Science & Mathematics


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General Science Sites

Web resourceEurekAlert! Reference Desk

This website links to glossaries and dictionaries from several scientific disciplines including business and economics, earth science, education, health, ethics, technology, and more.

Web resourceHow Stuff Works

Created by author and former professor of computer science Marshall Brain, this site provides explanations of how many things work including VCRs, web pages, and smoke detectors.

Web resourceSciCentral

Maintained by scientists and covering one-hundred twenty specialties in science, medical research, and engineering, contains  resources for students, scientists, and those in between.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardScience Online from Facts on File

Science Online contains scientific information for students in all areas of science. Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentsUse this resource to find science experiments, videos, diagrams, articles, and biographies of famous scientists.

Web is a gateway to reliable science and technology information from many United States government agencies. Resources includes technical fact sheets, reports, journal citations, databases, and links to United States government websites.

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Web resourceNorth American Skies

View a sky chart of the stars and planets in the night sky as viewed from North America in mid-month. The sky chart is updated monthly.

Web resourceSky & Telescope

This site contains updated information on astral and planetary viewing including astronomy tips and a customizable sky chart.

Web resourceU.S. Naval Observatory - Astronomical Applications Data Services

Use this website to find information about sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset for locations around the world. Additional resources include eclipse information and other astronomical data.

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Web resourceAll About Birds

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this site provides a guide to observing and identifying birds and contains a detailed guide to individual species.

Web resourceAnatomy of the Human Body from

The online version of the classic 1918 publication, Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, contains over 1,200 engravings—many in color—and a subject index with 13,000 entries.

Web resourceAnimal Diversity Web

From the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, this site is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals.

Web resourceAtlas of the Body from the American Medical Association

Browse this atlas of the human body by major section (brain, circulatory system, muscles, respiratory system, nervous system, female reproductive system) or by subsections, such as the hand or skull.

Web resourceeNature

From the National Audubon Society, this website contains field guides covering 4,800 plants and animals. Use the ZipGuides feature to enter a zip code and find information about animals within a specific area.

Web resourceFishBase

This database contains information about more than 25,000 species of fish.


An online guide to insects with articles and pictures of selected insects along with links to other insect related websites.

Web resourcePlants Database

From the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, this website contains detailed information and  photographs of thousands of plants native to the United States and its territories.

Web resourceTom Volk's Fungi

This site contains photographs and detailed information about thousands of species of fungi from around the world.

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Web resourceChemInfo Chemical Information Sources

From Indiana University, this site is a guide to chemistry resources on the Web.

Web resourceNIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG)

From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, this site compiles general information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

Web resourcePeriodic Table of the Elements

Provided by Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Division, this interactive Periodic Table of the Elements includes detailed information about each element. Other resources include instructions for using the Periodic Table, Mendeleev's original Periodic Table, and a downloadable version of the entire website.

Web resourceWebElements Periodic Table Professional Edition

This detailed guide to the elements and the periodic table includes images and crystal structure. The site also maintains a Scholar Edition of the Periodic Table especially for students.

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Web resourceConvert-It!

This collection of conversion tables will help you "convert just about anything to anything": volume, area, energy, length, mass, pressure, temperature, velocity, and more.

Web resourceMegaConverter2

This website provides an ever-growing set of weight, measure, and unit conversion/calculation modules.


This site provides conversions for over five thousand different units in twenty-nine different categories.

Web resourcetime and

This site provides information on time zones for individual cities in the world and includes a time zone converter. It also offers a guide to Daylight Savings Time.

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Web resourceEarth 911

Use this website to find the nearest recycling centers for various products.

Web resourceRight to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets

From the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, this site contains detailed descriptions of hundreds of hazardous substances.

Web resourceSolid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

This site contains information on materials and locations for recycling in the Skokie area.

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Web resourceEarthquake Hazards Program

From the U.S. Geological Survey, this site contains information on earthquake activity across the United States and includes a list of significant earthquakes around the world.

Web resourceGlobal Volcanism Program

From the National Museum of Natural History, this site provides information about volcanoes from around the world and their activity.

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This detailed site offers explanations, examples, and formulas for all types and levels of mathematics. 

Web resourceMathWorld

MathWorld is a comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, math enthusiasts, and researchers.

Web resourcePurplemath

An online tutorial for mathematics emphasizing algebra and word problems.

Web resourceWebmath

This website contains a collection of interactive "problem solver" tools to help you find explanations for how to perform easy to complex mathematical operations.

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Web resourceNational Weather Service Forecast Office: Chicago

Find current Chicago-area weather conditions and forecasts at the National Weather Service website. Other resources include weather summaries, sunrise and sunset times, temperature extremes, and daily weather statistics.

Web resourceUSA TODAY Weather

From the USA Today website, find current weather conditions and forecasts from around the globe. The site also includes a weather almanac.

Web resourceWeather Underground

Search this website for detailed weather information and historical reports for over sixty thousand United States and international cities.


From The Weather Channel, this website provides a quick check to find United States weather forecasts by city and global forecasts by country.

Web resourceWorldClimate

The WorldClimate database contains over 85,000 records of historical weather averages from a wide range of sources, allowing you to find out "what the weather is normally like" in thousands of cities around the world. WorldClimate does not provide current weather forecasts or reports.

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