Oxford Research Encyclopedias

http://oxfordre.com/

If you are researching an unfamiliar topic and seek peer-reviewed material, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias may be a good resource.  From the site:

“The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic.

Designed to inform academic research at all levels, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias will be a constantly growing and evolving reference source. Each subject goes beyond the basic facts to contextualize topics within existing scholarship and help pave the way to deeper engagement and inquiry.”

Several different subject areas are covered, from African History to Religion, and from the link above you search the topic on the right hand side of the site.  Once you choose a link you are directed to an entire site dedicated in great detail to the topic.  One drawback to the site is that some of the information may only be accessed via subscription, though there is some free content as well.

WorldWideScience.org

From Library Journal:

http://worldwidescience.org

“Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information, this ‘Global Science Gateway’ allows one to search across 28 scientific databases from 18 countries.  An international collaboration, the site provides access to published research findings in energy, medicine, agriculture, environment, and the basic sciences.”  Simply type your query into the search blank to access information from all 28 databases.

Update:  The database has expanded to include 32 national databases and access to portals in 44 countries. [6/16/08]

Update: “Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages.” [7/8/10]

Science Videos Search Engine

http://sciencehack.com/

Science Hack is a search engine for science videos, which can be very helpful for students working on science projects.  Fields covered include: Chemistry, Physics, Space, Psychology, Computer Science, Robotics, Biology, Mathematics, Nature and more.  The site states that each video is screened by a scientist to verify accuracy and quality.

Greener Buildings

www.greenerbuildings.com

Greener Buildings “is a free, Web-based resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success.”  This site will also be useful for consumers who are interested in building a new home, remodeling or creating an addition.  In the resources section, check out the backgrounders, case studies and tools.