R. NATURAL SCIENCES
R1. Applied Science & Technology Abstracts. Available through TexShare.
This database provides indexing for periodical articles 1983 to date and abstracts for periodical articles 1933 to date. Areas covered include acoustics, aeronautics, chemistry, computers, engineering, geology, and waste management. It should be noted that the materials covered are more advanced than that found in the general periodical indexes.
R2. General Science Resources. (www.educationindex.com/gensci)
R3. Exploratorium: Ten Cool Sites: General Science. (www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/cool/general.html)
These two sites provide links to dozens of general science sites that have special educational value. Examples include: Dinosaurs Online, History of Science, National Geographic Online, and National Network of Science and Technology.
R4. Larousse Dictionary of Scientists. Ed. by Hazel Muir. Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 1996. 608p. (2pa.)
This volume includes biographical profiles and summaries of achievements for 2,200 scientists from throughout the world and for all periods of time.
R5. Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science. DK Publishing, 1998. 448p. (3)
The concise, well-written text provides an overview of all major areas of science. The strength of the volume is in its fascinating images—1,400 color photographs and 200 other illustrations, each accompanied by clear, concise explanations. Even the most complex subjects are made to be understandable. The work is simple enough for children but also includes advanced information suitable for adults.
R6. Enchanted Learning. (www.enchantedlearning.com/subject/Astronomy)
This comprehensive site about space and astronomy is for all ages and levels of comprehension. It allows users to start at a basic level on each topic and then progress to more advanced information.
R7. A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. 4th ed. Jay M. Pascachoff. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. 528p. (3, 2pa.)
For amateurs and experienced observers, this field guide includes 72 star maps, 50 atlas charts, dazzling celestial photographs from NASA, and timely astronomical information. Sections included are the solar eclipses, phases of the moon, positions of the planets, and more. Updates are through 2010.
R8. NASA. (www.nasa.gov)
This extensive site offers text and images concerning exploration of the universe. It includes links to educational resources and other tools for educators and students.
R9. Birds of Texas: A Field Guide. John H., Rappole. Texas A&M Press, 1994. (1pa.)
An introductory and ready reference work, this guide provides detailed information on bird watching—identification, habitat preferences, voice, seasonal occurrence, abundance, and distribution. There are some 600 color photographs plus maps to show precise locations.
R10. The Sibley Guide to Birds. David Allen Sibley. Knopf, 2000. 544p. (3)
David Sibley, the foremost authority and bird painter today, provides a wealth of information on birds, supported by beautiful watercolor illustrations—6,600 covering 810 species. The work provides detailed differences in similar birds and plumage variations by age, sex, and geography. There also are detailed range maps and maps providing migration routes. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America: Revised and Updated, 3rd ed. by John L. Dunn (National Geographic Society, 1999.) is another highly recommended work.
R11. Texas Parks & Wildlife Adventure. Birding in Texas. (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/nature/birding/)
The Internet is well endowed with birding sites. This one provides a wide variety of information on birding in Texas, such as birding trails and guides, rare bird information, endangered and threatened birds, and how to obtain checklists. There also are a number of regional sites such as North Central Texas Birds at www.nctexasbirds.com/ and South Texas Birds at www.southtexasbirds.com/. The Peterson Online Birds at http://petersononline.com/birds/ provides links to sites of interest to bird watchers.
R12. Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals. John O. Whitaker, Jr. Knopf, 1996. 937p. (2)
The first portion of this field guide contains 375 color plates of animals, arranged by type, with captions giving measurements. The second half provides descriptions of the animals, giving information such as habitat, range, tracks, and feeding habits. Range maps are included.
R13. EBSCO Animals. Available through TexShare.
Indexing, abstracting, and full-text records provide in-depth information describing the nature and habitat of familiar animals.
R14. The Mammals of Texas – Online Edition. (www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/)
This site contains the complete text and graphics from the classic work The Mammals of Texas by William B. Davis and David J. Schmidly, first published in 1947 and reissued by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in 1994. It provides distribution, physical characteristics, and life histories for 181 species of Texas mammals, along with photographs, distribution maps, and identification keys.
R15. The Essential Visual Guide to Snakes of the World. Chris Mattison and Christopher Mattison. DK Publishing, 1999. 192p. (3)
Although intended for children, this guide is useful to adults as well. It provides concise information ranging from facts to myths on well-known as well as more obscure snakes. The full-color illustrations are outstanding.
R16. Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History. John E. Werler and James Ray Dixon. University of Texas Press, 2000. 544p. (5)
Texas, with 109 species and sub-species, has a greater diversity of snakes than any other state. This work, by two of the state’s most respected herpetologists, provides well-written accounts of each giving appearance, look-alikes, size, habitat, feeding, and reproduction. Range maps, as well as color photographs and finely detailed line drawings are provided for each species. Field Guide to Common Texas Snakes by Alan Tennant (Lone Star books, 2002. ) also is recommended.
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