Thomas Register - You'll have to register, but it's free and you'll have access to company info, products, materials, and more.
Finding an Expert
Your topic will determine where you look for an expert. Most universities have pages on their websites where you can search the faculty for experts on different topics.
There are also many websites for journalists who need an expert source; some are free and others are not.
You can also contact the author of a journal article that you find to be helpful. If you get no response to your email inquiry, you may have better luck with a phone call.
For environmental projects a good starting point is the Texas Parks and Wildlife website:
As always, please visit with one of the BLA librarians for more help.
Library of Congress Subject Authority - yeah, the one that gives you keywords or subject headings! Click >>Search Authorities<< and use the default settings. Any result with the red button to the left is what you want to use.
aerospaceweb.org - links to a wide range of aerospace-related sites, including aircraft design, spacecraft design, aerodynamics, and aerospace history.
CAD Register - brought to you by ThomasNet, it purports to be your single source for millions of component drawings.
FindLaw - search for laws, cases, codes.
First Gov - your first click to the U.S. government.
GlobalSpec - specialized search engine focusing on engineering and technical information.
Government Information Connection - hosted by University of North Texas.
MatWeb - "MatWeb's database includes thermoplastic and thermoset polymers such as ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, and polyolefins; metals such as aluminum, cobalt, copper, lead, magnesium, nickel, steel, superalloys, titanium and zinc alloys; ceramics; plus a growing list of semiconductors, fibers, and other engineering materials."
Texas Online - Texas Law, Codes, and Statutes
thomasnet.com - by Thomas Register and ThomasRegional.
Patents, Copyright, and Trademark
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Patent Tutorial from the McKinney Engineering Library at UT
Google - At the top of the page, click on "more" and then "even more." Click on "Patent Search."
Copyright and Fair Use - from Stanford University
UT crash course in copyright
American National Standards Institute
ISO - International Organization for Standardization
Society of Automotive Engineers
FedStats - gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies
govengine.com - federal, state, and local government site on the Internet
GPO Access - service of the U.S. Government Printing Office
Guide to State Statistical Abstracts
National Center for Education Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
Texas State Data Center
U.S. Department of Labor Statistics
University of Michigan Statistical Resources - enter "statistics" in search box
U.S. Government Web Portal