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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.
National Geologic Map Database
The National Geologic Map Database contains digital copies of recent and historic geologic maps of the United States and its territories. Features include an advanced search, an index of geologic terms, information about current geologic mapping projects, and MapView, a map-based visual browsing interface.
Engineering Village offers resources in the applied science and engineering fields. It provides access to Compendex (ex-Engineering Index) and INSPEC. Note: Works with Chrome or Firefox.
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.
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.