Guide to Online Earth Science Resources

Contents for Earth Science

Good Starting Places: Reference Books 

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 

 

Dictionaries 

Use the Library Search to look for more specialized dictionaries online. Type a word or phrase describing the subject, followed by "dictionary", for example,
          Asperger's dictionary
Limit your result to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results.

To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

 


 

Finding more electronic books 

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


 

Finding Articles on Your Subject

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."

Journal Article Databases 

These tools index and/or provide full text access to articles in magazines, newspapers, and scholarly or professional journals.

 

You may need to combine multiple search terms to find articles on your topic. Many databases have an Advanced Search screen that has find a form for entering multiple terms.

picture of Gale Advanced Search screen

TIP: When using keywords, try truncating: theor* finds theory, theories, theoretical, etc. (* is the truncation character for Gale).

If you find an article that meets your needs, look at its description for additional terms you can use to search.

Academic OneFile [Gale] More information about this database
A place to start. Has journals in all subjects. Click the box for limiting to documents with full text.
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources More information about this database
Information on many topics relating to the environment
ScienceDirect More information about this database
Over 900 full-text, academic journals. Journals available in the collection are shown with a green icon (picture of subscribed icon with text You are entitled to access the full text of this document), indicating full text.

Finding Images 

You may wish to find photos or diagrams of your subject.

Britannica ImageQuest is a searchable database of more than two million images. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.

To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

 

Internet Sites


Search earth science sites with our customized search tool, or browse the descriptions below.

 

Browsing List

Athena: Mineralogy - http://athena.unige.ch/athena/mineral/mineral.html
Information on minerals alphabetically, by class, by synonym. Searchable, and includes a database of pictures.
Oregon Climate Service - http://ocs.oregonstate.edu/
The official archive agency for Oregon weather and climate data, serving Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Publications
Use the Publications Search to look for articles in Oregon Geology and other publications.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network – http://www.pnsn.org/earthquakes/recent
Contains links to earthquake information sources around the world, including the Pacific Northwest.
NOAA - National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration - http://www.noaa.gov/
Part of the Department of Commerce, NOAA offers information on climate, weather, and the oceans.
USA Today Weather - http://asp.usatoday.com/weather/weatherfront.aspx
Weather information including maps and features.
U.S. Geological Survey - http://www.usgs.gov/
The home page of the United States Geological Survey, with links to sources on geology, mapping, and water, as well as highlightd sites of interest.
Washington Geology
Washington Geology is a pubication of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. A list of tables of contents with links to PDF issues is available.
Weather channel - http://www.weather.com/
Includes sections on breaking weather, forecasts by US and International city, maps, travel conditions and educational tools such as the Weather Encyclopedia which includes information on El Niño, global warming and severe weather. Weather.com/español ofrece información meteorológica en español para más de 38,000 ciudades.
 

Finding Additional Resources

See a list of printed reference books.

The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:

  • Geology
  • Geographical Magazine
  • National Geographic

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.

Summit

Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.


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Updated: 16 December 2014