General Science

Welcome to QNL’s General Science Subject Guide!

Science refers to any knowledge or information humans learn by observation, monitoring and experience.

This guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections on popular science such as databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms.

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in a digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.


The following databases include articles, books, ebooks and more related to general science. For a comprehensive list of QNL databases, please visit QNL Online Resources. 

Science Direct is a full-text database of scientific books covering physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, health, social sciences and humanities. The Library’s current subscription provides full-text access to about 20,000 book chapters and more than 2,500 journals.

This large collection includes scientific, technical and medical ebooks and journals; ebooks that do not show a summary are available in full text.

ProQuest Natural Sciences Collection
ProQuest’s Natural Science Collection includes discipline-oriented bibliographic abstracts databases and full-text scholarly and trade journals, magazines, reports, books, conference proceedings and news relevant to the field of natural sciences. 

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended print books. For more books, search the QNL Catalog.

Al-Khalili, J. (2012). The House Of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge And Gave Us The Renaissance. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
Call Number: Q127.A5 A4 2012
This book highlights the pioneers who helped shape the current understanding of the world, and traces the roots of the scientific revolution in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries to Baghdad and Cordoba.

Borner, K. (2010). Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Call Number:Q177 .B67 2010
A reference atlas of science concepts in a visual format, this book presents full-page maps of scientific data, charts and color images.

Huff, T. E. (2003). The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China, and the West. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press.
Call Number: Q127.A5 H84 2003
Huff discusses the cultural impact of the development of modern science in the Arab, Chinese and Western world. He notes that Arabs had the most advanced science from the 10th century to the 13th century, and that the Chinese underwent a high level of mathematical development during the Middle Ages.

Schiebinger, L. L. (2014). Women and Gender in Science and Technology. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Call Number: Q130 .W63 2014
This four-volume book discusses various aspects of gender, science and technology. It covers the history of women’s participation in science and engineering, and the structure of research institutions from the past to the present among different cultures.

Tillery, B.W., Enger, E.D. & Ross, F.C. (2013). Integrated Science. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Call Number: Q161.2 .T54 2013
This introduction to the fundamental behavior of matter and energy in living and nonliving systems shows how physics, chemistry, earth science and biology are integrated.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks related to general science. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalog.

Ellis, R. J. (2010). How Science Works: Evolution: A Student Primer. London: Springer.
This is a general reading book on evolution and how science works. It covers topics such as Darwin’s theory of evolution, evidence of evolution, and specifically the evolution of eyes.

Gould, J.L. & Gould, C.G. (2012). Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
The authors investigate the methods by which different types of animals navigate and measure time.

Johnston, J. (2013). Emergent Science: Teaching Science from Birth to 8. London: Routledge.
This book is for teachers working with children up to 8 years old. It discusses the nature of emerging science and how it can be translated into stories for children as part of their science education.

Yang, X. (2011). Guide to e-Science: Next Generation Scientific Research and Discovery. (X. Yang, L. Wang, & W. Jie, Eds.) London: Springer-Verlag.
The book covers a variety of topics on grid computing and peer-to-peer grid technology used for research and resource sharing in scientific research. It discusses ways of managing data, including security and privacy issues in shared and open collaborative research, as well as science infrastructure, research automation and scientific workflows.

Print Journals

The following suggested print journals include articles related to science (issues are also available online):

Science Progress
A quarterly journal reporting on new developments in cell and molecular biology, biomedicine, physics, chemistry, energy, and environmental science.

Science News
A bi-weekly magazine with news on research findings on a wide range of scientific subject areas.

Popular Science
An online portal of articles and videos on technology, science, space and other related areas.

Nature is an online scientific journal that publishes peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology. Archive access dates back to January 2011.

Current Science
A biweekly journal of current research with a broad scope of coverage within the fields of applied science and technology.

Issues in Science and Technology
A quarterly academic journal covering a wide range of topics in the fields of science, technology and health, as well as policy implication issues.


Below is a list of e-journals with articles relating to science:

American Scientist
A bimonthly science and technology magazine that carries articles in all fields of science, and is suitable for both academic and general reading.

New Scientist
A scientific periodical featuring the latest science and technology news, along with book and film reviews. It is suitable for both academic and general reading.

British Journal for the History of Science
A scholarly journal that carries papers and reviews on all aspects of the history of science.

Issues in Science and Technology
A journal that provides a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering and medicine.

Online Resources

Qatar Digital Library
Qatar Digital Library is an online portal that provides users worldwide free access to an extensive collection of historical archival items related to Qatar, the Gulf region and the wider Middle East, including manuscripts on Arabic and Islamic science.

World Digital Library
The World Digital Library provides free access to cultural items such as manuscripts, rare books, music scores, films and many other items. The library is managed by UNESCO and the US Library of Congress.

Martindale's Calculators Online Center
This site has more than 10,000 calculators for every aspect of life.

Organizations and Associations

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
ISESCO is based in Rabat, Morocco, and promotes cooperation between its member states in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and applied sciences, within Islamic values and ideals.

The Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO)
This website is a good source of information on international scientific organizations and events such as conferences and research opportunities for students and researchers.


“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”
Albert Einstein

“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”
Stephen Hawking

“An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature's answer.”
Max Planck


Videos and Podcasts

K.M. Records (Producer). (2010). “Scent” [Motion Picture]. Alexander Street.
This is a short scientific film depicting how insects are attracted to different flower scents.

Newman, T. (Producer), Guedj, P., & Durrruty, V. (Directors). (2010). “The Wings of Science” [Motion Picture]. Paris, IIe-de-France: Windrose.
This is a short film about five female scientists who succeeded in the field of scientific research, which has been traditionally dominated by men.

TELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications (Producer), Hacking, I., Kitcher, P., & Toulmin, S. (Directors). (1998). “How Does Science Add to Knowledge?” [Video].
Sir Francis Bacon, a prominent philosopher of the Renaissance, criticized the emphasis schools placed on textbooks and advocated that students’ eyes be opened to nature. He promoted observation of nature through what he called a “scientific method” of conducting experiments.

Science Podcast
The magazine’s podcast features current issues and news of public interest related to the impact of science and technology on the environment.