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Student Research Center Interface (TexShare)

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Provider: EBSCO
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Descriptions: Student Research Center is an interface for young researchers. Students can search by keyword or topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by resource type: magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.  Search results can be filtered according to three age groups, ranging from elementary to 12th grade level.
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Internet Archive

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Provider: Internet Archive (nonprofit organization)
Descriptions: The Internet Archive, a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts, holds a great many free diversions, and many of these are educational-- full-text books, university lectures, music, films, photography and software. There is also the Wayback Machine, for viewing earlier versions of websites: "Browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago." In collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, Internet Archive now also provides free access to more than a million books for blind, sight-impaired and dyslexic readers.
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Plants Database

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Provider: Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA)
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Descriptions: "The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references."
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GPO Access (Government Printing Office)

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Provider: U.S. Government Printing Office
Descriptions: The GPO Access site has been replaced by FDsys.
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World Digital Library

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Provider: Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Descriptions: Initiated as a joint project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and launched in 2009, the World Digital Library is a curated collection of a variety of digitized items- books, art, film, periodicals and more, many of them considered primary source materials- representing the cultural identities and histories of UNESCO's member nations through every branch of learning. In the initial exploration one can view thumbnails of content according to time, place, topic, item type or institution.
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Wikimedia Commons

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Provider: Wikimedia
Descriptions: A database of nearly 4 million freely usable images and other media files. The majority of those not in the public domain are under Creative Commons or GNU licenses; explanations and guidance are provided. In addition, anyone can contribute images.
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What’s in the Food You Eat

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Provider: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Descriptions: Contains nutrient profiles and calorie counts for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S.
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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
Descriptions: The USGS researches, monitors trends, and provides impartial scientific information on geologic topics, from Earth's ecosystems and environment to natural hazards like volcano and earthquake activity, floods, storms and drought, to the impacts of climate and land-use change on natural resources, to the geomagnetic field and meteorite activity.
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Tech Terms Computer Dictionary

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Provider: TechTerms.com
Descriptions: "The Tech Terms Dictionary is a constantly growing collection of computer and technology terms. Each definition is written in a way that is easy for the reader to understand and serves to explain the term, not just define it." Search by term, "tech factor" or category-- Internet, Software, Hardware. An acronym section is also included. Note: Terms of Use are posted for this copyrighted website. Copying definitions or explanations for any but personal use is prohibited.
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FedStats

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Provider: FedStats
Descriptions: From health to forests, food consumption to criminal justice, this is an invaluable, user-friendly gateway to hundreds of government and agency sources for U.S. statistical data accessible by topic, geographic location, or federal agency. Links to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, also.
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FDsys

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Provider: U.S. Government Printing Office
Descriptions: In Beta stage at this writing, FDsys is the new Government Printing Office (GPO) website, which will soon contain all the information from the old GPO site and will incorporate more up-to-date features, like the capability to search all content from a single search box. Presidential documents are posted here, often within days of their inception. This is the best location for finding Congressional bills, documents, hearings and reports, as well as the Congressional Record.
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Famous Quotes and Authors

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Provider: Famous Quotes and Authors.com
Descriptions: A pleasant presentation of more than 25,000 quotes from more than 6,700 well-known authors. Search by topic, author, keywords, popularity... add an RSS feed for the Quote of the Day, or click to read a quotation at random. Disadvantage: the site is increasingly accompanied by advertising.
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WolframAlpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

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Provider: Wolfram Alpha, LLC
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Descriptions: WolframAlpha is a computational database/search engine that interprets natural language queries, returning dynamic answers. Although still in development, it currently "...contains 10+ trillion pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains." Enter a food item, and the engine generates a page of its nutritional, caloric, vitamin, mineral and physical properties. Input any integer for information about its forms, qualities and expressions. Explore a surname or given name-- view, among other data, its trend in popularity from the 1890's to the present. Input a disease name, and generate a series of graphs illustrating prevalence, average age of onset, sex distribution, medical coverage and more. Use the disease name as a cause of death, and mortality statistics are presented. Apps are now available to download for use with iPhone, iPad and Android.
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CyberCemetery

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Provider: University of North Texas Libraries/U.S. Government Printing Office
Descriptions: The CyberCemetery was established in 1997 to archive the websites of U.S. Government agencies, committees, commissions, departments etc. that would otherwise have disappeared from the Internet when the organizations became defunct. It also serves as a depository for content of more enduring government websites that is either eliminated or replaced by each new administration. Search or browse this collection of agencies, etc. by name, date of expiration or branch of government, or use keywords in the search box.
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CalculateMe

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Provider: www.calculateme.com
Descriptions: This website provides quick weight, measure and currency conversions.
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Bartleby.com

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Provider: Bartleby.com
Descriptions: A source for quick reference containing encyclopedias, an English dictionary, references for quotations, thesauri, and full text of numerous out-of-copyright works of poetry, literature and nonfiction.
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Symbols.com: Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms

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Provider: HME Publishing
Descriptions: By entering parameters defining key characteristics of a symbol, the user can search for the meaning of a symbol and also link to further information about the symbol's origins and related symbols. To find a symbol that expresses a specific meaning, search by keyword in the on-site Google box, or use the word index provided.
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Smithsonian Institution

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Provider: Smithsonian Institution
Descriptions: The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization, composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.
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NationMaster.com

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Provider: Luke Metcalfe and Rapid Intelligence Pty. Ltd.
Descriptions: This is a site that compiles statistical and demographic data on many topics for international comparison. The data are from authenticated, cited sources. "NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. ...you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."
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National Weather Service Forecast Office – Houston/Galveston, Texas

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Provider: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Descriptions: This is the National Weather Service page for our area. Contains various types of forecasts, imagery, tropical weather updates and more.
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National Science Foundation

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Provider: National Science Foundation
Descriptions: The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers full grant-funding information to the research community- from opportunity, to application deadline, to awards. NSF policy on data sharing and data management are also provided here. Those seeking grant information may want to go straight to the Site Map for faster navigation to their areas of interest. The NSF funds approximately 10,000 new scientific grant awards annually for research in a variety of scientific fields. To the general public, the NSF site provides a multimedia gallery of news, speeches and lectures, special reports and overviews of NSF research.
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American FactFinder

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Provider: U.S. Census Bureau
Descriptions: Contains population, economic, housing and geographic data based on the latest Decennial Census. Includes interactive maps, downloadable summaries, reports and useful links to related information.
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American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Facts

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Provider: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Descriptions: The AAMC posts online some of the useful data it gathers on US medical education-- enrollment, matriculation and residency applicants by school, specialty and gender. Links are provided for purchase of its other indispensable data compilations. "Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions."
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Global Ethics Observatory

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Provider: UNESCO
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Descriptions: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) provides a very spare search page of six databases on ethics worldwide: who's who, institutions, teaching programs, legislation and guidelines, codes of conduct, and ethics resources. In each section the search can be narrowed according to several categories of criteria, each with a drop-down menu. The site also features an interactive map for searching by geographic location.
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NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

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Provider: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Descriptions: NASA's fascinating website shares a wealth of information with the public, using multimedia formats, on NASA's past, current and future research and space missions.
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Merriam-Webster OnLine

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Provider: Merriam-Webster
Descriptions: "The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. The online dictionary includes the main A-Z listing of the Collegiate Dictionary, as well as the Abbreviations, Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical Names, and Geographical Names sections of that book."
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Math.com: The World of Math Online

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Provider: math.com
Descriptions: This site offers handy access to calculations, conversions, definitions, a glossary, games, formulas and tables, study and practice resources- and also links to other sources of math-related help and information.
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ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information System

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Provider: ITIS.gov
Descriptions: "Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world... The ITIS is the result of a partnership of federal agencies formed to satisfy their mutual needs for scientifically credible taxonomic information."
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IPL2: Information You Can Trust

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Provider: Drexel University, Florida State University, members of the IPL2 Consortium
Descriptions: This resource is the result of a merger between the Librarians' Internet Index and the Internet Public Library. Lists of authoritative websites selected by librarians and arranged by subject areas.
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American Film Scripts Online

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Provider: Alexander Street Press
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Descriptions: An archive of full-text movie scripts written between 1920 and the present. Still a collection in progress with many coverage gaps among well-known films.
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JSTOR, the Scholarly Journal Archive

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Provider: JSTOR/UT Digital Library
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Descriptions: The JSTOR archive contains the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals in multiple disciplines, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600's. New titles and disciplines are added regularly. Collections in the following disciplines are available to our users: Arts and Sciences; Biological Sciences; Business; Ecology & Botany; Health & General Sciences; and Language & Literature.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Provider: Gale/UT System Digital Library
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Descriptions: This is a large collection (approx. 150 titles) of Reference e-Books that can be searched simultaneously as a database, or singly. GVRL offers access to a wide spectrum of disciplines in multi-volume encyclopedias and other reference books, each focusing on an overview or an aspect of arts and humanities, medicine, social and "hard" sciences. These are works published by Gale and other well-known publishers, for instance Wiley, Cambridge University Press and MacMillan. A Merriam-Webster dictionary is also provided.
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