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Searchable Databases and Electronic Resources

APIRS Online, the database of aquatic, wetland and invasive plants
APIRS (Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System) is a free online resource devoted to freshwater aquatic and wetland plants, as well as terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants. The database includes annotated citations for more than 65,000 research articles, books and reports about plant ecology, physiology, utilization and control. It includes items in many languages dating back to the 18th century.

AQUAPLANT: A pond manager diagnostics tool
Aquatic vegetation management can be perplexing. AQUAPLANT is designed to help pond owners with identifying and managing aquatic vegetation. Management of most aquatic plant species depends on properly identifying the desirable or nuisance plant. The site includes both a plant identification section and information on management options.

ARM Publications Database
The ARM Publications Database is a bibliographic reference tool for the ARM Climate Research Facility and its user community. This tool provides easy access to information about journal articles, technical reports, and conference proceedings published by ARM users and infrastructure staff members. It also lists journal articles in which the authors acknowledge using ARM data or ARM Climate Research Facility sites in their research.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications provides an index to print and electronic publications created by Federal agencies. When available, links are provided to the full-text of these publications.

CRIS (Current Research Information System)
CRIS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) computer-based documentation and reporting system for ongoing agricultural, food and nutrition, biological, and forestry research. CRIS is designed to provide ready access to information about research conducted primarily within the USDA/state agricultural research system. CRIS also contains research information on projects conducted by the USGS Biological Resources Discipline (BRD).

The Dictionary of Forestry
The Dictionary of Forestry is a revision of the 1971 Terminology of Forest Science, Technology, Practice, and Products, published by the Society of American Foresters and edited by F.C. Ford-Robertson under the authorization of the Joint FAO/IUFRO Committee on Forest Bibliography and Terminology. The dictionary seeks to strike a balance between being too inclusive and being too exclusive of both general and specialist terms.

Duckdata, a bibliographic database of North American waterfowl (Anatidae) and their wetland habitats
DUCKDATA provides a comprehensive bibliography of published literature on the ecology, conservation, and management of North American waterfowl and their wetland habitats. The database also includes selected authoritative references on wetland ecosystems.

DTIC Search (Defense Technical Information Center)
DTIC Search provides access to Defense information through three search options: DTIC Science and Technology (S&T), all DoD Web Sites, and DoD Wide Science and Technology.

Energy Citations Database (1948 – Present)
Energy Citations includes bibliographic records of literature in disciplines of interest to the Department of Energy such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Energy Information Portal
The Energy Information Portal is a gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

EPA IPB (Information Products Bulletin)
IPB provides a central access point on EPA's Web site for information about upcoming significant EPA information products. It identifies opportunities to provide comments and other feedback during the development of some of these products.

EPA NEPIS (National Environmental Publications Information System)
NEPIS, EPA's largest electronic documents site allows users to search, view, and print, including full images of all original pages and full-text, from a collection of over 11,000 archival and current documents. The collection may include documents that are no longer available in print form. (To search the database, click on the search links on the left side bar.)

Fire Ecology Database
The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is comprised of bibliographic citations to a broad collection of fire ecology literature. All papers from the Proceedings of the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conferences, 1-21, are in the database and include an abstract for each entry. The NWRC library has many of the conference proceedings and papers listed in the database.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
FEIS summarizes and synthesizes research about the biology and ecology of living organisms in the United States and their relationship to fire. The database contains literature reviews of almost 900 plant species, about 100 animal species, and 16 Kuchler plant communities found on the North American continent. The emphasis of each review is fire and how it affects each species. Background information on taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and ecology of each species is also included. Reviews are thoroughly documented, and each contains a complete bibliography.

Forest Service Publications, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
The site provides access to USDA Forest Service Publications and includes links to many full-text documents. FS publications fall into a few broad categories: administrative, general, and research publications.

Forest Service Directives
The Forest Service Directive System consists of the Forest Service Manual and Handbooks, which codify the agency's policy, practice, and procedure. The system serves as the primary basis for the internal management and control of all programs and the primary source of administrative direction to Forest Service employees.

Southern Research Station Publications
SRS database links to research publications available in electronic format. SRS includes publications from the Southern Research Station, Southern Forest Experiment Station, and Southeastern Forest Experiment Station.

Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is an individual-tree, distance-independent, growth and yield model. It has been calibrated for specific geographic areas (variants) of the United States. FVS can simulate a wide range of silvicultural treatments for most major forest tree species, forest types, and stand conditions.

Galveston Bay Bibliography
The Bay Bib contains more than 6000 references to works concerning historical as well as up-to-date research and issues of importance to Galveston Bay. The bibliography refers to published and unpublished reports, books, videos, photographs, charts and maps, computer files, journal articles, press releases, manuscripts, etc. Included in the collection is the Galveston Bay Estuary Program series, published by the Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

GCMD (Global Change Master Directory)
The Global Change Master Directory is a comprehensive directory of information about Earth science data, including a broad coverage of global warming, the oceans, atmosphere, hydrosphere, solid earth, biosphere and human dimensions of global change.

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), United States and Its Territories
GNIS contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and its territories. It identifies the federally recognized name of each feature and references each feature’s location by state, county, and geographic coordinates. GNIS is our Nation's official repository of domestic geographic names information.

GNIS Antarctica
GNIS contains information on geographic names in Antarctica which are approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), for use by the Federal Government.

GeoNet Names Server
Information about foreign geographic feature names can be obtained from the GeoNet Names Server (GNS), developed and maintained by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network)
The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) web server provides germplasm information about plants, animals, microbes and invertebrates. This program is within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
The GRIN database is a source of information on 461,000 germplasm accessions of the USDA, ARS. The taxonomic portion of GRIN provides the classification and nomenclature for these genetic resources and many other economic plants on a worldwide basis. Included are scientific names for 18,800 genera (14,000 accepted) and 79,600 species or infraspecies (48,800 accepted) with common names, geographical distributions, literature references, and economic impacts.

IngentaConnect provides an index to academic and professional research articles, books, and statistics. The database includes abstracts from 19 million articles from 29,500 publications, including 8,000 online.

IPNI (International Plant Names Index)
The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked.

ITIS, Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS provides reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification. The database includes documented taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

ITIS Hierarchical Report
Feature allows users to view a listing, from a single kingdom, of scientific names in hierarchical order. This report includes point-and-click retrieval of information associated with each scientific name in the output.

The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Task Force Web site (LaCoast) contains information and links relating to restoration projects in coastal Louisiana. The site is funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) and is hosted by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Scientific Publications Office (SPO)
The NMFS SPO site includes links to the Fishery Bulletin, Marine Fisheries Review, and technical reports. Many records are linked to full-text documents. Information on ordering publications is included.

National Park Service IRMA (Integrated Resource Management Applications)
Search data and information related to National Park Service natural and cultural resources. IRMA allows users to search, view, download, and print information from multiple sources and systems, all from a consistent user interface. No logins or passwords are required.

NCU (Names in current use)
The printed edition of NCU-3 was published in 1993 by Koeltz Scientific Books for the International Association for Plant Taxonomy as vol. 129 of the Regnum Vegetabile series. The introduction by Werner Greuter outlines the principles that continue to govern the format of the database edition. The database has been generated from word processor files used for producing the camera-ready copy of the printed volume of NCU-3.

New York Botanical Garden International Plant Science Center
The site provides access to the herbarium collections housed in the International Plant Science Center, bibliographic records of books and serials held in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, location and accession information regarding NYBG living collections, and valuable references.

Index to American Botanical Literature The Index contains entries dealing with various aspects of extant and fossil American plants and fungi, including systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany (publications dealing with botanists, herbaria, etc.). The database includes botanical literature appearing since late 1995. "America" is defined in the broadest possible sense, encompassing land and marine plants and fungi from Greenland to Antarctica. American territory outside this area, e.g., Hawaii, is not included.

Index Herbariorum
A detailed directory of the public herbaria of the world and their associated staff members. Included in the database is information for 3,293 herbaria in 168 countries and 10,060 staff members associated with these herbaria. Information contained in the database includes acronyms, addresses, contact information, and notes.

Living Collections of Multiple Botanical Institutions
A resource allowing users to search scientific and common names of living collections from multiple botanical institutions from the United States and Europe simultaneously. Users are able to obtain accession and location information.

NYBG Living Collections
A resource allowing users to search scientific and common names for the Garden's living plant collections to obtain accession numbers and Ground's location.

Virtual Herbarium
The Virtual Herbarium is the electronic gateway to the collections of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium. All plant groups--flowering plants, conifers, ferns, mosses, liverworts, and algae, as well as fungi and lichens --are represented in the Herbarium collection, which is particularly strong in New World specimens. The digital collections, comprising approximately 850,000 herbarium specimens and 120,000 high-resolution specimen images, are updated daily.

NREL Publications (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
NREL's Publications Database contains references to documents written and/or edited by staff and subcontractors of NREL. The bibliographic database covers subjects related to sustainable energy technologies from 1977 to the present, and includes NREL technical reports, fact sheets, brochures, videos, books, journal articles, conference papers, patents, and exhibits. Selected publications are available in full-text online.

NTRS: NASA Technical Reports Server
Database provides public access to unlimited/unrestricted NASA and NACA reports and journal articles, many available as full-text, searchable PDF files. Advanced searches include non-NASA archives.

NWISWeb Data for the Nation (water resources data)
NWISWeb provides access to water resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The database includes (1) surface water, groundwater, and water quality data measured daily or more frequently, (2) annual peak values and peaks above a base flow for stream flow stations, (3) chemical analyses for surface and groundwater sites, (4) geologic and inventory data for groundwater sites, and (5) water use summary data.

NWRC Spatial Data and Metadata Server
The NWRC Spatial Data and Metadata Server (SDMS) provides access to the USGS National Wetland Research Center’s (NWRC) geospatially referenced data, much of which is biological in nature. SDMS includes databases, metadata, maps, tools, and other related resources. The site represents NWRC's commitment to data accessibility and the requirements of Executive Order 12906. NWRC documents existing and newly developed data using specific content standards for metadata, and ensures that these metadata are electronically accessible.

OSTI, Office of Scientific and Technical Information
At OSTI, users can search vast collections of Department of Energy (DOE) research results, find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search e-prints, sign up for alerts, find science conference papers and proceedings, connect with national laboratory education sites, and more.

PLANTS The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results. It includes annotated links to Biology & Nature, Earth & Ocean Sciences, and Natural Resources & Conservation.

ScienceBase Catalog
ScienceBase provides a data cataloging and collaborative data management platform for USGS scientists and partners. ScienceBase has a central search and discovery application along with web services that facilitate other applications. Research communities can set up their own "virtual catalogs" that contain items of particular importance to their work.

STORET, EPA's largest computerized environmental data system
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains two data management systems containing water quality information for the nation's waters: the Legacy Data Center (LDC), and STORET. The LDC is a static, archived database and STORET is an operational system being actively populated with water quality data. The LDC contains historical water quality data dating back to the early part of the 20th century and collected up to the end of 1998. STORET contains data collected beginning in 1999, along with older data that has been properly documented and migrated from the LDC. Both systems contain raw biological, chemical, and physical data on surface and ground water collected by federal, state and local agencies, Indian Tribes, volunteer groups, academics, and others. All 50 States, territories, and jurisdictions of the U.S. are represented in these systems.

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO)
GCRIO provides access to data and information on climate change research, adaptation/mitigation strategies and technologies, and global change-related educational resources on behalf of the various US Federal Agencies involved in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

USGS FAQs - United States Geological Survey Frequently Asked Questions
The USGS FAQ database contains hundreds of answers to frequently asked questions on a wide range of natural science topics.

USGS National Water Quality Assessment Bibliography
USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Bibliography provides access to reports from the NAWQA study units. The bibliography is available both in .pdf and .html format.

Wetland Restoration Bibliography
The bibliography is intended to provide scientists, managers, educational institutions (or students), and policy-makers with ready access to current information on wetland restoration.

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