|Background Information||Climatology||Applied Science and Technology|
|Astronomy||Earth Science||Databases (to locate books and journal, magazine, and news articles)|
For related Reference Source Guides see Biology&Environmental Science
(Internet site: https://scroll.lib.westfield.ma.edu/login?url=http://www.xreferplus.com/topic.jsp?sub=13)
An online collection of 21 reference books, including Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology; Astronomy Encyclopedia; Atlas of the Universe; The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists; Collins Dictionary of Astronomy; Dictionary of Astronomy; Guide to Gems; Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils; Guide to Stars and Planets; Guide to the Oceans; Illustrated Dictionary of Science; McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology; McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms; The New Penguin Dictionary of Science; and The Penguin Dictionary of Physics.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. Ed.
Elizabeth Geller. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
(REF Q123 .M15 2003) or Online
Definitions vary in comprehension level from layman's terms to advanced terminology based on the level of the subject term. Appendices include metric conversion tables, a guide to symbols used in mathematics, chemistry and scientific writing, and charts of physical constants. Online version is available through Xreferplus
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th edition.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.
(REF Q121 .M3 2007)
Features more than 200 cross-referenced entries that detail a subject's significance and relation to physical science. Most entries include sources for further reading. Also includes 12 essays that discuss the chemistry of forensic science, radiation therapy, the uses of carbon dioxide, the relationship between physics and mathematices, plus other topical issues. Includes a breakdown of entries arranged by the National Science Education Standards for grades 9-12.
Encyclopedia of Physical Science, (2 volumes). Joe Rosen and Lisa Quinn
Gothard. New York : Facts On File, c2010.
(REF Q121 .R77 2010)
This new edition continues to provide articles on "pertinent information in every field of modern science and technology" and includes revised articles in "certain rapidly advancing areas, particularly in cell and molecular biology; information technology and telecommunications; nanotechnology; the environmental, earth, and climate sciences; materials science; and cosmology." Articles are written by scholars and include broad survey articles for readers with little knowledge in a discipline and specialized articles for more advanced readers. Entries are cross-referenced and the last volume is an index.
Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Technology. Ed. Colin A. Hempstead.
New York: Routledge, 2005.
(REF T9 .E462 2005)
The development of technology and new technologies of the 20th-century are covered in this encyclopedia. Examples of entries include methods in the history of technology, oil rigs, helicopters, dairy farming, and gender and technology. Entries are signed, include a further reading list, and several have listings of useful web sites.
Magic Universe: The Oxford Guide to Modern Science. Nigel Calder.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
(REF Q125.C275 2003)
This reference work includes articles on prominent topics in scientific research, with analysis of the historical development of the research and where the research is headed in the future.
NTC's Encyclopedia of International Weights and Measures. William
D. Johnstone. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group, 1996.
(REF QC88.JC 1996)
This encyclopedia provides measures and conversions for U.S. and metric systems in all areas of scientific study, as well as ancient systems of measure.
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. 10th edition.
Ed. Glenn D. Considine. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
(REF Q121.V3 2008)
This 3-volume set provides 10,000+ concise, specialized entries on topics from all areas of science and technology, including 2,500+ new entries on emerging technologies affecting areas such as genetics, global warming, communications, informatics, and nanotechnology.
A Companion to thePhilosophy of Science. Ed. W.H. Newton-Smith.
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Pub., 2001.
( REF Q 175.3 .C65 20010
Provides a authoritative survey of the topical areas, major methods, current stances, and major figures in the philosophy of science.
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences Limited to WSC community
(Internet site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/dbalpha.htm#ELS)
Provides more than 3,000 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and continually updated articles that integrate current theory, practice, and understanding of all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences.
Back to top
The Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space. Robert
Zimmerman. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 2000.
(REF QB500.262 .Z56 2000)
The introduction describes space knowledge prior to 1957. The book gives pertinent information about space discoveries between 1957 and 1999. The appendices list satellites and missions alphabetically by subject, and by nation.
Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy. Martin Ince. Chicago: Fitzroy
Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
(REF QB14 .D52 2003)
This dictionary provides definitions of terms and phenomena in the field of professional and amateur astronomy including related physics concepts.
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Ed. Paul Murdin.
New York: Nature Pub. Group, 2001.
(REF QB14 .E534 2001)
Each of the approximately 700 lengthy articles becomes more specialized as the reader progresses through it.
History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia. Ed. John Lankford. New
York: Garland Pub., 1997.
(REF QB15 .H624 1997)
Entries in this encyclopedia cover five major areas of astronomy: historical overview, various national contexts, history of observatories, social history, and biographies. Each entry is signed and includes a bibliography.
Back to top
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Ed. David R. Lide. Boca
Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2003.
(REF QD65 .C73 2003-2004)
This handbook has all the information a chemist or physicist would need in one place, including basic constants, units, and conversion factors; symbols, terminology, and nomenclature; physical constants of organic compounds; properties of the elements and inorganic compounds, fluid properties, biochemistry, and more.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry. Ed. Joseph J. Lagowski.
NY: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1997.
(REF QD4 .M33 1997)
Entries range from brief definitions to extensive overviews. More than 1,500 illustrations of chemical structures, equations, and principles are included in this excellent source for students.
Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary. Revised by Richard J.
Lewis, Sr. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
(REF QD5 .C5 2002)
This dictionary is "a compendium of technical data and descriptive information covering many thousands of chemicals and chemical phenomena."
Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry. Ed. Glenn D. Considine.
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
(REF QD4 .V36 2005)
This encyclopedia has extensive articles on concepts from the study of chemistry and its applications, including tables, charts, and illustrations.
Facts on File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry. Ed. John Daintith.
New York: Facts on File, 2004.
(REF QD246 .F33 2004)
"This volume covers organic chemistry and includes basic concepts, classes of compound, reaction, mechanisms, and important named organic compounds."
Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2nd edition).
Eds. R. Cammack. Oxford; NY: Oxford University Press, 2006.
(REF QP512 .O94 2006)
The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds: a Reference Guide.
By Richard L. Myers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.
(REF TP 9 .M94 2007)
Includes pharmaceuticals, natural products, and commodity chemicals that were selected"because of their importance to health, industry, and society, and because of their historical impact. Entries are arranged alphabetically by compound name. Each entry is two to four pages long and includes basic chemical information (Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number, select physical properties, molecular formula), followed by a narrative discussing the compound's history, significance to society, general chemistry and use, as well as the roles of many significant scientists, inventors, and companies in the development and use of these compounds.
Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, 2nd edition.
By D. Hank Ellison. Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2008.
(REF UG 447 .E44 2008)
This handbook is divided into classes based on the common military groupings of chemical, biological, and toxin agents plus non-traditional agents and industrial materials identified as potential weapons Each entry follows a standard format for that class including toxicology, characteristics, hazards, protection, and medical response. Other information is provided where applicable such as chemical formula, routes of exposure, medicinal uses, threat or treaty listing, and descriptions of the disease as it appears in humans, animals, and plants. All values are based on a "standard" man model to allow for consistency of data and evaluations.
Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones. David Longshore.
New York: Facts on File, 1998.
(REF QC944.L68 1998)
Extensive articles explaining concepts and terms related to these phenomena. The encyclopedia also features articles on specific storms, including data and accounts detailing their history and path of destruction.
Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate. Revised edition.
Michael Allaby. New York: Facts on File, 2007.
(REF QC 854 A45 2007)
This two volume encyclopedia has 4,000 entries and 300 maps on the processes that produce weather and the world's climates. Five appendixes cover chronologies of disasters, discoveries in atmospheric sciences, geologic time scale, tornadoes, and weather-related websites.
The Facts on File Dictionary of Weather and Climate. Ed. Jacqueline
Smith. New York: Facts on File, 2001.
(REF QC854.F33 2001)
This concise dictionary has definitions of terms and concepts in modern climatology. The appendices include conversion tables and a chronology of major events and discoveries.
Back to top
The Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science. Ed. John O.E.
Clark & Stella Stiegeler. New York: Facts on File, 2000.
(REF QE5 F318 2000)
Over 3,000 entries and over 100 line drawings explain and illustrate the most frequently used terms in earth science.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences. Ed. E. Julius Dasch.
New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.
(REF QE5 E5137 1996)
Designed for the undergraduate, the 360 alphabetical entries cover: solid earth processes, superficial earth processes, earth resources and stewardship, earth sciences in the public eye, and earth in space.
Rivers of North America. Ed. Arthur C. Benke & Colbert E.
Cushing. Boston: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2005.
(REF QH102 .R58 2005)
This book organizes the rivers of North America into 22 geographic regions. Each chapter includes sections on individual rivers with information on physiography, climate, and land use; river geomorphology, hydrology, and chemistry; river biodiversity and ecology; and human impacts and special features. Pictures, maps, and literature cited are included for each chapter.
Sciences of the Earth: An Encyclopedia of Events, People, and Phenomena.
Gregory A. Good. New York: Garland, 1998.
(REF QE11 S38 1998)
The two-volume set surveys the history of geology, geography, geophysics, oceanography and other fields to trace our understanding of the earth. Presents the latest facts and theories and explains how our view of the earth has evolved.
Back to top
A Dictionary of Physics. Ed. Alan Isaacs. New York: Oxford University
(REF QC5.D496 2000)
Definitions of terms and concepts used in the study of physics, including relevant mathematical and computing concepts can be found in this dictionary.
Dictionary of Pure and Applied Physics. Ed. Dipak Basu. New York:
CRC Press LLC, 2001.
(REF QC5.D485 2001)
Clear and concise definitions, written by authorities in the field, will help students understand their textbooks and assist scholars in benefiting fully from academic research.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics. Ed. John S. Rigden. New York:
Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.
(REF QC5 M15 1996)
Alphabetical entries are frequently illustrated with graphs, charts and line drawings. Accessible to students in the field, the encyclopedia includes cross references, a reader's guide, a glossary, and an index.
Back to top
1001 Chemicals in Everyday Products. Grace R. Lewis. New York:
Wiley and Sons, 1999.
(REF TP200 .L49 1999)
This reference source is an alphabetical dictionary of chemicals and chemical compounds, listing their uses, potential hazards, and alternate names. A cross reference index provides listings of the actual products which may contain these chemicals.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Ed. John Zumerchik. New York:
(REF TJ163.28 .M33 2001)
A three-volume set of articles on sources of energy and the science and technology behind them. Articles include a history of the development of the technology and a bibliography for further reading.
Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific
Discovery. Ed. Neil Schlager. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001.
(REF Q175.46 .S35 2000)
This eight volume set of articles discusses developments in science and technology and their impacts on society and culture. The first seven volumes cover a time period in history with chapters devoted to the fields of science. The eighth chapter serves as a cumulative index to the series.
The Statistical Handbook on Technology. Paula Berinstein. Phoenix:
Oryx Press. 1999.
(REF T21 .B47 1999)
This handbook is a compilation of statistics illustrating historical trends and events in science and technology. Organized by field, the handbook provides tables denoting usage, budgets, access and other measures for industries such as agriculture, energy, medicine, and transportation and their respective technologies. An index provides cross reference by specific topics and terms.
The Wilson Chronology of Science and Technology. George Ochoa
and Melinda Corey. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1997.
(REF Q125 .O26 1997)
A chronological listing of inventions, theories suggested and disproved, and discoveries. A comprehensive index offers a cross reference by topic and scientist to the brief entries.
Back to top
Ely Library Catalog.
For books, audio-visual materials, etc. in the Ely Library
(Internet Site: http://procat.lib.westfield.ma.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First/)
The following are examples of subject headings for use in the Ely Library Catalog. Do not limit yourself to this list! Use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (Big Red Books) located at the reference desk for more possibilities or browse the online procat for ideas. See Database Searching Guides for more help.
Science Journals Limited
to WSC community
(Internet Site: https://scroll.lib.westfield.ma.edu/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/login?COPT=REJTPTIzNjcmSU5UPTAmVkVSPTI=&clientId=1534)
Covers both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, this database features over 490 titles - with more than 380 available in full text. Articles include all of the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements that are vital to scientific and technical literature.
Search Premier Limited
to WSC community
(Internet site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/dbalpha.htm#Academic)
This database indexes articles in journals and magazines covering all subject areas. Some are available in full-text. Titles include Physics of Fluids, Physics Today, Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. Coverage varies depending on title. See Database Searching Guides for more help.
General Science Abstracts - available through FirstSearch
Limited to WSC community
(Internet site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/fsdb2.htm)
Covers some 150 titles, including areas of astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, earth science, environmental issues, mathematics, medicine, physics, and zoology. See Database Searching Guides for more help.
(Internet site: http://www.scirus.com)
A comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet, it searches over 200 million science-specific Web pages plus more than 30 million citations, abstracts, full text peer-reviewed articles, and patents. Links to some free full text articles.
Limited to WSC community
(Internet site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/dbalpha.htm#JSTOR)
A full-text collection in PDF format of various titles including Science, American Journal of Mathematics, SIAM Review, the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of London in Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Sciences. Dates of coverage vary depending on particular title and series. See Database Searching Guides for more help.
(Internet site: http://www.geoscienceworld.org)
Provides a searchable database and access to the abstracts for 30 peer-reviewed, high impact geoscience journals from 22 leading societies and institutes from six countries. Extensive backfiles go back as far as 1918 for some journals.
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
(Internet site: http://www.doaj.org/)
This service covers 1642 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals covering all subjects and languages. Currently 413 journals are searchable at article level. More than 75,000 articles are included in the DOAJ service. Subject areas covered include: Agriculture and Food Sciences, Biology and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Technology and Engineering.
Back to top
WWW Resources by Subject [Ely Library at Westfield State University]
Directories of Internet links selected by Librarians.
Chemistry: (Internet Site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/chem.htm)
Earth Science: (Internet Site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/earthsci.htm)
Physics: (Internet Site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/physics.htm)
Try also the list of Internet
Search Engines And Subject Directories
(Internet Site: http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/engines.htm)
Be careful as you create your search. Refer to the tutorial: Searching the World Wide Web for information on the Internet, Netscape, and the World Wide Web, as well as for instructions on using web search engines, evaluating Internet sites, and using subject specific search guides.
Back to top