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Accessing the Databases
Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list! To access the databases from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID.
Background information helps you get familiar with your topic, narrow the scope, and create a focus.
Textbook reading is an ideal aid for this stage of your research.
Also, try Credo Reference and
Opposing Viewpoints (links are below) to develop a context for your topic. Make note of the terminology used by experts writing on your topic. This subject-specific terminology will help you create search words and phrases to find relevant information. Clicking on the links will take you to a representative article from both databases.
Environmental Topics is an open access discovery tool listing environmental topics within a searchable interface.
Geology Topic Page (Credo Reference)
Overview article from Credo Reference. Note: Related Articles and links to other information sources in LSC Libraries. Open the MindMap to see synonyms related terms, and concepts.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides topic overviews as well as collects a variety of sources, including statistics, reference materials, journal articles, news articles, images, and audio broadcasts.
Search interface allows discovery by topic or keyword. Browse the A-Z index for specific terms.
Using the information you have learned about your topic, dig into databases with subject terms, keywords and concepts you have gathered. The database selections below will have scholarly journal articles, science news, government publications and articles on critical issues related to the earth and the surrounding environment.
Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
The Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database includes the renowned Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Oceanic Abstracts, and Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA). It provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. The database includes specialized, editorially-curated A&I resources studying the critical issues affecting Earth’s air, land, and water environments.
Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Complete historical full text of all issues of peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Gale in Context: Science
Articles, experiments, videos, and podcasts on the most significant science topics of today. Contains magazine as well as academic journal and news articles.
This full-text, weekly multidisciplinary scientific journal publishes original peer-reviewed research and noteworthy science news (1997 to the present).