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GEO 118: Oceanography

How to find background information

Use reference sources to get ideas for topics, to get background information, and to guide you to additional information.
Full access to more than 7100 articles, 115,000 definitions, 2,000 biographies, and research advances in science and technology. Updated daily.

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather
Sci Ref QC854 .E523 1996

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
Sci Ref GC9 E53 2001

Encyclopedia of Earth System Science
Sci Ref QE5 .E514 1992

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
Sci Ref GC9 .E53 2001

Encyclopedia of the Sea
Sci Ref GC9 .E38 2000

Facts on File Dictionary of Marine Science
Sci Ref GC9 .F28 1988

Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Marine Sciences
Sci Ref GC9 .I58 2002

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences
Sci Ref QE5 .E5137 1996

Sciences of the Earth: an Encyclopedia of Events, People, and Phenomena
Sci Ref QE11 .S38 1998

How to find books

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Reserve Books of Interest

The Edge of an Unfamiliar World; a History of Oceanography
GC29 .S34 1973

Exploring the Ocean World, a History of Oceanography
GC29 .E95

Ocean Politics and Policy: a Reference Book
GC64 .J33 2003

The Science of the Sea, History of Oceanography
GC11 .I3

Scientists and the Sea, 1650-1900: a Study of Marine Science
GC29 .D38 1971

Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans
GC30 .M4 H43 2002


Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery
Q175.46 .S35

Timetables of Science
Q125 .H557 1988

How To Find Journal and Newspaper Articles

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America: History and Life
Comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to present. Covers abstracts 1964 to the present.

General Science Full Text
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GPO Monthly Catalog
Over 380,000 records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. Covers July 1976 to the present.

More than 500,000 records covering international literature on geology, geography, and ecology. Covers 1980 to present.

Nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences. Covers 1785 to the present (North America) and 1933 to the present (entire world).

Historical Abstracts
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A collection of abstracts and articles from over 100 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

Connections to newspaper articles (including New York Times and Washington Post), business information (including SEC filings), and legal resources (including state and federal case law).

PAIS International
Index to policy-oriented literature (books, journal articles and U.S. and foreign government documents). International coverage of information about political, economic and social issues and events in specific countries. Covers 1972 to the present.

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Comprehensive indexing of 500 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982.

Web of Science (ISI)
The Institute of Scientific Information's premier citation databases in the physical, life, and social sciences. Search for articles that cite a known author or work or by standard search queries. Covers 1970 to the present.

Indexes and abstracts over 800 English-language periodicals in all subject areas, and provides the full-text of all the articles.

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