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Ocean and Earth Science: Books

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Essential book list for year 1 undergraduate students

Key Locations

The National Oceanographic Library uses an in-house classification scheme for most of the collections with the exception of the Reference Collection and a small section of non-academic books which are arranged on shelves using the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

REF TK 2380.45 GAR 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

CC BIO (Ecol & Behav) Smi

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The three letters at the end of each number are the first three letters of the author’s family name. Call numbers help us to group items on similar subjects together. The signs at the end of the shelves in the library explain where to find each call number. 

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

Floor plans and finding items at the National Oceanographic Library

The National Oceanographic Library uses an in-house classification scheme for most of the collections with the exception of the Reference Collection and a small section of non-academic books which are arranged on shelves using the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Books are on the main level of the National Oceanographic Library (level 4). 

Most of the printed journals are on either level 4 (journal titles from A to N) or the lower floor [level 2] (journal titles from N to Z). A small number of journals are held in the NOL archives. If you need assistance finding materials please speak to library staff at the Help Desk who will be pleased to help you.

How Can I Find Books On My Topic?

Use Library Search the library catalogue to find books

Library Search

Videos on how to borrow books

Course collection

Course Collection - The National Oceanographic Library [NOL] Course Collection is located next to the self-service machine. The collection is open access. Items can be issued for loan at the Help Desk whilst it is staffed during our loans service hours. Alternatively items can be borrowed using the self-service loans unit.

  • The collection contains:
    • Online stock (extracts, articles)
    • Copies of recommended textbooks. Books are arranged in call number (shelf mark) order.
    • Course boxes (located at the end of the book stock). Course boxes are arranged in alphanumeric course code order. They contain material supplied by tutors for specific courses
  • When the Library is open you can return items to the Help Desk or use the self-service loans unit. When the Library is closed, a box for returns is available outside the entrance. Course Collection items must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.
  • Items borrowed during the day are due for return by 11:00 the following day.This applies every day except Friday and Saturday when items are due for return by 11:00 on Monday.
  • We always welcome your comments, queries or feedback regarding either the course collection in particular, or material required for undergraduate course work in general.
    Please contact us nol@noc.soton.ac.uk

Ocean and Earth Science Undergraduate dissertations / Taught Masters dissertations / PhD Theses

Dissertations

The National Oceanographic Library houses the Ocean and Earth Science collection of undergraduate and taught masters dissertations. The dissertations written in the most recent few years are shelved in the library at the end of the books sequence. All of the dissertations are listed in Library Search

Thesis

The National Oceanographic Library holds print copies of all the Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton doctoral level theses in our archives; these are listed on Library Search and many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton Please ask staff at the Help Desk if you need to see a printed copy of a thesis. 

Book Suggestion Form

Use this online form to suggest a book we should buy for the National Oceanographic Library.

Accessing Resources From Off-Campus

It's not always straightforward to access e-resources when you're away from campus. Our Accessing Resources guide will give you the information you need to access our subscription content - including details of the SVE service (Southampton Virtual Environment) which is invaluable in ensuring the best possible access from home.

eBooks not listed on Library Search

The titles listed here are freely available ebooks which have not been included in our library catalogue.