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Geology & Environmental Science

General geology and environmental science subject guide.

If your instructor has asked you to find a peer reviewed, scholarly, or refereed article, the easiest way is through the subject specific library databases.

Below are databases that are subject specific. Use the filters while searching to broaden or narrow your article search.

Want to learn more about what makes an article peer reviewed, scholarly or refereed? Check out the Types of Sources tab.

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While searching for an article

Look for this button to check if we have access to the article through another database or journal.

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If we don't have access to an article

You can request an electronic copy of it from another library using Interlibrary Loan. This can usually take 1-2 days.


Top Geology & Environmental Science Databases

Other helpful geology and environmental science databases

Search Strategies

Boolean Terms

AND- Searches for both terms in the same record

OR- Searches for records with either term

Not- Excludes records with that search term


*  Searches for words with alternative endings. Ex: behav* = behavior, behave

?  Represents a single character, anywhere in the word: Ex: analy?e

“...” Searches for records with the exact phrase

Volcano Keywords

GeoScienceWorld Tutorial