Note: Some of these indexes include full text. If not, UIUC has access to the full text of many of these articles.
Check The Full List of Electronic Journals Available to UIUC Patrons or come talk to the Geology Librarian in Room 223 Natural History Building. If full text is not available, UIUC also has many print journals.
For other online indexes, go to the Advanced Version of this Web page.
Connect to Full Text Electronic Journals in the Geosciences
The Full List of Electronic Journals Available to UIUC Patrons
National Academy Books
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Publications
Index of USGS Online Publications (Central Region) - Includes links to Bulletins, Circulars, Fact Sheets, Open File Reports, Professional Papers, and more.
References for Scientific Communication and Literary Style - from Dr. Steven Altaner, Geology Dept., UIUC
GSA Style Guide
AGU Style Guide
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
Citing Electronic Information
Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey
Online Reference Collection
Glossary of Geology, 4th ed., 1997, edited by Julia A Jackson: In the Geology Reference area [550.3 Am3gL1997]
Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences: In the Geology Reference area [551.46003 En192 (6 volumes)]
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, edited by Sybil P. Parker: Geology Reference [551.46003 M178] Also in Undergraduate, Grainger, and Main Library Reference.
Your textbook and current news are places to start looking for a topic.
One of the most common mistakes made by college students is the failure to sufficiently narrow the topic of the paper. For example " Thermohaline Circulation " might be a good place to start, but needs to be narrowed.
Another common mistake is to narrow the topic to the point that not enough material is available.
One strategy would be to search " thermohaline" in an index, look at the material available, and then narrow the topic based on ideas gained from the original search.
It is helpful to create a chart of main idea terms and their synonyms and related phrases. You will add to your list as you search and evaluate your search results. Example:
|thermohaline circulation||AND||climate change||AND||North Atlantic|
|AND||abrupt climate change||AND|
|AND||rapid climate change||AND|
The basic indexes above, plus the Web, and the Library Online Catalog will probably be sufficient resources for this assignment.
If you would like to try GeoRef, or some of the more advanced databases, here are a few concepts that will help with nearly any electronic database:
Use the Basic Indexes above, or....
Many other databases are available: Take a look at these lists.
There are a number of libraries on campus. The books and journals you need may be in any of several, including the Undergraduate Library, the Main Library, and the Geology Library. Undergraduates can get material out of the Main Library by going to the Main Library circulation desk and requesting it. (The Main Library is sometimes referred to as "The Graduate Library". This is incorrect. While undergraduates cannot go into the Main Library stacks, they can still go into the building and get material). The Geology Library is in the Natural History Building in room 223 (near the buffalo). Just ask for what you need at the desk. If you need an article, don't forget to check whether it is available as full text online.