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eBook Databases
Article Databases
Major Journals
Web Resources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Key Texts

Searching the Library Catalogue

For more resources in Soil Science, consult the library catalogue: McGill WorldCat.

You can also search the library catalogue by subject. The following is a list of example subject headings used in the catalogue:

Soil chemistry

Soil conservation

Soil ecology

Soil fertility

Soil management

Soil pollution

Soil physics

Soil science

Soil Classification

You can also browse the shelves at the following call numbers:

QH 84.8: Soil biology
QH 541.5 S6: Soil ecology
S 590-599.9 Soil science, including:
       S 592.16-592.17: Soil classification
       S 592.3-592.4: Soil physics
       S 592.5-592.6: Soil chemistry
       S 596.7-597: Soil-plant relationships
S 622-627: Soil conservation and protection (including soil degradation and erosion)
S 631-667: Fertilizers and improvement of the soil
TD 878-880: Soil pollution

eBook Databases

Ebooks are also listed in the Library Catalogue (McGill WorldCat), or they may be searched by individual collection/provider, for example:

  • CRCnetBASE
    Allows access to full text handbooks, references, and monographs published by CRC Press. Can search content or browse the Agriculture and Environmental Science categories.
  • ScienceDirect
    Provides detailed and exhaustive coverage of chapters of books in the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences. Includes journals as well, but searches can be refined to books only. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box.
  • SpringerLink Books
    Provides online access to chapters from over 15,500 book titles. Soil Science is included in the Earth and Environmental Science subject category. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box.

To see more ebook collections/providers available, please see the ebooks & media website

Article Databases

  • Agricola: 1970 to the present
    Indexes more than 2,000 serial titles as well as books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, research reports, government documents, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual content, and microforms pertaining to all aspects of agriculture.
  • Biological and Agricultural Index Plus: 1983 to the present
    Provides access to the core literature of biology and agriculture, including soil science.
  • CAB Abstracts: 1973 to the present
    A bibliographic database compiled by CAB INTERNATIONAL. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources.
  • Ecology Abstracts: 1982 to present
    Indexes current ecology research across a wide range of disciplines, focusing on how organisms of all kinds - microbes, plants and animals - interact with their environments and with other organisms. Included are relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment.
  • GeoRef: 1785 to present (North America) ; 1933 to present (Worldwide)br /> A comprehensive database in the geosciences, including soils. Contains references to over 3500 journal titles in 40 languages, books, maps, conference papers, reports, theses from U.S. and Canadian universities, and publications from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Canada.

Major Journals

Web Resources

Web Soil Survey from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA.

The Canadian Soil Information System (CANSIS) - Including links to Soil Landscapes of Canada and the third edition (1998) of the Canadian System of Soil Classification

Le plan géomatique du gouvernement du Québec

Canada Land Inventory (CLI)

Politique de protection des sols et de réhabilitation des terrains contaminés (Québec Ministère de l'Environnement)


Canadian Society of Soil Science

Soil Science Society of America

International Union of Soil Sciences

International Plant Nutrition Institute

Soil and Water Conservation Agency


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