publisher has a web site that offers full-text of its journals, PubMed provides links to that site as well as biological resources, consumer health information, research tools, etc. links to some full-text articles at journal Web sites and other related Web resources. PubMed covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences.

PubMed Central     FREE
The U.S. National Institutes of Health free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.

SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Journals Online (SAGE Premier) is a collection of over 560 full-text journals in over 50 disciplines including business, communication, criminology, education, humanities, industrial relations, labor, medicine, political science, psychology, social science, science, technology, urban studies, and more. Includes research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.

Science
The online version of Science magazine includes access to original scientific research, global science news, and commentary in all fields of science.

Science in Context (Gale)
Provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Science Reference Center (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

  • Science Reference Center Enhanced Searching Interface (EBSCO)   DISCUS icon
    The enhanced interface includes a browse function for scientists, science categories, a featured science topic, and popular sources. Provides easy access to science experiments, citation help, a research guide, and curriculum standards.

SpringerLink
An online collection of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) books, journals, and reference works from Springer-Verlag. Subject areas covered include Architecture and Design; Behavioral Science; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business and Economics; Chemistry and Materials Science; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Medicine; Physics and Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.

STAT!Ref PASCAL icon
This link provides consolidated access to STAT!Ref's Anatomy and Physiology Online, AAFP Conditions A to Z, MedCalc 3000, and Stedman's Medical Dictionary. It also includes a link to download the Stat!Ref mobile app, Training Center tutorials, and more.

WorldCat
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.




Print Sources


General

Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology (Ref. Q 123 .C482 1999)

McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (Ref. Q 121 .M29 1998)


Biology

Atlas of human anatomy (Ref. QM 25 .N46 2003 + CD-ROM)

Biology Problem Solver (Ref. QH 316 .B52 2001)

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Zoology (Ref. QL 9 .C66 1992)

Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Ref. QH 332 .E52 2004 V. 1-5)

Encyclopedia of Genetics (Ref. QH 427 .E53 2004 v. 1-2)

Grzimek's Animal life encyclopedia (Ref. QL 3 .G7813 v. 1-13)

Handbook of biochemistry and molecular biology (Ref. QH 345 .H347 1975 V. 1-5)

Henderson's Dictionary of Biological Terms (Ref. QH 13 .H38 1979)

Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary (Ref. QK 9 .H37 1994)


Chemistry

Chemistry Problem Solver (Ref. QD 42 .C498 2001)

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (Ref. QD 65 .H3 2005/06)

Dictionary of organic compounds (Ref. QD 251 .D49 1982 V. 1-7 + supplements)

Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (Ref. TP 9 .K54 2001 v. 1-2)

Lange's Handbook of Chemistry (Ref. QD 65 .L36 1985)

Merck Index: an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals (Ref. RS 51 .M4 2001)

Organic Chemistry Problem Solver (Ref. QD 257 .O727 2001)


Earth Science

Dictionary of ecology (connect to E-book)

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Ref. GE 10 .E526 1999)

Environmental Encyclopedia (Ref. GE 10 .E58 1998)

Glossary of Geology (Ref. QE 5 .B38 1997)

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Geology and Mineralogy (Ref. QE 5 .M3654 2003)

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Ref. QH 540.4 .M3)


Physics

Encyclopaedic dictionary of physics (Ref. QC 5 .E52 Supplements 1-4)

Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Ref. QB 14 .E534 2001 V. 1-4)

Physics Problem Solver (Ref. QC 32 .P48 2000)


Return to Top




Internet Resources


General

Academy of Natural Sciences

FirstGov for Science
A gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results

National Museum of Natural History

Scirus
A science-specific search engine that searches over 250 million pages on the internet


Biology

All the Virology on the WWW
A comprehensive website including pictures and links to virology resources

The Big Picture Book of Viruses

Biodiversity and Biological Collections
Information about specimens in biological collections, taxonomic authority files, directories of biologists, the Delta system and links for hundreds of biodiversity and collection resources

BIODIDAC
A bank of digital resources for teaching biology

BioNetbook
A directory of biology web pages

BioTech: Life Sciences Resources and Reference Tools

INFOMINE, Scholarly Internet Resource Collection-Biology and Agriculture

Insects and Entomology
A directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet from Iowa State University's Department of Entomology

NatureServe
A website that serves to connect science with conservation

NCBI taxonomy homepage

NSC Alliance Home Page


Chemistry

ChemFinder.com
Search databases and internet for chemical information

Chemical Periodic Table

ChemIndustry.com
A comprehensive directory and search engine for chemical and related industry professionals indexes more than 45,000 chemical industry related entities and contains the full text of millions of pages

Organic Chemistry Resources Worldwide
Links to organic chemistry resources

WebElements Periodic Table


Earth Science

American Geological Institute
A nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists

ATHENA: Mineralogy
A mineral database

Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals and Textures

CSU Earthquake Education Center
Information on earthquake activity and its effects on South Carolina

Geosciences Libraries and Resources in the United States and Canada

Librarians Index to the Internet - Environment
Web pages selected and indexed by librarians about the environment

The National Environmental Directory
A directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education

National Library for the Environment
A universal, timely, and easy-to-use single-point entry to environmental information and data for the use of all participants in the environmental enterprise

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain
This site combines a geologic map of the lower 48 states with a topographic map to give an accurate portrait of the U.S. land surface and the ages of its underlying rock formations

Terms of Environment
The EPA's Glossary, Abbreviations and Acronyms for the environment

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Seeks to provide and apply relevant earthquake science information and knowledge for reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage from earthquakes

USGS National Geologic Map Database
A geoscience resource for maps and related data about: geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology


Physics

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA Planetary Science Research Discoveries
An educational site sharing the latest research on meteorites, planets, and other solar system bodies being made by NASA-sponsored scientists

PhysicsWeb
News, jobs, and resources

Views of the Solar System
A multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Also find out the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos


Return to Top




Online Journals

The following journals are available online:

Environmental Health Information Service (Not available from off campus. See Reference Librarian for on campus use)

Nature

Science


Find a list of e-journals in science available at CSU


Return to Top




Journals and Magazines

The following journals are available in the CSU library:

AAAS science books

Advances in inorganic chemistry

American Biology Teacher

American Journal of Botany

American Journal of Physics

American Journal of Physiology

American Midland Naturalist

American Scientist

American Zoologist

Analytical Chemistry

Annual review of plant biology

Annual review of plant physiology

Annual review of plant physiology and plant molecular biology

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Audubon

Biological Bulletin

BioScience

Botanical Review

Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science

Chemical and engineering news

Chemical Society reviews

Chemistry

Daedalus

Developmental biology

Environmental Science and Technology

Geology

Geotimes

GSA Today

Industrial & engineering chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Integrative and comparative biology

Journal of Bacteriology

Journal of biological chemistry

Journal of cell biology

Journal of Chemical Physics

Journal of chemical research

Journal of College Science Teaching

Journal of experimental biology

Journal of Geological Education

Journal of Geoscience Education

Journal of inorganic and nuclear chemistry

Journal of Marine Research

Journal of organic chemistry

Journal of Physical Chemistry

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Journal of the Chemical Society

Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association

Mathematical Physics

Mosaic

National Geographic

Nature

New Scientist

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Philosophy of Science

Physics Teacher

Physics Today

Popular Science

Quarterly review of biology

Saturday review of the sciences

School Science and Mathematics

Science

Science Activities

Science and Children

Science and Society

Science Books and Films

Science books; a quarterly review

Science digest

Science News

Science Scope

Science Teacher

Scientific American

SciQuest

Smithsonian

South Carolina Geology

South Carolina Wildlife

Weatherwise

Young Children


Return to Top