Science and Technology: Technology Resources

Discipline-specific technology resources can be difficult to locate. Incorporate the media type into your search such as the words mobile apps or images.

Mobile Apps

Apps are available across science and technology areas. Many librarians are including mobile apps in their LibGuide.

Commercial Mobile Apps

TouchPress is known for their outstanding science apps including The Elements, The Elements in Action, Incredible Numbers, Solar System, Skulls, and Molecules. In science history, check out Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy and Journeys of Invention. They are also know of their field guides including Collins Bird Guide.

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Go to TouchPress. Explore their outstanding commercial apps.
You don't need to purchase an app, but be sure to watch one of their videos to get a sense for the contents.

Health and Fitness. Many companies produce health and fitness apps. Many of these tools are intended to trace calories, weight loss, and exercise. Some focus on yoga, breathing, and personal training, while others stress nutrition and provide healthy recipes. Fitness magazines are also popular as apps.

Medical. From diagnostic tools to reference materials, there are many medical apps. In addition, many medical journals and news sources are available as subscription apps. While many apps are for medical professionals, apps are also available for personal medical tracking and information.

Science. Some specialized areas of science are using the built-in GPS feature of mobile devices. For instance, many astronomy apps such as StarWalk 2 allow users to point their device at the sky and track the constellations in real-time. Apps like weather topics use the built-in GPS function too. Many apps are designed for disaster preparation and recovery.

Government Mobile Apps

Below are examples of government produced mobile apps available through iTunes. Many of these apps are also available for other operating systems. Go to US Government Mobile Apps for a master list.

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I use biodiesel in my truck. I know the local areas where it's available. However, I'd like an easy way to locate biodiesel when I'm traveling. Ideas?
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is an easy-to-use app for locating fueling stations for vehicles running on electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, and hydrogen.
The Bottom Line... increasingly mobile apps are a quick, portable way to locate information.

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I'm trying to quit smoking, but I need some ideas. I've read books and pamphlets, but I need support.
Try the NAC QuitPal by the National Cancer Institute. This mobile app provides information, but it also provide strategies, tools, and support to help with behavior change. QuitGuide and QuitSTART are two others.
The Bottom Line... changing behavior takes more than reading, it takes action. An app with a built-in support system may help. You might need to try a few apps before you find the one that works for you.

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I'm interested in current injury statistics, but when I do a Google search I'm overwhelmed by the options. I need a consist database I can search with an intuitive display.
Try a mobile app. The Center for Disease Control's WISQARS Mobile (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database providing customized reports of injury-related data.
The Bottom Line... mobile apps are going to continue to rise in popularity as focused, content information sources. WISQARS is a good example.

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Download a mobile app in a discipline related to the course. If you don't own a mobile device, find a friend who does. You need to know how this works! Review the app. What do you think? How might it be useful as an information source? Who's the audience? Share your findings.

Mobile Websites

Many government websites are now designed for use on mobile devices.

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Go to one of the mobile apps above using a handheld device such as a smartphone or tablet. How does it work? Does it provide useful information? Is the app easy to use?

Online Tools

Discipline-specific online tools can be found in some areas of science. Explore the online tools from Wolfram as examples.

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Explore Wolfram Alpha and Wolfram MathWorld. How might these online tools be useful in addressing science and technology questions?





Go to Smithsonian Ocean. Notice the features.



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Social Media

Many social network sites have been established for individuals interested in particular areas of science. However, most of these sites make use of the popular online tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Go to Pinterest. Brainstorm how this social media tool could be used in one of the science areas.


Images can be found in every area of science and technology. Neal (2012, 7) notes that “content-based image retrieval, which is explored in computer science and the more technical corners of information science, relies on physical similarities such as shapes, colours, and patterns that can be uncovered between images.”

Technical Drawings

Although technical drawings are often associated with architectural and engineering, they have uses across disciplines. Beyond their use in planning and construction, technical drawings may also be used in making planning decisions related to sanitation, energy, infrastructure, safety, health, and education.

Technical drawings are essential in some engineering research. Barcho and Cendon (2012, 320) define an engineering drawing as “a type of technical drawing which communicates, through a graphical language, the ideas conceived by the designer of an object and the worker who will build it.” They note that each branch of engineering has its on specificities and characteristics. “Engineering has various branches such as agronomic, aeronautical, agricultural, food, environmental, civil, computer, electrical, structural, forest, mechanical, mining, navel, production, chemical, sanitary, safety, software, telecommunications, and transportations, amongst others… Civil engineering alone involves the architectural, structural, hydraulic, electrical, fire fighting, fire prevention, and air conditioning projects, amongst others. Each brand of engineering produces a set of drawings needed for the construction of an object.” (Barcho & Cendon, 2012, 320).

An engineering project contains a set of standardized technical drawings associated with a well-defined sequence of activities including the preliminary design, executive project, detailed design, and project presentation. These graphics represent a communication between the person creating the drawing and the person acting on the drawing.

According to Baracho and Cendon (2012), it can be difficult to retrieve engineering drawings from library collections. They note that most systems focus on textual data rather than visual data in information retrieval. The researchers identified three categories of engineering/architectural technical drawings including Type (architectural, structural, electrical, hydraulic, fire prevention, mechanical, other), Process (pre-project, preliminary project, executive project, detail project, presentation project, other), and Form (floor plan, upper view, vertical section, elevation, front view, right lateral view, left lateral view, rear view, perspective, others).

Beyond their use in planning and construction, technical drawings may also be used in making planning decisions related to sanitation, energy, infrastructure, safety, health, and education.

Mobile Apps

Open Access Collections

General Sources




Life Science

Medicine and Health

Space Science

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Browse the image collections. Select a topic and search for additional image collections associated with your topic. Create a list of six of your favorite collections.


Audio productions are useful in many areas of science. Podcasts have grown in popularly during the past decade.

Mobile Apps

Audio Recordings and Podcasts

Science Audio

Math Audio


Video is an important information source across science and technology.

Mobile Apps


Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Available through IUPUI.

Lynda.com. An award-winning provider of educational materials. The lynda.com Online Training Library® (OTL) includes video-based elearning courses and short tutorials.

ProQuest Health Video Training Programs

Alexander Street Press


Open Access

ScienceCinema from U.S. Department of Energy

For videos, the Science360 website is a great resource.

Student Resources

Government Video Resources

Student Resources

Science Video

Technology Video

Teaching Resources

Student Resources

Math Video

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Select a topic within the sciences. Explore the resources provided. Also, conduct your own searches. State the topic and information need. Then, share a photograph, infographic, other image of your choice, audio, AND video all related to the same topic (or general area). You can share the actual media document or a link. How do they each provide a different perspective on the topic.


Websites can be found in every area of science and technology. A few are listed below:

Read Guardiola-Wanden-Berghe, Rocio, Gil-Perez, Josefa D., Sanz-Valero, Javier, Wanden-Berghe, Carmina (2011). Evaluating the quality of websites related to diet and eating disorders. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28, 294-301.

Read Youngkin, C. Andrew (2014). Web-based technologies for health sciences reference and instruction. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 33(3), 283-291.

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Create your own list of favorite websites in each area.


Baracho, Renata Maria Abrantes & Cendon, Beatriz Valadares (2012). An image based retrieval system for engineering drawings. In D.R. Neal, Knowledge and Information: Indexing and Retrieval of Non-Text Information. Water de Gruyter. Available: http://site.ebrary.com.proxy.ulib.uits.iu.edu/lib/iupui/detail.action?docID=10634523

Neal, Diane Rasmussen (2012). Knowledge and Information: Indexing and Retrieval of Non-Text Information. Water de Gruyter. Available: http://site.ebrary.com.proxy.ulib.uits.iu.edu/lib/iupui/detail.action?docID=10634523

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