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On this page
- Where to Find Background Information
- Where to Find References to Journal Articles
- Search Tips
- How to Locate Journal Articles or Books
- Selected Internet Sites
- Writing and Referencing Your Paper
If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia.
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- Web of Science - multidisciplinary, includes who has cited an article
- Scopus - multidisciplinary, includes who has cited an article
Other databases to try:
- GeoRef - comprehensive geoscience database, produced by the American Geological Institute. Includes reports, maps, theses, conference presentations.
- Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database - covers environmental sciences (4000 sources of information)
- Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts - covers over 600 important international publications, including proceedings, reviews and annuals
- GEOBASE - covers physical and human geography, geology and ecology
- American Meteorological Society Journals Online - covers journals published by the American Meteorological Society
- GeoScienceWorld - full text database of the journals published by leading geoscience societies
|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.|
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.
- Dartmouth Flood Observatory
- CAMEL: Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, e-Learning
- Earthquake Hazards Program (U.S. Geological Survey)
- El Nino Theme Page (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
- How Volcanoes Work (San Diego State University)
- National Hurricane Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster December 2004: a select guide to information (University at Buffalo Libraries)
- Landslide Hazards Program (U.S. Geological Survey)
- NASA’s Hurricane Resource Page
- National Geophysical Data Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center (ebrary)
Writing tools & style guides
- Citing Sources in APA (Purdue University), example of an author-date style
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, available in print format at McGill Library
- APA Style (official website)
- The Chicago Manual of Style, example of an author-date style
- Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide
- Annotated Bibliographies (Purdue University)
- Routes of Writing (McGill University)
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