Science Resources

Science Resources


Science Pulse
A social listening tool designed to bridge the gap between journalists and scientists within social media platforms. The main goal is to help journalists find trending scientific content.

An editorially independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit service for journalists and scientists. Its goal is to help get more science into news stories. It connects reporters quickly to scientific experts and validated evidence. It work with scientists to amplify their expertise and help them give voice to the facts. It’s fully funded by philanthropies, and everything it does is free.

The Journalist’s Resource: Reporting on Scientific Failures and Holding the Science Community Accountable

GIJN: Data Tools and Tips for Investigating Climate Change


Poynter: 7 Tips for Conducting Better Interviews with Scientists

Nieman Reports: What Every Journalist Should Know About Science

Poynter: Four Essential Questions to Ask About Scientific Studies

Poynter: How to Make Sense of Numbers in Science and Health Reports

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature.

Steven Goforth: Top Science News Sites

SciCheck’s SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. It was launched in January 2015 with a grant from the Stanton Foundation. The foundation was founded by the late Frank Stanton, president of CBS for 25 years, from 1946 to 1971.

Retraction Watch
Center for Scientific Integrity site tracks and retractions in the science community.


The Food and Environment Reporting Network
Claims to be an independent, non-profit news organization that does investigative work on agriculture, environmental health and food.
This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.

Heavens Above
A very cool site. Register and identify your location, and the site tells you when to look in the sky for satellites, space station or shuttle.

Science Writing News Roundup
This is a newsletter with the latest news, opportunities, resources, videos, advice, and events related to science writing and science journalism.

Knight Science Journalism at MIT

Knight Science Journalism at MIT Fact-Checking Project

The Center for Science in the Public Interest
Articles, studies, news releases, safety tips.

NPR: Science Friday
Database of experts features underrepresented voices and perspectives in science, health and environment work.

How Journalists Should Report a Scientific Study
From the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

WorldWideScience: The Global Science Gateway
Science portal and databases.

An editorially independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit service for journalists and scientists. Its goal is to help get more science into news stories. It connects reporters quickly to scientific experts and validated evidence. It work with scientists to amplify their expertise and help them give voice to the facts. It’s fully funded by philanthropies, and everything it does is free.

Library of Congress: e-Science Tracer Bullets
Designed to put the reader on target as far as science research and reference. Common terminology includes cyberinfrastructure, grids, grid computing, distributed networks, and high performance computing.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

European Union Science Hub

Annenberg Science Media Monitor
Looks at news coverage of research and the scientific process.

The Journalist’s Resource: Reporting on Scientific Failures and Holding the Science Community Accountable

Pop culture meets science. Many cool trend story ideas here. Some fact-checking help, too.

YouTube: Planet Earth

Tool to clean out jargon in your writing. Built for science academics but useful for journalists.

RAND Corporation Science and Technology Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on science and technology issues.

Space Calendar


Lunar Journals
Read nearly all of the audio transcripts from the Apollo moon missions, as well as images and backgrounders on each.


NY Times Science

BBC Future

Science Central

News releases from medical and science research. Leonid Meteor Showers

Stanford University’s Highwire Press
Links to databases of 150,000 articles from medical and scientific journals. Many full text articles are free.

The Scientist
A bi-weekly magazine for life scientists. In addition to bi-weekly print content (free with registration), the site also features a daily news service in which users can get a daily e-mail digest.

Live Science

Massive Science

Retraction Watch

Reveal News

Scholarly Kitchen

Science News for Students

Stat News

Study Finds
Health, environment, etc. Includes articles, research, statistics, podcasts and more.

Physical Sciences Information Gateway
Launched on Sept. 17, 2001, PSIgate is the physical sciences hub for the UK’s Resource Discovery Network (RDN). From this page, users can search the PSIgate database, search an expanded catalog (PSIgate+) generated by harvesting pages from the PSIgate database, or search across RDN databases. Returns include resources focused on astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, history of science, and more.

Climate Central
The site describes itself as “an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization…helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them.”

The Why Files
From the National Science Foundation, this site looks at the science, math and technology questions behind the news.

Open Access Eprint Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine
Research and reports on hundreds of topics.

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening

Library of Congress: Science Reference Services

Symphony of Science
Science explained in music. Cool site.

GIJN: Data Tools and Tips for Investigating Climate Change

ScienceNOW News Headlines

Eight Mistakes First-Time Eclipse-Chasers Make

Science News
One of the first and most reliable science news sites on the Web.’s Science Tech Page

Provides links to the best science news in a variety of topic areas. It is an ideal site for a journalist seeking story ideas.

Skeptical Science: The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism

Art & Science Journal

Cyanova Science News
An easy-to-use table of science news stories.

Stem Cell Research Archive
A great collection of stories from the Washington Post.

National Council for Science and Environment

A site run by the Museum of Science, Art and Perception offers webcasts, a science news wire, a digital library and cool studies and presentations.

SelectSurf Science-Technology Links
Links to several great science sites.

Fagan Finder: Science Resources

National Association of Science Writers Freelancing Guide
Tips on getting science reporting freelance gigs, etc.

Inside Science News Service
This site from the American Institute of Physics publicizes science stories that may have been missed by the general press. All of the material in the “Stories” section is original reporting that is available for journalists to use as source material. The “links” section has stories from elsewhere that may be of interest to journalists.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Newsletters, studies and more.

Fusion Power
A British research site on a new type of energy that could make oil obsolete.


Science Pulse
A social listening tool designed to bridge the gap between journalists and scientists within social media platforms. The main goal is to help journalists find trending scientific content.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
From The WebElements interactive periodic table allows you to click on any of the elements to get in-depth information. The information includes not just detailed descriptions and specifications of all the elements, but an audio clip describing the element, photos of the elements, and video clips in some cases. The site also includes a printable periodic table and a version for Palm Pilots.

Science Centric
Information source for natural sciences and technology, and breaking news. The site is searchable, and browsable by disciplines, videos, editorials, art and style.

The American Institute of Physics: History of Global Warming

MDTV Medical News Now Inc.
A New Jersey-based organization that presents a television medical news program that airs on cable in about 20 states.

Research summaries by science experts.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A consumer-watchdog group in Washington.

Genomic Glossaries and Taxonomies
Biotechnology & pharmaceutical terms (& definitions) not found in most dictionaries. About 3,500 + definitions for applications, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, drug discovery and development, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics (and beyond), tools and technologies.

National Science Foundation

National Academy of Sciences

The Federation of American Scientists


Find cool global news pieces.

This Web site is a gateway to high-quality Internet resources on science communication and public engagement with science.

YouTube: Minute Physics Channel
Short videos of physics lessons.

Geo Currents
A map-illustrated forum dedicated to exploring global geography. Most posts link to current events, supplying historical background, spatial analysis, and political and intellectual context.

American Math Society: What’s New in Mathematics
Includes a ‘Feature Column’ monthly essays on mathematical topics), ‘Math in the Media’ (highlights of math news from science literature and the current media), ‘Math Digest’ (summaries of articles on mathematics), and the ‘AMS Public Awareness Office'(press releases, contacts for journalists, and more).


Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

American Association for the Advancement of Science

A “Global Science Gateway” that features scientific databases and portals.

Popular Science Archives

Knight Center Beat Guide: Energy Resources

Science Blog
Science news straight from the source. The site provides helpful links to press releases from research organizations.

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT

A British biosciences site.
An anatomy education site.

Reporting the Science of COVID-19
From the New York Academy of Sciences.

Practice Data Reporting for Science Stories Using These Workbench Tutorials
From The Open Notebook.

Research Blogging
Bloggers about research in their fields, including neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. A good place to go for story ideas and finding expert sources.

National Academies Press
More than 4,000 .pdf of science books and other research.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Atlantic: Still Confused about the Higgs-Boson? Read This

MSNBC/Live Science: How Earthquakes Work

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

BBC: Science of Superheroes
The BBC examines the “science” behind comic-book superheroes. How can they do what they do.

All Species: Whole Earth Catalog
An attempt to name every plant, animal in microbe on earth.
Features, research and tools from the magazine site.



Eric Weisstein’s World of Mathematics

BBC SciTech

Wild Film History
Wildlife films and television programs from 1896 to the present. It includes oral histories and video interviews.

Popular Science
Tech news with some focus on science and medicine.

Scientific American
Magazine focusing on domestic science issues.

Science Week
A weekly that posts daily news briefs with science content.

Scientific Illustration
Tumblr blog on science issues.

Info – Encyclopedia and Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more. Includes Country Studies and North America Gazetteer.

American Journal of Physiology

How Stuff Works: Human Cloning

Longevity Web Site
Links to dozens of great physics education and reference sites.

Library of Congress: Science Reference Guides

UK: Recycle This

Current information for researchers on scientific, technical and medical topics.

Library of Congress: Science Tracer Bullets
Research guides that help you locate information on science and technology subjects.

Public Library of Science
A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
This site is a “global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals.”

Becoming Human
A great site on paleoanthropology, human evolution and origins. Flash 5 is required and a high-speed connection recommended for the video.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A forensic scientist, Campbell will soon have a book out, “Legal Ease: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure” and is offers contact information as a source at her Web site.

Science Republic

Women in Technology International
Active group in promoting women in the science and tech industries.

Center for Science in the Public Interest: Smart Mouth
A site about food science for kids.

Museum of Science and Industry
Promotional site for Chicago museum.

European Organization for Nuclear Research: Large Hadron Collider
Milestones, safety, facts and figures, background, how it works, etc.

Wikipedia: The Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider Home Page

News and articles on science, health, environment and technology.

NPR Science Friday: SciFri Videos

Chicago Council for Science and Technology

National Science Foundation

Sense about Science

Encyclopedia of Life

Energy Information Administration Energy Statistics
Official stats from the U.S. government.

Google Scholar
Search journals, articles, academic papers and more.

The Organic Center

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

LA Times Science Section

News source featuring the latest discoveries in science, engineering, the environment, health, and more from North America’s leading research universities.

Women in Science and Technology: Past, Present and Future Blog

Cosmic Log: Must-See Science Videos


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