Connect to Full Text Electronic Journals in the Geosciences
The Full List of Electronic Journals Available to UIUC Patrons
UIUC Online Library Catalog (Web)
See Library Catalogs for other online catalogs
Proquest Digital Dissertations (Dissertation Abstracts)
GPO Monthly Catalog (MoCat)
Index of USGS Online Publications - Includes links to Bulletins, Circulars, Fact Sheets, Open File Reports, Professional Papers, and more
USGS Publications Warehouse - many with links to full text; searchable
Virtual Technical Reports Center - U. Maryland Libraries
National Academies Press
I-Share: Get material from one of the other Illinois Libraries
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service
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
Citation Guides for Electronic Documents
Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey
Online Reference Collection
Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Other online reference resources are available from the Geology Library home page.
Print reference resources are available in the Reference Section (Reading Room) of the Geology Library.
Glossary of geology, 4th ed., 1997 [Geology Ref: 550.3 Am3gL1997]
Step 1. Select and narrow your topic.
Step 2. Choose your search terms.
Think of synonyms. You will add to your list as you search and evaluate your search results. Example:
Your search strategy will partly depend on the search engine you use. One database may be available from a number of different vendors, each with its own search engine. For example, the GeoRef database is available from Silver Platter, Ovid, DIALOG, and other vendors, each having a unique search engine. Search engines are not yet standardized, and each will handle elements such as search operators (combining terms), truncation, and so forth differently. Consult the help functions for each search engine to ensure that you obtain the correct results.
For this project, you will probably not need any other database besides GeoRef.
Search tips for GeoRef: GeoRef Tutorial or consult the "help & support link from the GeoRef search screen.
Example of a complex search strategy using Boolean operators, truncation and nesting with GeoRef:
leucite hills and wyoming and (petrolog * or petrogr * )
Your search strategy may also depend partly on the type of information needed. A knowledge of the Research and Publication Process is helpful in determining where the needed information may be "hiding".
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 (email@example.com).