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Earth Sciences: Finding articles / Databases

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Quick access to full text articles

1)  Follow the full-text link from databases, OR
2) Search A-Z list of e-journals by journal title, OR
3)  Search article titles on Google Scholar  

Internet Archive Scholar

Includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitized copies of 18th century journals though the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web

Earth Science Open Access Reprints

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Key databases for Earth Sciences

Scopus  from Elsevier is a comprehensive abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to analyze and visualize research
Scopus Tip & Trick: search smarter, find faster
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SciFinder Scholar
Scifinder-n by the American Chemical Society is an excellent database for literature on geochemistry, mineralogy, metallurgy and fossil fuels. 

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Science Direct is a leading full-text scientific database
Training material

Web of Science
Web of Science provides access to Science Citation Index and Journal Citation Reports. Also features bibliometrics tools to analyse results
Training material


Digitized back issues of academic journals, but also includes books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals

CAB Direct

Looking for information on environment impact?

Contains information on geoscience publications, held by the Information Centre of the Council for Geoscience (CGS). About 1880 - present

* Sabinet African Journals (includes South African journals) (also indexed on abstract databases)

* GeoRef
A comprehensive geosciences database by the American Geological Institute. More than 3500 journals, books, maps, government reports, conference papers and theses and dissertations

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Access to PressReader

PressReader provides online access to over 7200 newspapers and magazines
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