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Interactives and games for instructional use in the classroom.

NSDL—National Science Digital Library
“NSDL is the nation’s online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

NOAA Learning Objects
Video learning objects through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

ScotGEN-Scottish Genetics Education Network
List of learning objects that advance the study of genetics in the classroom.

Bio>Alive: The Life Science Video Share
Interactive Biology Tutorials and Quizzes: Animations, 3D animations, biology, and PCR Animation.

Veterinary Food Safety Education Learning Object Repository
“This repository contains learning objects that cover the major foodborne diseases of animal origin including basics of the disease agents and pathophysiology of the diseases in animals, virtual tours of relevant food production operations, and problem-based, epidemiological cases for students to work through. They range from simple graphics or photos of agents of disease to more complex interactive, learner-centered, and clinically relevant modules, integrating all aspects of foodborne diseases.” –

Ed Tech 4 Science
Science based learning objects for instruction.

National Science Foundation
Science resources, materials, and learning objects for instructional purposes.

Scientific Literature Digital Library and Search Engine

Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System
“The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 9.0 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints. The main body of data in the ADS consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through highly customizable query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature which can be browsed or searched via our full-text search interface.”

Free Science Videos and Lectures
Science videos and lectures for instructional use.

Yale University: Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library—Learning Object Libraries
“Includes searchable databases of medical image files and simulations for download and use in the classroom.”

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
“Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth…”

Environmental Research Center Databases
“The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the Nation in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges
in the 21st century.”

ETE Relational Database and ETE DataNet
“The ETE relational database is now partially united with the Paleobiology Database Project’s (PBDB) relational database. All primary database functions (queries, entries and updates) are available through the PBDB home page. The new combined database compiles information from the terrestrial and marine record, but lacks some of the data fields present in the original ETE database. ETE is currently updating and revising its database and web interfaces. Descriptions and a schema of the original ETE database are provided in the ETE Database Manual.”

Air and Space Museum Archives
“The Archives Division’s collections span the history of flight from ancient times to the present day and include a wide range of visual and textual materials – over 12,000 cubic feet of documents, including over 900 individual collections, 2 million photographs, 9.5 million feet of motion picture film and 3,500 hours of video, and over 2 million technical drawings.” -Air and Space Museum

Archives of American Gardens
“The Archives of American Gardens (AAG) currently documents over 6,350 gardens throughout the United States from 1870s to the present. The bulk of the Archives consist of photographic images, it also includes a wide range of written documentation, drawings, plans and business files. Garden files include correspondence, articles, bibliographic citations and garden documentation forms completed by researchers. “

Astrophysical Observatory Archives and Services
“Welcome to the CfA’s resource page for researchers. These links to CfA sites provide access for the astronomical community to a variety of sources, including current research data and facilities as well as archival material.”

Web resources for all disciplines.

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Digital repository of Earth System Education objects.

Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library (GROW)
Geotechnical learning object repository.

Informing Science Institute Learning Objects Repository
“Informing Science Institute (ISI) is an organization of colleagues helping colleagues. We draw together people who teach, research, and use information technologies to inform clients (regardless of academic discipline) to share their knowledge with others.”

Organic ePrints
“Organic Eprints is an international open access archive for papers and projects related to research in organic food and farming. The archive contains full-text papers in electronic form together with bibliographic information, abstracts and other metadata. It also offers information on organisations, projects and facilities in the context of organic farming research.”

Neurobiology Learning Objects
“Animated Modules for Instructional Use by Faculty (and Students).”

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