Environmental Sciences

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Environmental Sciences

Independent Research - getting started

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How to identify different sources of information and links to useful books and ebooks.

• Developing advanced search strategies

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How to search systematically for literature. From the initial stages of understanding your vocabulary to using advanced features in databases.

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

There's a quick search video tutorial and a Refining Results video tutorial

There's not a video for the Expert Search, but there are help pages here, which are very useful. 


What

  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature

Why

  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied

How

  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Science Direct Advanced Search guide video is available.


• Scopus 

What:

  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. 

Why:

  • This database can be searched by keywords to find relevant articles. It is also possible to perform a cited reference search allowing you to snowball through the literature to find articles using citations. 

How:


fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

What:

  • Web of Science - part of the Web of Knowledge collection of databases - consists of a number of databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences.

Why:

  • This database can be searched by keywords to find relevant articles.  It is also possible to perform a cited reference search allowing you to snowball through the literature to find articles using citations.

How:

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

 

Referencing

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Guidance and support for referencing in APA7 and links to information on reference management software

Your Subject Team

 Hannah Britcher

Faculty Librarian

email sciencelibrarians@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3227

 Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

email Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3339