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Popular Earth and Planetary Science Resources

    Produced by Elsevier Science and part of the Engineering Village platform, this database indexes journals, books, conference proceedings and reports in the earth sciences, including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography, geomechanics, alternative energy sources, pollution, waste management and nature conservation.
  • GeoRef
    The GeoRef database, established by the American Geological Institute (AGI) in 1966, provides primarily citation and abstracts access to the geoscience literature of the world. The database contains references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. It covers the geology of North America from 1693 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. References to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey are included. Masters' theses and doctoral dissertations from US and Canadian universities are also covered. Included is the GeoRef in process database which contains records that are in the process of being indexed prior to their integration in the main GeoRef database. Some full text is available by linking to subscribed journals.
  • AGU's digital library .
    The AGU Digital Library is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 years of earth and space science research as published in the American Geophysical Union's journals. The library contains articles from journals dating back to 1896. Full text and Boolean searching across publications is available. Book titles will be added as they are available.
  • Lyell collection
    The Lyell Collection provides full-text access to the publications of the Geological Society of London, and is one of the largest integrated collections of online Earth science literature available.
  • ScienceDirect
    ScienceDirect is a database that contains the full text of Elsevier books, journals and reference works and also includes citations and abstracts of other journals.
  • Scopus
    Citations and abstracts of over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical and social science fields.
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New Earth and Planetary Science Resources

  • ProQuest SciTech
    Full text articles on natural sciences, engineering and technology. Includes materials science, aerospace engineering, computer science, environmental science and more.

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