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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

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

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.

How Can I Find Articles On My Topic?

DelphiS

The simplest way to find journal articles is to search DelphiS. It gives you an easy, yet powerful means of accessing our information resources through a single search. It searches across our library catalogues and many of the library databases, ejournals and other external services that the library subscribes to. Your search results could include citations, library catalogue records, full text articles, books, multimedia, document summaries or abstracts, and can include links to full text.

The alternative is to search an individual library subject database.  These will search a smaller number of articles than DelphiS, but give you more control over your searches and more focussed results.  Journal 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 by clicking on the link from the Journal Articles tab.

No Full Text?

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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, search eJournal Title Search for the journal (not article) title to find out if we have access to the electronic version. If not, run a "journal title" search on WebCat to see if we have it in print.

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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