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Library E-Resources

Science in Context
Provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics, and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes nearly 200 journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Contains 4 full encyclopedias with magazine articles, reviewed websites, homework help, an atlas, video/audio content, and much more.

Library Equipment

Library patrons are able to borrow the library's Orion telescope for a 1 week lending period! Patrons must be 18 years or older and have had a library card for 6 months or longer. Patrons accept full responsibility for the telescope and accessories while checked out, including damage and replacement.

Click here to learn more about the library's telescope program.

Please visit the Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103 to put your name on the waitlist to check out the telescope.


Note: Magazines can be checked out for 2 weeks with the exception of the most recently received issue.

  • National Geographic

  • National Wildlife

  • Popular Mechanics

  • Popular Science

  • Science News

  • Scientific American

Web Resources

Ask an Astronomer

Ask your astronomy question and get a response from the grad students and scientists at Cornell University's Astronomy Department. If you don't have a specific question in mind, browse some of the past questions and answers to increase your astronomy IQ!


How Stuff Works

Provides explanations for thousands of topics, allowing you to explore how the natural world works, as well as topics in engineering, space, technology, and physics, among many others.


Khan Academy

 "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere". With a library of thousands of videos covering everything from astronomy to physics, finance, and more. Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.


Periodical Table of Elements

Online and interactive! Has all the basic facts, atomic structure information, and related links for all of the known elements.


Contains an incredible range of information about the organization and its space explorations.

New York Times Science News

The NY Times has a special Science page that covers current scientific events about the environment and space.


NOVA is the most watched documentary series on public television and the highest rated science series on television. Each show covers a single topic shown to be of great interest to viewers in an uninterrupted, hour-long program. If you're still hungry for more information about the topic, each show has a website to accompany it that offers articles, interviews, personal essays, slide shows, 360 degree panoramas, and interactive features.

Public Library of Science (PLos)

PLoS is a nonprofit publisher of high-quality, high-profile scientific and medical journals in which scientists and physicians can publish their most important work. Because the sharing of research encourages progress, the journals are freely available to the public under the open access model with no fees for access.


One of the most popular science news sites on the web, covering breaking scientific news and the latest scientific discoveries. You can access thousands of research articles, images, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and educational videos for free without subscription fees. Updated several times daily.

Provides the ability to search over 55 scientific databases and 200 million pages of government science information and research using one query. Also serves as a gateway to thousands of other scientific websites.

Understanding Science

A fun, free resource that aims to accurately communicate what science is and how it really works. It provides "an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science." The website also provides an informative reference that allows students and the general public to accurately understand the nature of science.

Why Files

The mission of The Why Files is to explore the science, math and technology behind the news of the day, and to present those topics in a clear, accessible and accurate manner. We are based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but The Why Files covers science at all institutions that engage in scientific exploration and discovery.


World Wide Science

A global science gateway—accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases and portals.

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