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Earth Sciences: Finding articles / Databases

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  

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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
Training material

SADC Groundwater Literature Archive (with compliments of the British Geological Survey and the SADC Groundwater Management Institute)

* SciFinder-n Valuable resource for geochemistry research
Use your existing SciFinder credentials to log into SciFinder-n.
First-time users should go to the registration page at to register as a CAS user before they continue to SciFinder-n

Training tutorials

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 databases Scopus, Web of Science and Ebsco)

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

Earth Science Open Access Reprints

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