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Earth Sciences: Find Articles

A guide to the reference sources and indexes to the journal literature in earth sciences.

Recommended Article Indexes

GeoRef is the major index to the geological literature from 1785 to present. Covers all aspects of terrestrial and extraterrestrial geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy, petrology, economic geology, hydrology, oceanography, geomorphology, geoarchaeology, and engineering geology.

Web of Science
Covers 5,900 journals in the basic and applied sciences, including earth and environmental sciences. Covers 1945-present (1901-present for articles from a select list of 250 very influential journals).

Arctic & Antarctic Regions
Arctic & Antarctic Regions
(AAR) is the world's largest collection of international polar databases. With over 1 million records from 1800 to the present, Arctic & Antarctic Regions covers a wide variety of sources from multiple disciplines.  Many of the sources indexed are covered only in Arctic & Antarctic Regions, making it an essential resource for research into polar and cold temperature environments.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM)
This database includes several useful subfiles, which can be searched individually or together (to search across all subfiles, click on the link above). Among the subfiles:

Water Resources Abstracts (1967-present)
Water Resources Abstracts indexes journal articles, papers, books and government reports on all aspects of water resources and water quality, primarily fresh water. Ground and surface water are both included.

Multidisciplinary database covering physical and human geography, geology, ecology, and related areas. International in scope, a good choice for global topics.

Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA)  Covers the world's literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, physical oceanography, hydrology, glaciology, and related environmental sciences. Produced by the American Meteorological society; covers 1974-present.