The Scout Report

What is the Scout Report?

The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Research Group. Published every Friday both on the Web and by email subscription, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable STEM and humanities resources on the Internet. Our team of librarians and subject matter experts selects, researches, and annotates each resource.

Published continuously since 1994, the Scout Report is one of the Internet's oldest and most respected publications. Organizations are encouraged to link to the Scout Report from their own Web pages, or to receive the HTML version of the Report each week via email for local posting at their sites. Organizations or individuals may also use the sharing options after each annotated resource to email the resource or share it via social media.

A Variety of Annotated Resources

The editors of the Scout Report take great pride in finding and sharing the best free Web-based resources we can find.

Each week, the Scout Report's editors select and annotate approximately eight websites or online resources in each of two categories: Research & Education, and General Interest. Websites in Research & Education tend to focus more heavily on STEM subjects, while those in General Interest span a range of arts, humanities, and curiosities.

In addition, each issue of the Scout Report highlights two free programs, browser extensions, or other Web-based tools that readers may find useful.

Finally, each issue includes a short In the News section, which discusses a recent news event and pairs the summary with six briefly annotated links. The In the News is designed to be especially helpful to instructors looking for immediately relevant classroom materials.

The Scout Report Archives

The Scout Report Archives collects and catalogs each annotated resource featured in the weekly Scout Report and special issues. Users may find resources of particular interest to them using a keyword search, an advanced search, or by browsing by Library of Congress subject headings.

Past & Themed Issues

Past issues of the Scout Report are also available for users to browse at their leisure. These past issues are available chronologically by date.

The editors of the Scout Report have also, at various times, collaborated on theme issues of the Scout Report. These include the annual Best of the Scout Report, NSDL Scout Reports for STEM subject areas, and the Scout Reports for Business & Economics, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Humanities.