Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Expanded Academic (Infotrac)
Web of Science/Web of Knowledge (Science Citation Index)
Science Direct (Elsevier Online Journals)
Engineering Village (Compendex, INSPEC, NTIS)
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
SciFinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts) - You must register first. Then login.
Water Resources Abstracts
Other Article Databases - for other disciples intersecting with geology (examples: health, life sciences...)
Locations of Many UIUC Print Geology Journals
Scirus - Searches for scholarly articles (most available to you online) or more scholarly web sites (either, or both; "both" is the default)
UIUC Online Library Catalog (Web)
See Library Catalogs for other online catalogs
ProQuest Digital Dissertations - many with full text online
GPO Monthly Catalog (MoCat)
Virtual Technical Reports Center - U. Maryland Libraries
National Academies Press
A place to start
EPA Envirofacts Data Warehouse
National Library for the Environment (CNIE)
Superfund Query Form
Chemical Scorecard - Environmental Defense Fund
Mineralogical Society of America Links
Links for Geology 118, UIUC
Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction - Mark Francek, CMU
Environmental Links from ChemIndustry.com
MSDS Search - Material Safety Data Sheets
RTKNet - (Right-to-Know)
DOE Information Bridge - Links to full text documents
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
Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey
Online Reference Collection
ChemNet - CRC Handbooks and Reference Material for Chemistry
EngNet - Chapman & Hall/CRC Handbooks and Reference Material for Engineering
Glossary of Geology, 4th ed., 1997, edited by Julia A Jackson: In the Geology Reference area [550.3 Am3gL1997]
One of the most common mistakes made by college students is the failure to sufficiently narrow the topic of the paper. For example "Asbestos" 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 "asbestos", look at the material available, and then narrow the topic based on ideas gained from the original search.
Think of synonyms. You will add to your list as you search and evaluate your search results. Example:
Or, instead of chrysotile, you could consider "amphibole OR grunerite OR amosite OR riebeckite OR crocidolite OR blue asbestos". Or you could compare both sets.
Your search strategy will partly depend on the search engine you use. Search engines are not yet standardized, and each will handle elements such as Boolean operators, truncation, and so forth differently. Consult the help functions for each search engine to ensure that you obtain the correct results.
ground *water and (mining or mines or tailing *) and (hazard * or toxic * or pollut *) and (model * or simulation )
GeoBase (OCLC FirstSearch)
Compendex Plus/ EI Compendex (Engineering Village)
U.S. Government Documents (GPO Monthly Catalog; MoCat)
Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey:
Web of Science: (ISI)
Many other databases are available: Take a look at these lists.
Please come see me if you need any help. If you'd like to make an appointment, contact me by phone (333-2676) or e-mail (luraj at uiuc dot edu).
Updated 08/02/06 lej
Created 01/16/02 lej
Converted 01/10 hyk