Finding an Article using GeoRef
GeoRef contains references to many geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses including references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey. This tutorial illustrate locating materials from GeoRef. If you are off-campus, use the proxy server by accessing GeoRef using the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site.
Looking Articles on a Topic
Example 1 - African Monsoons
A search using the terms, monsoon and Africa*, was performed. The * symbol is used to find variations in the keywords, such as Africa and African. If a search term is singular (i.e. monsoon), the plural and possessive version of a word are found as well (i.e. monsoons). To perform a more limited search, use a subject search instead of keyword; select publication type (articles, books); or select a date range. You might want to choose the Exclude Abstracts Only checkbox.
- Relations between Mediterranean cyclones and African monsoon from speleothems of Negev Desert, Israel.
Vaks, A. In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, July, 2008, Vol. 72, Issue 12S, pp.A969
- Oceanic link between abrupt changes in the North Atlantic Ocean and the African monsoon
Chang, Ping In: Nature Geoscience, July, 2008, Vol. 1, Issue 7, pp.444-448
Subject terms can be found by looking at the subjects of an article of interest. See the subjects for "Relations between Mediterranean cyclones and African monsoon from speleothems of Negev Desert, Israel."
- Subjects: Quaternary geology; Isotope geochemistry; Africa; Asia; carbonates; Cenozoic; correlation; cyclones; D/H; deuterium; geochemistry; glacial environment; humid environment; hydrogen; interglacial environment; isotope ratios; isotopes; Israel; Mediterranean region; Middle East; monsoons; Negev; O-18/O-16; oxygen; paleoclimatology; precipitation; Quaternary; solution features; speleothems; stable isotopes; terrestrial environment; upper Quaternary
Subject terms can be found by searching the thesaurus as well. The thesaurus provides the official terminology of the database (see Thesaurus from menu). If there is not a PDF Full Text link, select to find the article. "Relations between Mediterranean cyclones and African monsoon from speleothems of Negev Desert, Israel" is available at the Electronic Journal Center (EJC).
If there is not a link to full text via OLinks as in the case of "Oceanic link between abrupt changes in the North Atlantic Ocean and the African monsoon," select Search by title in the University of Akron library catalog to search the UA Libraries Catalog for the journal or source.
NOTE: GeoRef sometimes provides a PDF of the material, but often it lists articles (maps, etc.) on a topic and indicates WHERE they can be found. The catalog shows if we have the journal (book, conference proceeding, etc.) that contains the article (map, etc.). Be sure that we have the volume/issue/year that contains the article.
As seen in the catalog, we have access to Nature: Geoscience electronically. Select the Go button and find the correct volume (vol. 1), issue (no.7), and page (p. 444).
Example 2 - Resistivity methods used in karst applications.
The subject Resistivity was chosen in performing an initial search on the topic. Other subjects might be relevant to your search, such as dipole-dipole methods. In addition to the subject Resistivity, the query searches for ANY of the following terms to appear: karst, caves, sinkholes, underground streams, or caverns. Quotation marks were used for two exact phrases requiring the phrase "underground stream" or "underground streams" to be in the record. Another option would be to use the near operator, "N" or the within operator "W." The Exclude Abstracts Only checkbox was selected.
- Detection of cavities in a karst area by means of a 3D electrical resistivity technique.
Park, Samgyu In: Exploration Geophysics [Melbourne], 2009, Vol. 40, Issue 1, pp.27-32
- Investigation of coastal hydrogeology utilizing geophysical and geochemical tools along the Broward County coast, Florida
Reich, Christopher D. In: Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey, 2009
- Mapping of karst bedrock to define groundwater pathways underlying an industrial facility using the electrical resistivity imaging method.
Troup, Alan P. In: Geotechnical Special Publication, 2003, Vol. 122, pp.717-730
To find the "Detection of cavities in a karst area by means of a 3D electrical resistivity technique," select .
The Olinks screen indicates that "No print holdings found," but ALWAYS double check in our catalog. Select Search by title in the University of Akron library catalog. Take note of the ISSN number and try the search by ISSN as well. We do not have a copy of this article in our library or electronically. Use the Request through interlibrary loan link (see tutorial). They will retrieve it for you if it is possible.
Using the Find It! button for "Investigation of coastal hydrogeology utilizing geophysical and geochemical tools along the Broward County coast, Florida" would show that we do not have this item in our catalog. Since this is a publication through USGS, try the USGS Publication Warehouse to determine if there is full-text online.
To determine if we have access to "Mapping of karst bedrock to define groundwater pathways underlying an industrial facility using the electrical resistivity imaging method," select .
The window states that there are "No print holdings found," but let's double check. After selecting Search by title in University of Akron library catalog, a results list of several Geotechnical Special Publications appears. Sometimes items in a series have a separate record for each year as in this example and other times they are all in one record in the catalog. Since each year has individual records, limit the years in the results list to decrease the number of results by selecting the Limit/Sort Search button.
As seen in the catalog, we have the special publication that contains this paper.
Some Other Searching Tips
- To narrow topic, use a Boolean “AND”; the near “N#” (any order, # is number of words) or within “W#” (order of entry, # is number of words) operator; or use specific subject terms.
- To expand a topic, use a Boolean “OR” or search for keywords. Maybe even choose broader search terms.
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