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The GeoNames geographical database is available for download free of charge under a creative commons attribution license. It contains over eight million geographical names and consists of 6.5 million unique features whereof 2.2 million populated places and 1.8 million alternate names.
Citations for U.S. and international journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, theses, and maps in Geology and the Earth Sciences.
Full text access to a collection of high impact geosciences journals.
Covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology. From Esri the company which produces ArcGIS.
Journal articles in the life, physical, medical, technical, social sciences, fine arts and humanities from the publisher Elsevier.
Web of Science
Massive collection of scholarly materials covers virtually all topic areas. Content, including articles, proceedings, and more, is pulled from various collections and is cross-searchable.
CIA World Factbook
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) supplies dozens of facts for each country including data on geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communication, and defense forces.
U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Descriptions of the history, geography, culture, government, politics, economics, climate, and transportation of nations worldwide. From the U.S. Department of State.
Your Search: Finding RELEVANT Articles
First, organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases.
- For example, if you are researching landscape features that show evidence of seismic activity, your concepts would be:
- landscape features
- seismic activity
Using a databases's Advanced Search, enter each concept and its synonyms into a separate search line.
- "Landscape features"
- evidence OR impacts
Use quotation marks around phrases, these are typically noun phrases that you would find a definition of in a dictionary.
- "earth science"
- "seismic wave"
Use * for truncation.
- Seism* will find seismic, seismograph, seismology, seismologist, etc.
Limit to peer-reviewed articles if necessary.
Limit by date if necessary.
Too many or too few results?
- Use the thesaurus or Subject Index to find related, broader, narrower, and similar terms OR specific terms that the databases uses to describe a topic.
- Too many results? Use a narrower term.
- Too few results? Use a broader term.
Find an article that looks interesting?
- Click on the article's title.
- Look at the subjects given to an article to find related terms and run additional searches using these terms.
- Click on the references, cited by, or see similar documents links to find related articles.