Science Resources

Science specific databases


The information presented in GreenFILE focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment. This is well-researched information, but it is still accessible to non-science researchers. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier by clicking "Choose Databases."


Health Source provides mainly full text access to the leading scholarly journals focusing on the medical disciplines. The Lexi-PAL Drug Guide is also included and provides patient education sheets for generic and brand name medications. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier and other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."


PubMed provides access to citations from biomedical literature, many with links to full text documents. MEDLINE, the premier bibliographic database for the life sciences, is accessible through PubMed and dates back to 1950. Use the Journals Database to search for journal articles by subject relating to the biomedical field and other life sciences, or use the drop down menu on the first page to search proteins, genomes, cancer chromosomes and more.

Science reference ebooks

Climate Systems: Interactive Forces of Global Warming

Provides the basic scientific framework needed to understand how climate systems work and what global warming involves. Outlines the concept of global systems, climate cycles, and the atmosphere's structure and discusses the local motions in the atmosphere that affect weather and climate.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

General/related databases

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.


Statisa is a statistics portal that provides data on over 80,000 topics from more than 10,000 different sources including agriculture, advertising, health, hospitality, and consumer goods. The content is geared towards business and marketing statistical needs, with a focus on current (not historical) statistics. Ready made tables are available for downloading.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Science websites

The Conus Biodiversity Website

A shared project of the National Science Foundation and the Burke Museum of National History and Culture at the University of Washington, this website provides a catalog of links to databases, museums and literature related to the genus Conus. Species accounts, a type gallery and videos are also provided.

Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact provides bibliographic information for resources on climate change and other human impact on the planet such as pollution, deforestation and habitat loss. The database is searchable and browsable, and bibliographic information is available for each entry. Without a subscription, full-text access is not.

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World

Put together by The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund, this website provides information about each of the world’s freshwater ecosystems. An interactive map makes pinpointing individual ecoregions possible without their official names; other search options are also available.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation promotes the progress of science in this country, often by providing the much needed funding for research. Their website includes information about the kinds and amounts of funding available, awards, news from institutions receiving money from the NSF, publications (many of which are available in full text) and a limited glossary., part of Nature Publishing Group, provides links to a lot of different resources including NatureNews, NatureJobs, summaries of recent research, conference notes and more.

Nature Online Video Streaming Archive

Part of the official website of the journal Nature, this video archive contains high-quality clips based on articles in Nature. Unfortunately, the videos are only organized by the date added and not by subject. Videos require the Macromedia Flash plug-in, which should already be installed on library computers.

The Periodic Table of the Elements

This interactive Periodic Table, brought to you by Theodore Gray of Popular Science, gives brief information about each element as well as pictures, when available. Additional information, such as atomic weight, melting point and decay chain images, is available by selecting an individual element. allows you to search over 40 databases at the same time for science information from the US government. Science websites are also browsable by topic.