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Cross-disciplinary resources

Aerospace/astrophysics | Agriculture | Business and Finance | Defense | Economics | Education | Energy | Geosciences | Health and medicine | History | Justice | Law and government | Natural resources | Science and technology | Training and quality

Transportation research by nature crosses over into many other fields of study. Psychology, archaeology, geology, earth and social sciences, medicine, and energy are a few examples of the disciplines that are involved in transportation research and resources. Below are some selected resources from other disciplines.


Astrophysics Data System Abstract Service
Hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

NASA Technical Reports Server
Includes reports, citations and abstracts for a variety of aerospace and flight centers including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson and Kennedy Space Center and the Langley Research Center.


AgEcon Search
A full-text library of agricultural and applied economics scholarly literature

Agriculture Network Information Center
A guide to quality agricultural information on the Internet as selected by the National Agricultural Library, Land-Grant Universities, and other institutions. Subject areas include basic, applied, and developmental research, extension, and teaching activities in the food, agricultural, renewable natural resources, forestry, and physical and social sciences.

United States Department of Agriculture
The site has information on food safety and nutrition, natural resources and the environment, services to farmers, agricultural marketing, inspections, and rural development. It also includes crop profiles, statistical reports and Census of Agriculture data

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
This site has information on animal health, agricultural resource management, food safety, and agricultural statistics

Business and finance

Links to business resources worldwide, produced by Michigan State University

United States Department of Commerce
The site includes information on business development, economic analysis and development, industries, international trade, laws and regulations, and patents and trademarks. The Department includes the Bureau of the Census and the Bureau of Economic Analysis for demographic, business, agricultural and economic statistics

Wisconsin Department of Commerce
The site includes information on business climates of Wisconsin communities and Wisconsin export data.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
This site has key areas of focus to elevate Wisconsin’s economy to be the best in the world including:

  • Economic and community development
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Business and industry development
  • International business development
  • Marketing and public affairs
  • Finance and Administration

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Scientific and Technical Information Network
Sponsored by the Department of Defense


Economic Review
A quarterly economic research publication on issues of relevance to the Federal Reserve, including macroeconomics, monetary policy, financial markets, regional and international economics and rural economic studies.


National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.


Center for Clean Air Policy
Promotes and implements innovative solutions to major environmental and energy problems which balance both environmental and economic interests.

Energy Center of Wisconsin
This information clearinghouse offers access to full-text reports and print references covering all aspects of energy usage, including new technologies such as fuel cells, alternative fuels for transportation, and educational materials about energy and transportation.

Energy Information Administration (EIA)
A statistical agency of the US Department of Energy, created in 1977, EIA provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

United States Department of Energy (DOE)

Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Includes maps, industry information, annual reports and consumer information on electricity and natural gas.

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US Geological Survey
This site includes information on natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, etc.), minerals, geospatial data, geographical names, weather data, and maps and photos.

Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
Includes links on cartography, aerial photography, remote sensing, GIS and geographical/geological resources specific to Wisconsin.

Resources for Geographers
Maintained by Colorado University's Department of Geography. This site includes links to general geographic sites as well as journals, professional and research organizations, map collections and geo-spatial datasets.

Earth Sciences resources
University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Library
This site includes links to a variety of resources on geology and geophysics.

Health and medicine

Alcohol Studies Database
Hosted by the Center for Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, this database contains over 60,000 citations of journal articles, books, dissertations, conference papers and audio-visual materials about beverage alcohol, its use and related consequences.

Centers for Disease Control
The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. The site has health related data and statistics, traveler health information, and information on a wide range of health related topics.

This service from the National Library of Medicine provides access to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also has links to consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians, health information in Spanish and other languages, and clinical trials.

A service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.

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Dictionary of Wisconsin History
The staff working on the Turning Points in Wisconsin History digital collection examined thousands of pages of original documents and dozens of secondary books and articles about Wisconsin history. From this activity, they constructed a database of terms (people, places, things and events) in Wisconsin history they encountered which they thought needed a short explanation.


National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
The NCJRS databases contain more than 160,000 criminal justice publication summaries and more than 1,500 publications in full-text.

US Department of Justice
The main site has information on DOJ publications, grants, fugitives and missing persons, consumer fraud, disabilities, discrimination, dispute resolution domestic violence, elder justice, immigration, prisons, parole, safe communities, youth violence and victims of crime. Within the site, there is access to the agencies within the Department, such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Criminal Justice Reference Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Wisconsin Department of Justice
This site includes the priorities of the Attorney General, information on crime tip hotlines, the Missing Children Network, drug trends, DARE information, and information on criminal record checks.

Criminal Justice Links
Provided by California State University-Stanislaus. Contains links to criminal justices sites arranged by topic.

Law and government

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Natural Resources

Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)
Information relating to the bi-national Great Lakes region. Topics include the economy, environment, ecosystem, tourism, events and weather.

U.S. Department of the Interior
This site has information about water, wetlands, American Indians, invasive species, natural hazards, and outdoor recreation.

Water Resources UW-Madison Water Resources Institute Library. Includes links to databases, newsletters, professional organizations and state and federal water law programs. Please note that most of the resources are available to the general public, but some are restricted to UW-Madison students and staff.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The site includes information on outdoor recreation, mining, endangered resources, forestry, environmental protection, and waste management.

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Science and technology

GrayLIT Network
Developed by the Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This site is a portal for technical report information generated through federally funded research and development projects.
A gateway to authoritative science information provided by fourteen scientific and technical information organizations. The information types that can be found on this site include Web sites, databases of technical reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, and other published material.

Training and quality

American Productivity and Quality Center
Focus areas include benchmarking and best practices, knowledge management, performance measurement and shared services. Free online newsletters on knowledge management, customer relationships, organizational effectiveness.

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
The ASTD Web site includes active discussion groups on topics such as evaluation and ROI, managing training and performance improvement.
Dedicated to deliberate means of people creating and sharing knowledge - data, information, and understanding in a social context - to make the right decisions and take the right actions. Includes knowledge management resources in these areas: organizations and gateways, glossaries and forums, communities of practice, publications and articles, on-line training, Web search tools and government links.

The National Academy of Public Administration
The Academy is dedicated to improving the performance of governance systems-the network of public institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private companies that now share in the implementation of public policy. As an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, the Academy responds to specific requests from public agencies and non-government organizations. Program concentrations include: Human Resources Management, Improving Government Performance and Local and State Solutions.

Texas Transportation Institute Center for Professional Development
The Center works to disseminate transportation-related information and research to current and future transportation professionals and to support and encourage the implementation of relevant, leading edge research results in the most efficient, effective, and expedient method possible.

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