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Attention Science Teachers! This One is for You!

The Library of Congress web site has a wealth of resources that may be helpful to you and to your students. Here are just a few suggestions…


Keeping up with science / Shari. Ill. : Federal Art Project, WPA, [between 1936 and 1939] //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48702

Your first stop should be the Science Reference Section’s web page. One fun resource you will see is their Everyday Mysteries project with “mysteries” like Why is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter? and Does your heart stop when you sneeze? Their home page will also lead you to the many guides the staff has created. There is even a direct link for Students & Teachers which includes links to guides on :

  • Biographies of Women Scientists: For Girls and Young Women
  • Environmental Science Projects
  • Family Fun! Discovering Science at the Library of Congress
  • Girls & Science Education: How to Engage Girls in Science
  • Resources for Teachers
  • School Gardens: A Guide to Selected Resources
  • School Gardening Activities: A Guide to Selected Resources
  • Science Education (Science Tracer Bullet)
  • Science Education in the 21st Century
  • Science Fair Projects
  • Space Science Projects
  • Teaching Astronomy and more

Library blogs are also great. This blog has done many food and gardening related posts that teachers may find useful, but there is also the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog which has done a number of posts; here are a few:

Newspaper & Current Periodicals has Topics in Chronicling America with a number of related topics like those on Darwin, Nicola Tesla, the Invention of the Telephone, Yosemite National Park, Halley’s Comet, etc. There are also a number of digitized sources including the Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers and American Environmental Photographs from 1891-1936.

One last resource I wanted to mention is the webcasts. The Science, Technology & Business Division has brought many speakers to the Library including a number from NASA, and many of the programs were webcast and available to you by going here or here.

In addition, I’d like to put in a plug for another resource, science.gov, which is an interagency site offering U.S. government science information from over 60 databases and 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies. While not a Library of Congress web page, Science librarians here at the Library have been involved with this project for many years.

Celestial Charts: Exploring and Observing Space at the Geography and Map Division

Today’s post is from Carlyn Osborn, a Library Technician in the Geography and Map Division. Carlyn has a B.A. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. With high-resolution images of Pluto and the search for […]

Upcoming Book Talk on the Mediterranean Diet, May 13

Author, chef, and television personality Amy Riolo has written the following guest post about the history and benefits Mediterranean cuisine for her upcoming book talk on May 13 – “The Mediterranean Diet: Delicious Food Prescriptions for Transforming Illness.” Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food (Hippocrates) Almost daily we are learning how […]

Upcoming Book Talk on May 14: Behind the Gas Mask

The following post is authored by Mary Jane Cavallo, an  Automation Operations Coordinator for the Science, Technology and Business Division. Did you know that during World War I America suffered more casualties from poison gas than any other nation involved in the war? In his new book, Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare […]

Battling with the Scale: A Look Back at Weight Loss Trends in the U.S.

As we enter this new year, many of us have made resolutions to spend more time with family, to volunteer, perhaps to stop smoking, and of course, to get fit and lose weight. The widespread desire to become healthier and shed those extra pounds is met with a plethora of weight loss products, programs, and […]

Arachnophilia: Celebrating Spiders on Halloween

Spiders have been spinning their webs across the planet for hundreds of millions of years.  Without a doubt, we have forged a special relationship with these eight-legged wonders. One can find pictographs of spiders on the walls of the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, as well as references to spiders in mythology, creation […]

Early American Beer

Today’s post is written by science librarian and culinary specialist Alison Kelly. She has provided her expertise in a number of Inside Adams blog posts related to food history and cooking. Alison is also a gardener and a horticulture subject specialist- she wrote  a post about Women in Horticulture that highlights a selection of books […]

Celebrating Librarian Extraordinaire Ruth S. Freitag

In celebration of  Women’s History Month the American Library Association’s  Feminist Task Force  invited submissions to highlight valued women in libraries.  Library of Congress Science Reference Section Head Constance Carter has contributed this article about her mentor and inspiration Ruth S. Freitag. Ruth S. Freitag is a librarian who should be celebrated during Women’s History Month.   Admired by grateful […]

‘Tis the Season for Squash

Once Autumn hits the Northern Hemisphere we begin to see a plethora of gourds, such as pumpkins and squash, popping up all around our towns and homes. We use them as decorations to signify the season, as well consume them in pies, casseroles, and even beverages! Squash and pumpkins are angiosperms (flowering plants) and part […]

Mendel to DNA Structure to Translational Medicine

The following is a guest blog post by Science Reference and Research Specialist Dr. Tomoko Steen. This week (November 7-8, 2013) the Library of Congress will celebrate the life of Gregor Johann Mendel, the discovery of DNA structure, and the discoveries in biology that are critically necessary for the advancement of clinical and translational medicine. Gregor […]