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Geosciences Research Guide

Core Resources

GeoRef (ProQuest)  (1785+ N. America; 1933+ Worldwide)
Index to the international geological literature. Covers journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and a wide variety of publications indexed by special bibliographies from international, national and regional geological surveys and societies.
Collection of electronic handbooks and monographs on emerging developments in the geosciences.
Collection of electronic handbooks and monographs covering pollution reduction, emissions, and environmental contamination.
Collection of electronic handbooks and monographs on applied chemistry; covering nanoscience and natural product chemistry to separation methods and surfactant science.
Web of Science (ISI)  (Sciences (1900+), Social Sciences (1898+), and Arts and Humanities (1975+).)
Multidisciplinary index to journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Offers the option to find cited references, which are the authors lists of articles used in their research.
Scopus  (1996+)
Note: Princeton's Institutional ID (needed for Papers software): 51401.
International coverage of journal articles, selected web sites, and patents in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; provides citation tracking for 1996+
AAPG Datapages  (1917+)
Full text access to American Association of Petroleum Geologists publications, including AAPG Bulletin, AAPG Special Volumes, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, Journal of Petroleum Geology, Journal of Sedimentary Research. Coverage varies from 1917 to present. Also includes publications by several regional groups.
The online catalog of Princeton University's Map Collection located in the Geosciences Library on B-Floor of Fine Hall. The focus of the collection is contemporary maps (1918+), although it also has some older geologic and topographic maps. Includes maps showing political, physical and cultural geography, road maps and topographic and bathymetric maps and charts. The catalog does not cover the collection completely.
Contains records drawn from the World's literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences. Includes summaries from journal titles, conference proceedings, books, technical reports and monographs.
Indexes key journals, books and other publications in the fields of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, environmental mineralogy and related topics. Electronic version of Mineralogical Abstracts. Produced by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland.
Geoscience resource for maps and related data about geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology.
Oceanic Abstracts  (1981+)
Covers worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish water environment. Focuses on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aqua culture, non living resources, meteorology and geology, and environmental, technological, and legislative topics.
Provides summaries of the world's technical and scientific literature on water related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports in the physical and life sciences, engineering, legal and government publications. A subfile of Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management.

Important Resources

General science and technology articles from English-language periodicals published in the United States and elsewhere; non-English language articles are included if English abstracts are provided.
Covers the world micropaleontological literature, updated monthly. Produced by Micropaleontology Press in cooperation with the American Geological Institute.
With more than 13,000,000 records from publications in over 90 countries, Biosis Previews is the most comprehensive index of journals, meetings, conferences, and symposia in the life sciences. Although this is not a full-text article database, our PULinks system conveniently links you to the full-text
Chemical Abstracts  (1907+)  
Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students. PU users must register for a personal SF Web account.
Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of chemistry. Combines several Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases:
Extensive bibliographic database of engineering research. Indexes journal papers and conference proceedings. The broad subject areas of engineering and applied science are comprehensively represented.
Covers earthquake engineering and earthquake hazard mitigation. Indexes journals, conference proceedings, and research and technical reports. Includes reports of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center and Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
Environment Complete  (1888+)  
Covers policy issues in a broad range of environmental topics. US and international journals indexed. Subjects include agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, environmental law, geography, marine and freshwater resources, public policy, social impacts, and urban planning. Formerly known as Environmental Knowledgebase OnLine.
Multidisciplinary database focusing on the environmental sciences. Indexes scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. Topics covered include agricultural biotechnology; energy resources; land, air, water, noise, solid waste, and radioactive pollution; risk assessment and safety science.
Detailed index of inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Fully searchable by structures, substructures, and reactions.
INSPEC  (1896+)  
Major bibliographic database concentrating on physics, electrical and electronic engineering, information technology, computer and control systems, and manufacturing, production engineering, and information technology.
Collection of the latest leading technical and engineering reference books.
Group V includes global climate, geophysics of the solid earth, the moon and the planets, meteorology, oceanography, physical properties of rocks
Source for accessing unclassified reports from U.S. and international government agencies. Provides access to over two million critical citations from government departments such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Historical and current unclassified government technical reports archived by the National Technical Information Service; includes many full-text documents from Department of Energy, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
U.S. Government portal to Science & Technology data and information, including full text reports and bibliographic data. The federated search covers deep web materials and can include,, and for data.
Interdisciplinary database covering a wide variety of journals from subject area such as biology, medical sciences, earth sciences, environmental studies, pharmacy, public health and education. The database includes searchable tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature.
SciTech Connect  (1948+)  
Energy related full text technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Scienctific and Technical Information and predecessor agencies the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Includes publicly available energy and energy related literature in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, fission and nuclear technologies, fossil fuels, geosciences, materials, mathematics, computing, physics and more.
Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students.
Collection of technical literature related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Access requires authentication (restricted to Princeton University users).

Related Resources

ADS (NASA)  (1975+)  
Funded by NASA, ADS maintains 3 bibliographic databases - Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics and Geophysics, and ArXiv Preprints - containing more than 8.5 million records, and digital scans of archival materials.
Antarctic Bibliography  (1957+)  
Covers all disciplines dealing with Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean, and subantarctic islands including geological, medical and biological sciences; meteorology; oceanography; atmospheric and terrestrial physics; expeditions; logistics equipment and supplies; and tourism.
Provides coverage of Antarctic research and exploration and cold regions engineering and physical science information .
Note: Additional features available via client software; email for information
Repository for small molecule crystal structures compiled by Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. Consists of the space group symmetry of the crystalline phase, its cell parameters, the relative atomic coordinates of all the atoms in the cell in 3D
Signed articles on resource exploitation, environmentalism, ecology, geology, biology, and the economic application of the Earth's resources.
ICSD Web  (1913+)  
Comprehensive database of inorganic crystal structures. Contains records for elements, and binary, ternary, quaternary and quintenary compounds. Over 70% have been assigned a structure type, and the remainder are prototypes. Detailed searching forms for chemistry, symmetry, structure type, etc. are available, as well as analysis of large, complex data sets.
Attempts to identify and describe all publications that result from, or are about, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 and the 3 previous IPYs.
Detailed statistical reports in the oil and gas industries. Includes exploration & production, refining, LNG, pipelines, storage, tankers, deals and forecasts, as well as the latest research reports, news and opinions.
Most comprehensive index to zoological literature. Records cover every aspect of zoology, including biochemistry, behavior, ecology evolution, genetics, etc. Over 4,500 international serials plus approximately 1,500 non-serial publications are currently monitored, including professional journals, magazines, newsletters, monographs, books, reviews, and conference proceedings.

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