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Earth and planetary sciences

Liaison librarian

  • Giovanna [dot] Badia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7340
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Workshop materials

Where to Find Background Information

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

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, or a collection of e-books

Where to Find References to Journal Articles

  • Web of Science
    Multidisciplinary database; allows citation searching
  • Scopus
    Multidisciplinary database; allows citation searching
  • GeoRef
    Subject-specific database; provides access to the geoscience literature of the world; it covers the geology of North America from 1785, and the rest of the world from 1933
    Subject-specific database; covers development studies, earth sciences, ecology, geomechanics, human geography, and oceanography 

Additional sources for finding references to journal articles

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.

How to Locate Books or the Full Text of Journal Articles

Look for the Find Full Text button when searching databases.  Click on this button to link to our catalogue.

The library has two versions of its catalogue.  Search the McGill WorldCat Catalogue or the McGill Classic Catalogue to find books or journals, whether in print or electronic format.

How to Obtain Materials not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books that are not available at McGill using our inter-library loan system, Colombo.  Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with Colombo.

To request an inter-library loan:
1- Visit http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/interlibrary  
2- Log in to Colombo using your McGill username and password. 
3- Click on the "Create Request" link on the left-hand side of the page.  
4- Complete the online form.  Enter as much information as you have about the article or book.  If you need to leave some fields blank, do not worry about it.
5- Select a "Pickup Location" at the bottom of the form.  It is a required field on the form, even though you will be receiving a digital copy if you are requesting a journal article or book chapter. 
6- Click on the "Request" button.  You will see a confirmation message.  Remember to sign out of Colombo.


Selected Internet sites for Earth and planetary sciences

Sources of Photographs & Images for EPSC topics

Use the EPSC Images Search Engine to identify which of the resources below contains the best images on your topic.  Then, visit the appropriate resource to conduct a comprehensive search of its website.    

Other Internet resources

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