Additional Database Websites




A comprehensive, non-commercial, free-access web site dedicated solely to the aviation history of North America and the airplanes that have graced our skies for more than a century.


Aeronautical Research Council Reports

The principal agency in Great Britain with a major output of reports on matters aeronautical, which existed from 1909-1979, and published reports until 1980.


Agriculture Network Information Center
AgNIC facilitates and participates in partnerships and cooperation among institutions and organizations world-wide that are committed to the identification, delivery and preservation of reliable, freely-available, evaluated, digital content and quality services for agriculture, food, and natural resources information.


Air Force History

A searchable database of historically significant U.S. Air Force documents such as unit histories, special studies, personal papers, end-of-tour reports, oral histories, interview transcripts, and more.

The American Civil War
Gathers together in one place hypertext links to the most useful identified electronic files about the American Civil War (1861-1865).

American Factfinder
Comprehensive information from the Federal Government in such areas as population, people, housing, business, maps, and more.

arXiv Search
A fully automated and searchable electronic archive for research papers. Areas covered include physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience.


ASSIST Standards
A searchable index of DOD-adopted specifications and standards. Entries provide the title, number and date of issue for each publication.


Astrophysics Data System

Provides access to abstracts from astronomical/planetary sciences/solar physics articles, space instrumentation and engineering articles, physics and geophysics articles, and abstracts from the Los Alamos preprint server. They include abstracts from all major journals, many minor journals, conference proceedings, NASA reports, and many PhD theses.


Balloon Technology Database

Database that provides access to a special collection of materials at NASA/Wallops Flight Facility related to the construction of scientific balloons.

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
A watchdog over business on behalf of consumers.

Bibliographies from MERLN Consortium members

Research guides on a wide range of military topics, including arms sales, coalition operations, diplomacy and strategic alliances, ethics and leadership, privatization, transnational crime, and war powers


Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

The Monthly Catalog, covering 1994 to present, attempts to index all the unclassified publications of federal government agencies. Site maintained by the Government Printing Office.


Center for Astrophysics Research

Scientific investigations, touching on almost all major topics in astronomy by
some 300 Smithsonian and Harvard scientists cooperating in broad programs of astrophysical research supported by Federal appropriations and University funds as well as contracts and grants from government agencies.


CIA World Factbook

provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies, but not sub national administrative units within a country.



A scientific digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.


Code of Federal Regulations

Contains the text of regulations issued by the agencies of the Federal government.


Congressional Directory

Presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats.


Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS)
Provides access to space data handling standards developed by leading space experts from 28 nations.

Cornell Library Open Access
Access to 715,570 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

Council of Science Editors

Provides an excellent collection of reference links related to scientific writing.  CSE publishes "Scientific Style and Format," the "most recognized, authoritative reference for authors, editors, publishers, students, and translators in all areas of science and related fields."  The PRS Technical Library has this book available in its REFERENCE Collection.


Chemical Propulsion Information Analysis (CPIA)

The U.S. national clearinghouse and resource center for chemical rocket propulsion technical information and research services.


Defense Science Board Publications

A listing of reports published by the Defense Science Board on pertinent DoD study areas.

Directory of Open Access Journals
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

A dictionary of military and associated terms approved for use by DoD.


DoD Information Analysis Centers

Starting point for information regarding IAC’s which are tasked to provide technical and analytical services to areas of critical interest to DoD. 


DoE Energy Citations

Provides free access to over 2.6 million science research citations from 1943 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 221,000 electronic documents  available via the database.


DoE Science Conference Proceedings

Provides access to science and technology conference proceedings and conference papers from a number of authoritative sites (professional societies and national labs, largely) whose areas of interest in the physical sciences and technology intersect those of the Department of Energy. Proceedings and papers from scientific meetings can be found in these fields, among others: particle physics, nuclear physics, chemistry, petroleum, aeronautics and astronautics, meteorology, engineering, computer science, electric power, fossil fuels.



The Scientific Technical Information Network (STINET) database provided by DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center). Includes abstracts and full text access to: DoD Index of Specifications and Standards, DOE OPENNET Database, DOE Reports Bibliographic Database, DTIC Thesaurus, DTIC U2 Technical Report Database, DoD Directives, DoD Instructions, DTIC How To Get It Directory.


Earth & Space Index   

A comprehensive collection of more than 100 years of Earth and space science research.


Encyclopedia Astronautica

History and technology of space flight, including rockets, spacecraft, launch vehicles, astronauts, cosmonauts, spaceflight, engines, space history, & exploration.


European Patents

Provides access to millions of worldwide patent applications (including English titles and abstracts). Provides access to more 150 million pages of full content documents and patents older than 1976 are retrievable.


European Space Agency

Portal to information and research conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA).


Is a new information management system that enables GPO to gather, process, preserve, archive and make U.S. government information available to the public.  The system currently provides access to more than 154,000 documents and document migration from GPO Access is expected to be completed by mid-2009 when the system will provide access to more than 300,000 documents.


Find Articles

Access to millions of articles in thousands of publications.

Good source of geological and earth science news and current events, maps and satellite images are available as well as dictionary of terms.


Google Scholar

Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.


Information Bridge: DoE Scientific & Technical Information

Provides access to full-text DOE research and development reports in physics, chemistry, biology, materials, environmental science, computer science and more.



A dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas and almanac in one.


International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Database

International Atomic Energy Agency’s reference database for scientific literature published worldwide on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.  It contains over 3 million citations and abstracts of journal articles, scientific and technical reports, conference papers, books, patents, theses, laws, regulations and standards, and web documents, covering publications in 63 languages.


Internet Public Library

A public service organization, and a learning/teaching environment. In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.


ISI Highly cited

Gives research professionals working in a variety of occupations an invaluable tool to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in recent decades.


Law Guru

A legal website, offering a variety of free services and legal information.

A directory of more than 7,000 bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries.  It can be searched by language, subject or title.


Lunar & Planetary Institute

Fosters international collaboration and to serve as a repository for information gathered during the early years of the space program.


Lunar & Planetary Science

Gateway to information gathered by NASA on lunar and planetary science.


Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Free access to Webster’s 3rd New International Dictionary, unabridged.



Medical Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.


Nanotechnology Portal

The web’s most comprehensive nanotechnology and nanoscience resources.


NASA Technical Reports

NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program's mission is to collect, archive, and disseminate NASA aerospace information, and locate domestic and international STI pertinent to NASA's missions and Strategic Enterprises.


National Renewable Energy Lab

Access to data regarding publications produced by NREL from 1977 to the present on subjects related to renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies.


National Space Science Data Center

NASA’s permanent archive for space science mission data.


National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

NTIS is the federal government's central source for the sale of scientific, technical and other information by or for the U.S. government.  More than 750,000 items (available since 1990) are searchable on this site.  Many records now include free links to the full-text publication on an agency's web site.  In 1997 NTIS began optically scanning all technical reports received.  These versions are downloadable; publications under 20 pages are free.

National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families. The NTSB investigates accidents, conducts safety studies, evaluates the effectiveness of other government agencies’ programs for preventing transportation accidents, and reviews the appeals of enforcement actions involving aviation and mariner certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), as well as the appeals of civil penalty actions taken by the FAA.

NATO Research

Promotes and conducts co-operative scientific research and exchange of technical information amongst 26 NATO nations and 38 NATO partners. 


NIST Data Gateway

Search published data from 1972 to the present by keyword, property or substance name.

NIST Virtual Library
NIST provides over 70 free online databases for the scientific community including: :
Atomic Spectra Database Ceramics WebBook; Chemical Kinetics Database; Elemental Data Index; Fundamental Physical Constants; Handbook of Basic Atomic Spectroscopic Data; MassSpectator Automated Data Analysis Tool; Property Data Summaries for Advanced Materials and Solubility Database.

Open Directory Project
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.

Patents Online

This web site has free PDF downloading and does not require download of a TIFF viewer, used by the USPTO.  On the initial text display page, click on 'View Patent Images' and then click on 'View as PDF', to get a PDF of the full patent.  Coverage is back to 1974.


Patent Scope

The WIPO Intellectual Property Digital Library provides searchable access to intellectual property data collections hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization. These collections include PCT (Patents), Madrid (Trademarks), Hague (Industrial Designs), Article 6ter (State Emblems, Official Hallmarks, and Emblems of Intergovernmental Organizations) and other collections.


Photonics Dictionary

Contains more than 6000 industry-related terms, along with acronyms, abbreviations and illustrations.


Physical Sciences Gateway (Intute)

This is a free online service providing access to web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. It covers the physical sciences, engineering, computing, geography, mathematics and environmental science.



A service of the National Library of Medicine provides access to over 11 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes hyperlinks to many NRL-subscribed-to publications at the publisher's Website providing full text articles and other related resources.

A news site that focuses on photovoltaics and solar power.


RAND Reports

Access to reports by RAND Corporation, which is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

A free web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources.


Responsive Space

Focused on the series of Responsive Space Conferences and includes an ORS Dictionary searchable by acronyms or words with links to associated sources and documents for selected entries.


Roget’s Thesaurus

A list of synonyms and antonyms will be returned for searches conducted.


Science Information

The most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 440 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.

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


Science Accelerator (DOE)

Searches science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.


Science Daily  

Provides the latest research news from around the world.


Scientific Commons

aims to "provide the most comprehensive and freely available access to scientific knowledge on the internet". Currently, it has 34,418,150 publications and links to 1,189

institutional repositories searchable by authors, titles, and keywords. It is one of the largest scientific open access websites in use by the international scientific community.  The project is hosted by the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland).


Scirus Search

Science focused search engine developed by Elsevier Science that combs the Web, both free sources and access controlled sources, to provide high quality scientific information. Search can be limited to journals or scientifically oriented Web sites and search results can be saved.


Space Weather Resources

A comprehensive listing of space weather resources available online as well as associated scientific research sites.



Web research tools, free databases and links selected by web research specialists that facilitate your research in agriculture, biology, medicine, and veterinary science.


SPIRES High Energy Physics

A joint project of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), the database allows for searching or browsing of High Energy Physics literature.  Each record provides links to references, indicates the number of times cited and links to the citing articles, and links to the publisher's full text of the article.


Thomas Register Online

A searchable index of manufacturers, distributors and service providers - from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between.

Provides citizens with easy access to government contract, grant and other award data.

Works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has made available full text of all US patents issued since January 1, 1976, and full-page images of each page of every US patent issued since 1790. They have also made the Patent Application Pre-Grant Publication Full-Text Database available since 2001. A TIFF Viewer is required to view full text and patents.

U.S. Bureau of the Census
From census to industry, geography, and more.

U.S. Government Search

The U.S. Government’s official web portal.


U.S. Government Style Manual

Authorized government printing form and style. Uses the current 29th edition (2000).


Worldwide Science Alliance

A global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals.



A free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word.


ZIP Code Search

Find a zip code for a known address.