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Ocean and Earth Science: Postgraduate Taught

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.


On this page you will find information about the induction sessions and training for postgraduate taught students.

Masters students (PGT) induction and week 0 Question and Answer session

Please complete the Getting Started course as recommended in your Faculty BlackBoard Hub Welcome. It contains useful introductory information for all students.

Please complete the Library Treasure hunt before attending the Question and Answer session with library staff.

Library Online Treasure Hunt

Welcome to the library!

Watch our short welcome video


Watch the short introductory video to your subject guide

If you need help with the library or any of our resources don't hesitate to get in contact with us using one of the following ways:

If you need help with the library resources or academic or research skills see some of the training we have on offer:


LinkedIn Learning

Also, you have access to LinkedIn Learning which is an on-line library of business, software skills, technology and creative courses to which all staff and students at the University have free access. It includes courses on:-

  • R - statistical processing language
  • SPSS - statistics and data analysis programme
  • ArcGIS - create and manage maps, data and analytical models
  • Linux Command Line
  • MATLAB - create programs to model data and hypotheses
  • Excel
  • Over 16,000 courses!

Log on and start learning here: LinkedIn Learning

For information about library services see:

If items that you need are not available from our own library stock we can make them available to you through the Inter-library loan service

Your library subscribes to a wide range of literature databases which allow you to search for journal articles which are specifically relevant to your subject. This is helpful when you want to find literature about a topic for an assignment or for the literature review section of your Thesis.

Why use the literature databases?

  • They save your time
  • 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 to access articles from our subscription journals

Explore the home page and databases section of this subject guide to discover the literature databases recommended for Ocean and Earth Science students and staff.

Further training

For help with planning your literature database search see our Search Strategies training

For more in-depth training on using literature databases see our online Database Orientation Programme

For tutorials on using individual databases see our Database Tutorials guide

For individual guidance with using a specific literature database book an appointment with a librarian



Google and Google Scholar can be good starting points for your research, but remember don't use just Google/ or Google Scholar, it is only one of your search tools:

The literature databases on our subject 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 before you start typing in your search - have a search strategy ready (this applies to literature databases and Google!)

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 Thesis 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].