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* Geology Research Guide

Georef Search Tips

Universal search tips for most databases:

Combine terms using AND to narrow your results: Columbia Plateau AND Aquifer

Combine terms using OR to expand your results: Hydrogeology OR Groundwater

Limit your search to the subject headings or descriptors to make results more precise.

Add * to the root of a word to retrieve different spelling variations: stratigraph* gets stratigraphy or stratigraphic.

Use "" to search terms as an exact phrase: "Long Island"

Tips for searching GeoRef:

Check the box for limiting results to peer reviewed items; this will limit to peer reviewed articles only.

While viewing your results in GeoRef, use the Narrow results by . . . feature on your left.  

Limit to Peer Reviewed publications or you can limit by Source Type to Scholarly Journals.  Scholarly Journals includes journal articles and field trip guidebooks and USGS publications. 

Exclude the Document type Abstract Only (choose More optins . . ). 

Restrict your results to the Classification - Stratigraphy.

Library Links

Find Journal Articles - Key Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar - Use Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, and books from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Setup Google Scholar to show you with items are available through Penfield Library. Go to Settings, then Library links, then search SUNY Oswego and check the box for SUNY Oswego - CHECK PENFIELD LIBRARY. Click on Save to save your settings. Now your results will contain a links for checking Penfield's collection.

Google Scholar can also be used to find cited references for scholarly literature. Simply click on the "Cited by" link for any given item in your results list.

Find Journal Articles - Multidisciplinary Databases

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