Check it Out – Upgrades to the Government Science Portal

   This month, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI),   announced the arrival of some anticipated upgrades to the website, the government search engine that searches across “55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies[1], offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.”

Aside from the rollout of, the Spanish version of the website, the press release noted that:

[i]n  addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, now includes new multimedia  content and additional features to help users find the science information they  need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of  Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,  (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of  Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new  multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual  representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

[1]The interagency Alliance  includes the Departments of  Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland  Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection  Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space  Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the  National Science Foundation.

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