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Information Resources for Earth Sciences

This page will help you find academic information beyond the books and eBooks which can be located through LibrarySearch.

Cardiff University subscribes to a wealth of resources to help you find information for your research as well as providing access to academic journals and other publications. Resources which are of particular use in Earth Sciences are outlined below.



Find academic publications such as journal articles and conference papers


ArticleSearch from LibrarySearch is an easy way to find some online journal articles and other high quality sources on a topic. It's important to sign in to get full access. ArticleSearch doesn't cover all of the online journals in the library collection but it is a quick and easy starting point and all results will be available in full-text. To use ArticleSearch, go to LibrarySearch and select the ArticleSearch tab. Leave QuickSearch as the setting in the menu on the right-hand side.


Databases such as Web of Science and Scopus identify articles across a huge range of journal titles. Sometimes databases offer direct access to the full text if Cardiff University subscribes to the journal.  If full-text access isn't offered through the database, click the Check for full text button if the database has one, or use LibrarySearch to search for the title of the journal in which the article is published to see the date ranges for which we have access in print, online or both.

Databases are best accessed via Cardiff Portal. Click on Library and Databases (A-Z and MetaLib)

Database (* = top three database) Content
*Scopus Multi-disciplinary content covering over 20,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage extends back selectively to 1960.
*Web of Science (via Web of Knowledge databases)Multi-disciplinary content, including all branches of the biosciences. Coverage extends back to 1900. Web of Science is found within the Web of Knowledge set of databases.  Click on the Select a Database tab for link.  
* Digimap®
(registration required)
The most comprehensive maps and geospatial data available in UK Higher and Further Education. More information about Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection and other services available from Digimap can be found on the Digimap support page.
Landmap: satellite image and elevation maps of the British Isles (registration required)The Landmap Service provides UK academia with a high quality spatial data download service which is enhanced and supported by a range of e-learning materials. Landmap datasets are organised into 5 unique collections:
Optical & Thermal Collection, Radar Collection, Elevation Collection, Feature Collection and UKMap Collection.
Ei Compendex Abstracts and references to the scientific and technical literature in the field of engineering.
ICONDA References to publications in the areas of construction, architecture, civil engineering and town planning.


Google Scholar is a useful search engine for finding academic publications.  If you use it on-campus it will automatically connect you to Cardiff University subscribed full-text but if you use it at home you will need to set this up.  At the top right hand side of the screen click on Settings then Library links.  Enter Cardiff University in the search box and then select the Cardiff University results by ticking in the boxes.  The Full Text @ Cardiff links will now appear with your results and you will be able to access subscribed full-text articles once you log in with your network username and password.



Find theses


Database Content
Proquest Dissertations and Theses References to theses from UK universities, with a small number available online in full-text.
Ethos Electronic Thesis Online Service - opening access to UK theses. Service run by the British Library.
LibrarySearch References to Cardiff University theses which are held in our libraries and stores.



Get help

Subject Librarian Peter Hale and Assistant Subject Librarian Nicola Jones are happy to help with any questions you have about finding information. They may be contacted at:

Mr Peter Hale

Telephone: 029 2087 5037

Mrs Nicola Jones

Telephone: 029 2087 5128 (Science) 029 2087 5418 (Trevithick)

Science Library Contact Details

Phone:029 2087 4085