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Atmospheric and oceanic sciences

Liaison librarian

  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Course guides

Office hours

Office hours are held in Room 206 on the main floor of Schulich Library. Please tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email me) to make other arrangements if you are not available at the following time:

  • Tuesdays, 11-12pm for the winter 2015 semester

1. Sources for background information

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

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Explore other reference sources from Oxford Reference Online →

Explore other reference sources from Wiley InterScience →

2. Searching the library catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - weather, meteorolog?, hurricanes, etc.

Search tips for the library catalogue

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. meteorolog? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words meteorology, meteorological, meteorologists, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "climate change" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase climate change
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. precipitation AND (climate OR weather) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word precipitation AND either climate OR weather

You can also browse the catalogue, or the shelves at the following call numbers

  • GC1-1581


    • GC109-149

      Chemical oceanography

    • GC150-182

      Physical oceanography

    • GC190-190.5

      Ocean-atmosphere interaction

    • GC200-376

      Dynamics of the ocean

    • GC377-399

      Marine sediments

    • GC401-881

      Oceanography. By region

    • GC1000-1023

      Marine resources. Applied oceanography

    • GC1080-1581

      Marine pollution. Sea water pollution

  • QC851-999

    Meteorological climatology. Including the earth's atmosphere

    • QC974.5-976

      Meteorological optics

    • QC980-999

      Climatology and weather

      • QC994.95-999

        Weather forecasting

3.1 Core databases for Atmospheric and oceanic sciences

3.2 Additional databases for Atmospheric and oceanic sciences

Databases for related subjects

    Primarily for citations with abstracts to physics, among other disciplines.
  • Scopus
    Multidisciplinary. Allows citation searching.
  • Web of Science
    Access to Science Citation Index. Offers searching for articles, including cited author and cited work.
  • MathSciNet
  • General Science Full Text
    Intended for undergraduates.
  • SciFinder Scholar
    Provides access to more than 8000 journals and patent references. Intended for graduate students, faculty and researchers.
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    A database of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from the United States, Canada and selected international institutions.


You can also search the full text of core journals

Most of the Library's licensed electronic resources, such as databases, full-text online journals and e-books, are restricted to McGill students, faculty, staff and other authorized users of the McGill Library. Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.

4. Selected Internet sites for Atmospheric and oceanic sciences

5. Other resources


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