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Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

Key Subject Resources

These are the key databases we recommend that you use, a more complete list is available from our Ocean and Earth Science Database page.  All electronic resources can be accessed off-campus see our guide on accessing library resources while off-campus for the options available to you.

Why use the databases?

  • They save your time finding literature and information relevant to the literature review section of your project, dissertation or thesis or to help you solve a problem in you research
  • They have searching features and filtering options that Google cannot compete with
  • They are focused on subject areas
  • They have content which is not openly available on the internet and you can click through to access articles from our subscription journals

Not sure where to start?

Using Google and Google Scholar to find literature for your research

These can be used as starting points for your research, but remember:

  • Don't only use Google/ or Google Scholar, they can be useful but they are just one of your search tools. 
  • The databases on this page and on the dedicated literature databases section of this guide will get you to good quality, peer reviewed information and you can filter the results to focus on what you need much quicker that working through all the pages from your Google search.
  • Prepare your search - have a search strategy ready.
  • Not all information is publicly available on the internet or freely available, much of the content of journals or ebooks will only be available to subscribers. If you find something that looks useful for your assignment, project, dissertation, thesis or research but you are being asked to pay for it check if we have access though the library. If we don't have it in our collections consider using our Inter-Library Loan service to source it for you.
  • Critically evaluate the information that you find on the internet, is it from a trustworthy source?
  • More tips on Getting the best from Google [University of Bedfordshire] and Google Scholar including the "My Library" feature [University of Pittsburgh]

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