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Ocean and Earth Science: Journal Articles

Subject guide for oceanography and earth science.

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Off-campus access to library resources

We subscribe to thousands of online resources and sometimes, you might be asked to input your university username and password before you can access them. Find our guide to accessing online Library resources off-campus.

How Can I Find Articles On My Topic?

A quick way to find journal articles is to try Library Search

Alternatively you can search an individual subject literature database (see the key database listed below for some of our suggestions).  These give you more focused results and have just features to help you keep up to date with the latest literature on your topic. Literature databases are particularly recommended for researchers and students doing research.

If you need more advice or guidance on using databases or help with researching your topic don't hesitate to get in contact with us using the details on the homepage of this subject guide.

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. 


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Open Access Articles and Journals

There are a number of ways that journals are published which will determine if you can freely access the articles that they contain online:

  • All full text content only available to subscribers
  • A mixture of articles that can be accessed by anyone (Open Access) and those only available to subscribers (content for subscribers may have a closed padlock icon beside them)
  • All full text content available to anyone (Open Access)

See the Open Access Journals and Publications section of this subject guide for advice on finding Open Access articles and journals.

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

Planning Your Search

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