GeoSciences

Some useful resources for GeoSciences are listed below.

agcensus

Access information: Available on and off-campus from EDINA (Choose Login via UK Federation).
Description: Agricultural Census data for England, Scotland and Wales downloadable or visualised as grid square estimates at 2km, 5km and 10km level of resolution.
Coverage:1969 to present.

Agricola

This database is hosted on a US Government website, and access is currently unavailable.

Access information:Free access on and off-campus from US National Agricultural Library.
Description:Bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the US National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its co-operators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines.
Coverage:15th Century-present.

Biosis Citation Index

Access information:On and off campus access via Web of Knowledge. Choose "Select a database" tab.
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Description:The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage:1926 to present.

CAB Abstracts

Access information: Access (on and off-campus).
Description:CAB Abstracts is the world's leading agricultural database. Find journals, books, conferences and reports. It covers significant research and development literature in the fields of animal and crop husbandry, animal and plant breeding, plant protection, genetics, forestry, veterinary medicine, aspects of human health, human nutrition, rural development, leisure and tourism and the management and conservation of natural resources.
Coverage:1910-present.

Columbia Gazetteer

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online contains over 170,000 articles or entries on all types of places throughout the world; both physical places and political entities.

Compendex Archive "Ei Backfile"

Access information:Access on and off-campus to the Compendex archive.
Description:The database of Engineering Index, providing coverage of the world's significant engineering and technological literature including journals, books, technical reports and conference proceedings.
Coverage:1884-1969
Note:University of Edinburgh has paid for access to the Archive only.

Digimap

Access information: Available from EDINA (Choose Login via UK federation) Users are required to register with Digimap the first time of use. Follow instructions provided.
Description: Digimap is an EDINA service that delivers Ordnance Survey Map Data to UK Higher Education. Data is available either to download to use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online. Digimap allows users to view and print maps of any location in Great Britain at a series of predefined scales.

Environment Digimap

Access:Available from EDINA (Choose Login via UK federation) Users are required to register with Digimap the first time of use. Follow instructions provided.
Description:Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap suite of on-line mapping services. Providing land cover mapping from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the service includes Land Cover maps from 2007, 2000, & 1997.
Users will be able to view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download the map data for use in geographical information systems.

Geology Digimap

Access information:Access on and off-campus. Choose Login via UK federation.
Description: Part of the Digimap Collection of online mapping and data delivery facilities. Geological maps and data from the British Geological Survey. View maps, save them for printing and download the geological map data (scales ranging from 1:625,000 to 1:50,000) for use in geographical information systems. Complete coverage of Great Britain is available except for a few areas of Wales at the most detailed level. There is also access to the Lexicon of Named Rock Units which has details for many of the rocks found on the map. Guides and demonstrations are available.

Inspec Archive

Access information:Access on and off-campus to the Inspec archive.
Description:Records with abstracts of articles published, in more than 6,500 physics, computer science, electronics, electrical engineering, control engineering journals and conference proceedings. Published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Coverage:1896-1969.
Note:University of Edinburgh has paid for access to the Archive only.

Landmap Spatial Discovery

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Spatial data resource which can be used for a wide range of applications within many disciplines. Optical, Radar and Elevation satellite datasets are available.

Lyell Collection

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Features the full-text content of the Geological Society journals, special publications and society book series. The content is fully searchable.

OnePetro

Access information:Access on campus, and off campus via the VPN.
Description:SPEOnePetro is a library of technical documents, conference proceedings and journal articles serving the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
Note:It is not necessary for users to register to use the service. However, registration provides additional features, eg saving search strategies and setting up email alerts of relevant new content.

SciFinder

Access information: Requires personal registration. Off-campus, you must be accessing the University network via the VPN service.
After 20 minutes of inactivity sessions will be closed automatically.
Description:Bibliographic information and abstracts of articles published from more than 10,000 journals. Covers chemistry (all aspects), chemical structures and patents, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics. Information on more than 50 million chemical substances.
Search by chemical structure or text. Full reaction searching allows you to specify reaction sites and map atoms in the reactants. Also, information on patents, chemical suppliers and regulations. Cited reference searching is possible.
Coverage:From 1800s onwards

Additional information

Scopus

Access information:Access on and off campus.
Description:Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. Covers 19,500 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage:For some subject areas, from the 1820s onwards.

Sociological Abstracts

Access information:Access on campus. Available off campus using the VPN.
Description:Primary resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations.
Records added after 1952 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles.

Key Resource

Web of Science

Access information:Access on and off campus.
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Description:Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Web of Science section has the ISI Citation Indexes and Cited Reference Search. Email alerts available.
Journal impact factors from Journal Citation Reports.
Coverage (see separate entries for details):Arts and Humanities Citation Index - 2,300 journals; 1975 onwards. Science Citation Index - 8,300 journals; 1900 onwards. Social Sciences Citation Index - 2,700 journals; 1900 onwards.
BIOSIS Citation Index - 3,700 journals, 2,000 meetings; 1926 onwards.
Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes - 1990 onwards.
AlsoBook Citation Index, Data Citation Index, MEDLINE, Zoological Record

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Journal Citation Reports:


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