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Ocean and Earth Science: Journal Articles

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Why Use Journals?

  • Articles are more up-to-date than books
  • They offer greater detail and insight into research
  • Peer-reviewed articles are considered more reliable

Understanding An Article Reference

A correctly formatted reference will tell you exactly where to find the full article:

DING, Y., JACOB, E. K., ZHIXIONG, Z., FOO, S., ERJIA, Y., GEORGE, N. L. and LIJIANG, G. (2009) Perspectives on social tagging, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60 (12), 2388-2401.

This article was written by Y Ding & colleagues, and the article's title is "Perspectives on social tagging". It was published in 2009 in the journal called "Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology". It was published in volume 60, issue 12, and the article ran from page 2388 to 2401.

Citing and Referencing

Your department will recommend which citing and referencing style you should use.

Use the Citing and Referencing guide to find out how to reference resources and which referencing style you should be using.

There is also guidance on the different types of referencing software available to help organise your references and insert them into your write-up - automatically formatted into the right reference style

How Can I Find Articles On My Topic?

Use Library Search the library catalogue to find journal articles

Library Search

Alternatively you can search an individual subject database.  These will search a smaller number of articles than Library Search, but give you more control over your searches and more focused results. Subject databases are particularly recommended for researchers and students doing dissertation research.

Key Databases

If you're looking for journal articles, these are some of the key databases you'll need. You can see the full list of databases for Ocean and Earth Science for additional specialist literature and subject related databases.

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 Do I Know If You Have It?

Found a good article? Now you need to know whether you can get the full text.

If you've run a database search, the article's record may have a "Full Text" or "PDF" link - that's great: click to get the full text. If not, look out for the Full Text Finder icon - click this to find out if we have access to the journal. 

If you found the article another way, you can check our holdings using the title of the journal to see if we have a print copy in our holdings.  You can use Library Search to do this.  We also have an advanced guide to help you find out more on our Library Search help page

No Full Text?

Important article? Can't get the full text? Try our Inter-Library Loans service...

Off-Campus Access

Very few of our resources are freely available to any web user. If you're at home, the easiest way around this problem is to sign into the University's SVE service.

Alternatively, some resources may have an "institutional" or "Shibboleth" login option. Use this and log in with your University username and password.

Planning Your Search

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