Science & Technology

Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier – Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, the MasterFILE Premier database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications including hundreds of popular magazines such as Consumer ReportsGood Housekeeping, and People, as well as full text for nearly 500 reference books. Also included are 165,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags.

Open Resources (no login required)


Animal Diversity Web – Searchable database from the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology.

Biology BrowserFind links to current science news stories, relevant web sites, and more.

Canadian Museum of Nature’s “Natural History Notebooks” – Facts about over 200 animal species, including a section on endangered animals.

Endangered Animals

E-Fauna BC – Electronic atlas of the wildlife of British Columbia.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online – Comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information.

North American Mammals – From the Smithsonian Institution.

Pets and Animals – Dozens of links to information on animals, including pets.

Vancouver Island Birds – Since 2004, an on-going project by amateur photographer Mike Yip. More than 100 birds; plus birding journals, prime locations, tips, news, and events.

World Wildlife Fund


NASA: Find it on the NASA web – U.S. space agency.

Nine Planets – Tour of the solar system.

Virtual Astronomy, Astrophysics: Martindale’s The Reference Desk


E-Flora BC – Electronic atlas of the plants of British Columbia.


Human Genome Project Information

eNature.com – Online Field Guides show pictures of species.

Scitable – A free online teaching/learning portal combining high quality educational articles with technology-based community features to fuel a global exchange of scientific insights, teaching practices, and study resources. Currently contains scientist-authored educational articles in the fields of genetics, cell biology and ecology.


Chemistry – Subjects from About.com.

Virtual Chemistry Center: Martindale’s The Reference Desk – Scroll down for topics.


eFunda: the ultimate online reference for engineers – Basic reference for engineering and mathematics.

Virtual Engineering Resource: Martindale’s The Reference Desk – Scroll down for topics.

Virtual Materials Center: Martindale’s The Reference Desk

The-Blueprints.com – a website dedicated to collecting 3/4/5-view drawings, templates and blueprints for as many objects as possible.

General Science

New Scientist – Late-breaking science news.

SciCentral – Gateway to the scientific research news sources and databases.

Science News Online

The Why Files – Science behind current news stories, from the U. of Wisconsin.


BC Mineral Exploration and Mining

Earthquakes Canada – From Natural Resources Canada, Earth Sciences Sector

Virtual Geoscience Center: Martindale’s The Reference Desk


Math.com – Each branch explained.

Virtual Mathematics Center: Martindale’s The Reference Desk


Fundamental Physical Constants: NIST Reference

Virtual Physics Center: Martindale’s The Reference Desk


CBC Weather

Environment Canada Weather Office

Sunrise/Sunset Tables – Calculator for Canadian locations.

Weather around the world with Yahoo

The Weather Network Current Weather

World Climate Data – Historical averages.