Roanoke College

Field Guides & Encyclopedia

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Application

Cost

Discipline

Ranking

3D Brain

Free

Neuroscience/ A&P

***

Algal Sex

Free

Plant science

***

Cat-A-Log

Free

Domestic Feline only

***

Chirp Lite

Free

Birds

***

Epocrates

Free

Health/drug information

****

F.Turkeys

Free

Turkeys only

**

Florafolia $3.99 Ecology/Field Biology ***

Flowerpedia

$5.99

Plant Science

***

Genetic Code

Free

Molecular Biology

**

iBird 15

Free

Birds

**

Peterson Birds of North America $14.99 Ecology/Ornithology *****

Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds

$2.99

Ecology

Soon

Phyto

Free

Plant Science

****

Psych drugs

Free

Health/drug information

**

Rx Drugs

Free

Health/drug information

***

Seafood Watch

Free

Marine Biology,
Food Science

****

TCT Lite (periodic table)

Free

Chemistry

***

What's on my food?

Free

Food Science

***

Comments:

3D Brain:  Visual representation of the human brain that is able to be rotated and pieces removed

Algal Sex:  Great video showing one species sexual reproduction with real organisms

Cat-A-Log:  Shows the basic genetic diversity across accepted feline breeds.  Complete with information of origin and breed specifics

Chirp Lite:  Teaches basic local birds and songs using GPS locator

Epocrates:  Has information that could be used in microbiology, pre-pharmacy, cell biology, genetics, A&P, and many others interested in medicine.  There is a pay version that is expanded.

F.Turkeys:  Great for a hunter or someone who wants to learn this group specifically because it gives several different life cycle ages and sounds of the turkey

FloraFolia:  By HoliMoli Media. Much better than the free plant apps I have seen. Still it limited in number of species (e.g. 6 ferns and 24 shrubs) and more photos of flowers than leaves. Once downloaded, does not need a Wi-Fi connection.

Flowerpedia: Allows one to look up plants in different ways and gives nice pictures to help with basic student identifications.  Student does not need to know a lot of taxonomy.

Genetic Code:  Provides tables for codon usage

iBird 15: teaches basic area birds with information on the species, pictures and songs

Peterson Bird Field Guides:  By Wildtones. Costs less than the paper field guide and has much of the same information. Can search multiply ways, has range maps, calls, and species descriptions. Can create a digital life list. Includes 800 species making it a good choice for an academic class. Peterson Feeder Birds of North America is free, includes 160 birds and is a good starter. Once downloaded, does not need Wi-Fi connection.

Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds: Coming soon.

Phyto:  Can be used as a moderate field guide (under a microscope), gives pronunciation of species, and it has a flash card function.  Great learning tool for beginners.

Psych Drugs:  Good information about common medications; good jumping points

Rx Drug:  Part of skyscape; level is at the medical community level (professional)

Seafood Watch: A sustainable seafood guide sponsored by Monterey Bay Aquarium, details regarding market names, health alerts and a summary to support the rating.

TCT Lite (periodic table): Provides a periodic table, including mass, density, melting point, boiling point, and other details about any element

What's on my food?:  Sponsored by the Pesticide Action Network and based on USDA testing of pesticide residue in foods from 1992-2007, can be used to determine what pesticide residues are found in different foods and to compare the differences between organic and conventional