Science & Technology

Library Science & Technology Resources (Library card required for access)

Academic Search Premier: Contains full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology and more.

Alternative Energy: The history and development of alternative energy sources.

Biomes and Ecosystems: Covers biomes and ecosystems around the world, their flora and fauna, and the threats they are facing.

Encyclopedia of Energy: Draws together all aspects of energy, covering a wealth of areas throughout the natural, social and engineering sciences.  Covers all aspects of energy - consumption, technology, and resources - as well as the environmental and economic aspects of energy and energy use.

Energy: Information on both traditional and alternative energy sources, aimed at a high school audience.

Forensic Science: Specifics of forensic investigation, the role of forensics in the legal system, coverage of forensics in well-known criminal cases for all eras and how forensics is depicted in the media.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Thorough articles familiarize students and researchers with animals found everywhere on the globe, detailing their life cycles, predators, food systems, overall ecology, and more.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution: This volume explores evolution from a scientific viewpoint, delivering facts and perspectives on broad evolutionary topics as well as targeted coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction: Written for students and general researchers, this volume explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life, outlining major extinctions and providing a species-by-species account of extinction.

Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource: Profiles of animals found all over the world aimed at middle and high school audiences. Includes lists species by biome and geographic range. Get to all the volumes using the drop down list on the right hand side of the Table of Contents Page.

Science Reference Books: Find authoritative books on a wide variety of science topics, including scientific biography.

Science Reference Center: An easy-to-use search for student's science research needs. For Science Fair help click on "Science Experiments" under the Reference Shelf on the right.

The Solar System: Earth's solar system, including major planets and their satellites, small bodies, interplanetary phenomena and their cosmological context.

Space Sciences: From the history of space exploration to the future of "space business," this set offers a broad survey of the space sciences. Includes biographies of scientists and the space-related job market.

Web Resources

Audubon Guide to North American Birds: Offers illustrations and photos of each bird, habitat, nesting, and diet information, as well as a variety of songs or calls made by each bird.

Hennepin West Mesonet: Shows how much rain Scott County has received and other real-time weather data, with customizable maps and tables. This data is collected by Mesonet weather towers positioned in Scott County that are part of a larger network of towers that monitor various environmental factors throughout east-central Minnesota. The towers are operated by the Emergency Management division of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with Hennepin County, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).    

How Products are Made: Explains and details the manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, and provides related information such as the product’s background, how the item works, and who invented the product.

Minnesota Climate Data: Data sets published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help Minnesotans discover present and historical data about weather events, rainfall reports, and more. 

Minnesota Skies Star Maps: Bi-monthly published local sky watching guides from the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum.

Periodic Table of Elements: This interactive table of the elements from the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry offers information on each element including atomic data, the history of its discovery and its uses and properties.