Natural disasters ATOC 185 / EPSC 185

Liaison librarians

  • Giovanna [dot] Badia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7340
  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
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Where to Find Background Information

If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia.

Title Call number
  • Encyclopedia of disasters
  • Encyclopedia of earth
  • Encyclopedia of earthquakes and volcanoes
QE521 R58 2007
  • Encyclopedia of earth science
Ref QE5 K85 2005
  • Encyclopedia of geology
  • Encyclopedia of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones
QC944 L66 2008
  • Encyclopedia of natural hazards
  • Encyclopedia of ocean sciences
  • Encyclopedia of the solar system
  • Encyclopedia of volcanoes
  • Encyclopedia of weather and climate
Ref QC854 A45 2007
  • Handbook of weather, climate, and water: atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, and societal impacts.
  • Natural disasters
Ref GB5014 D38 2008
  • The Oxford companion to the earth


Where to Find References to Journal Articles

Recommended databases:

  • Web of Science - multidisciplinary, includes who has cited an article
  • Scopus - multidisciplinary, includes who has cited an article

Other databases to try:


Search Tips

Boolean operator AND e.g. hurricane AND agriculture will retrieve articles containing both words, hurricane AND agriculture in the title or abstract; this will decrease your search results
Boolean operator OR e.g. power OR electricity will retrieve articles with either power OR electricity in the title or abstract; this will increase your search results
Phrase searching “___” e.g. "ice storm" will retrieve records containing the phrase ice storm
Truncation */? e.g. volcan* will retrieve references containing the words volcano, volcanoes, volcanic, etc.


How to Locate Journal Articles or Books

Look for the Find Full Text button when searching databases. 

Search the McGill Library Catalogue to find journals or books, whether in print or electronic format.


The library has many e-book packages that contain material that may be useful for your assignment. These include:

  • ScienceDirect - provides e-books published by Elsevier. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a green square box.
  • SpringerLink - provides e-books published by Springer. You may download individual chapters and the whole book in PDF.
  • Wiley Online Library - provides e-books published by Wiley and its partner publishers.

Please go here for a more comprehensive list of e-book packages in the physical sciences.

How to obtain materials not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books that are not available at McGill using COLOMBO.  Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with COLOMBO.

Selected Internet Sites


Writing and Referencing Your Paper

Writing tools & style guides

EndNote citation software

  • You can download EndNote citation management software for free. With this software you can get references directly from many databases, such as Web of Science.
  • EndNote Web is now available at McGill University. To access EndNote Web you need to create a personal account. You may sign up for an account with your McGill email address.
  • There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively


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