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Subject Guide for Geophysics

Geophysics: Major branch of the Earth sciences that applies the principles and methods of physics to the study of the Earth. Geophysics deals with a wide array of geologic phenomena, including the temperature distribution of the Earth's interior; the source, configuration, and variations of the geomagnetic field; and the large-scale features of the terrestrial crust, such as rifts, continental sutures, and mid-oceanic ridges. Modern geophysical research extends to phenomena of the outer parts of the Earth's atmosphere and to the physical properties of other planets and their satellites. (Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica)

 

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Abstracts and Indexes to Academic or Scholarly Articles
Although many databases contain links to full-text articles, when you find article citations in the index databases, you need to search Chinook to see if University Libraries own that periodical title.

CU GeoRef
GeoRef is a bibliographic database that indexes geosciences, including geology, geophysics, geochemistry, paleontology, hydrogeology, hydrology, and minerology. The database contains over 2.1 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply. Coverage: 1789 - present.

CU Engineering Village 2--Compendex and INSPEC
Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature. Contains references and abstracts to engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Subject areas include: chemical and process engineering, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications as well as civil and mechanical engineering. Coverage: 1970 - present.

INSPEC is a bibliographic database that indexes physics, astronomy and astrophysics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control engineering and information technology. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply. Coverage: 1968 - present.

CU Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA)
Contains bibliographic citations with abstracts on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences. Coverage: 1974 - present.

CU NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Provides "four bibliographic databases containing more than 2.4 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and preprints in Astronomy." In addition to bibliographic citations, the site provides scanned full text access to "much of the astronomical literature." Abstract and index coverage: 1975 - present.

CU Science Direct
Full text of over 800 journals published by Elsevier Science. Browse by journal title or search by author, keyword, title, publication date. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply.

CU SPIN Web
Bibliographic citations to over one million citations on the physical science, including astronomy and astrophysics. Also includes a browse feature for online journals, a directory searchable member directories of American Institute of Physics' Directory of Physics, Astronomy, & Geophysics Staff (DPAGS), and Member and Affiliated Societies. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply. Coverage: 1975 - present.

CU Web of Science
Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in 5,700 of the world’s leading scholarly science and technical journals covering more than 164 disciplines. Coverage: 1970 - present.

 

Abstracts and Indexes to Magazine & Newspaper Articles
Although many databases contain links to full-text articles, when you find article citations in the index databases, you need to search Chinook to see if University Libraries own that periodical title.

CU Applied Science and Technology Index
Indexes trade and industrial publications, journals issued by professional and technical societies, and specialized subject periodicals, as well as special issues such as buyers' guides, directories, and conference proceedings. Coverage: 1983 - present.

CU General Science Abstracts/Full Text
Abstracts popular and scholarly journals in the fields of Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Conservation, Earth Science, Environment, Food, Genetics, Health, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Nutrition, Oceanography, Physics, Physiology, and Zoology. Coverage: May 1984 - present.

CU Expanded Academic Index
Available to campus IP addresses. CU Remote access information.
An interdisciplinary database that contains citations, abstracts, and links to selected full-text articles from general interest magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers. Coverage: 1980 - present.

 

Dictionaries

Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology

Earth Science, Math Physics, and Earth Science Reference Q123 .A33 1992

 

Dictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy

Math Physics Reference QB 14 D53 2001

 

Facts on File Dictionary of Geology and Geophysics

Earth Science Library QE 5 L36 1987

 

Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations

Browse or search this online reference from Wiley Interscience. Includes reference tables such as mathematical signs and symbols and symbols and values for selected physical constants.

Directories

Associations Unlimited

 

Directory of Physics, Astronomy & Geophysics Staff

Print edition: Math Physics Library Reference QC 45 A1 D5

 

Membership directory -- American Physical Society

Math Physics Library Reference QC 16.2 A43

 

Scholarly Societies-Earth Sciences

Online

 

Scholarly Societies-Physics

Online.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Math Physics Library Reference QC5 .E543 1991

 

Magill's Survey of Science. Earth Science Series

Earth Science Library Reference QE 28 M33 1990

 

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Of Science & Technology (Access Science)

Print edition: Science Library Reference Q 121 M3 1997

 

Handbooks and Manuals

Global Earth Physics : A Handbook of Physical Constants

Earth Science Library Reference QC808.8 .G56 1995

Internet Links

InfoMine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Math

 

PhysicsWeb

 

PSIGate: Physical Sciences Information Gateway