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Ocean and Earth Science: Databases for OES

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Subject focused list of databases

What are databases? Databases also called subject, journal or sometimes bibliographic databases and they are organised digital collections of references to published literature.

Why use databases? Databases allow you to search a wide range of published literature. In addition to journal articles, many subject databases also include the details of  other types of material including; conference papers, conference proceedings, reports, government and legal publications and sometimes books and theses. They are especially useful for projects and dissertations and provide you with current information on research and development.

What do databases contain? The databases allow you to search through thousands of records by the words in the  title, by keyword, author or other criteria. They contain all the details of a book, or other source, that are necessary for a person to be able to find it and normally an abstract. Some also contain links to the full text of the documents.

Help planning your search? Download our search planner or have a look at our search planner mindmap to get you started.

A-Z list of e-resources: An A-Z listing of all our databases and other e-resources available to University of Southampton users (e-journals and e-books are not included).

How can I use these if I am not on campus? Advice on accessing resources from off-campus. (Access to resources off site NOC staff)

Key databases for ocean and earth science information:

More databases and collections of databases for ocean and earth science:

Individual databases.

Law databases

Use these to search for marine law.

Collections of databases

These collections of databases allow you to search across a number of related databases at the same time. You will find a mixture of full text and abstracts in your list of results.

Journal Table of Contents services

Use these specialised databases to find the table of contents for individual academic journals which are useful to help you keep up to date with literature.

Journal Citation Reports