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 illustrates 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
The search, 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.

Selected Results for the search monsoon AND Africa*

Subject terms can be found by viewing the subjects of an article of interest or by searching Thesaurus from the main menu. If there is not a PDF Full Text hyperlink, select the Full Text Finder button to find the article.

"Impact of monsoons, temperature, and CO (sub 2) on the rainfall and ecosystems of Mt. Kenya during the common era" is available at the Electronic Journal Center (EJC).

"Oceanic link between abrupt changes in the North Atlantic Ocean and the African monsoon" is available at the Nature Geoscience Web site.

When using GeoRef, sometimes you are lead to full text using the PDF Full Text hyperlink, the Full Text Finder button, or an URL in the record of the item that you are interested. Other times, GeoRef indicates WHERE an item can be found. In those cases, you need to go to the catalog to find out 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.

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, there are several terms that are related to karst. The query searches for ANY of the following terms to appear: karst, caves, sinkholes, underground streams, or caverns. Quotation marks were used requiring the phrase "underground stream" or the phrase "underground streams" to be in the record. The near operator, "N" could have been used for these two terms to achieve a similar effect (i.e. underground N1 stream).

The Exclude Abstracts Only checkbox was selected.

Selected Results for the search (karst OR caves OR sinkholes OR "underground stream" OR "underground streams" OR caverns) AND resistivity

We don't have a copy of "Reconnaissance evaluation of a potential future sinkhole using integrated simple surface geophysics and surface monitoring points" in our library or electronically. Use the Request through interlibrary loan hyperlink. They will retrieve it for you if it is possible. If this were a book, be sure we do not have a copy by searching

  1. the UA Libraries Catalog,
  2. OhioLINK, and
  3. SearchOhio.

Using the Request through interlibrary loan hyperlink for "Investigation of coastal hydrogeology utilizing geophysical and geochemical tools along the Broward County coast, Florida" would result in a failed interlibrary loan request because this is a publication through USGS. Always check the information in the URL field to determine if there is full-text free online.

Using the Request through interlibrary loan hyperlink for "Mapping of karst bedrock to define groundwater pathways underlying an industrial facility using the electrical resistivity imaging method," could lead to a failed interlibrary loan request because we have a paper copy in our library. Search for the source publication title (not article title) in the UA Libraries catalog, a results list of several Geotechnical Special Publications appears.

Sometimes a book series has a separate record for each year as in this example and other times the series has one record for all years 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.

The limiter for year of publication has two fields: an after and a before. Since this article is from 2003, enter 2002 in the after textbox and 2004 in the before textbox. We have the special publication that contains this paper.

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