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EASC 403/617: Quaternary Geology

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Finding journal articles

Use the "Where Can I Get This?" links to find the full-text article.

Too many articles?

Try adding terms to your search. In some databases, you'll need to type "AND" between the words; in others, such as Web of Science, it's assumed.

Exact phrase searching will also narrow your search.

If appropriate, use subject searching instead of keywords (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar)

Use any relevant limits - limit to review articles, limit to articles published in the last 5 years, etc.  Be wary of limiting to full text as the Library's "Where Can I Get This" function can often lead you to the full text even if not provided by the database itself.

Consider using "NOT" to rule out irrelevant articles; e.g. diabetes NOT insipidus.  Use with caution as you may lose some good articles.

Too few articles?

Think of any possible synonyms you could use and add them to your search by using "OR" between words. Try thinking of broader synonyms; contraceptive rather than condom, for instance.

Use both subject headings and relevant keywords, combined with ORs.

Use truncation (aka wildcard searching) - put an asterisk before the end of a word to find all variant endings. E.g. geolog* will find articles using the words geology, geological, geologist, etc.

Check the subject headings (in EBSCO databases, look for "Thesaurus" in the top blue bar) to get ideas for other ways your idea might be categorized.

Finding books, atlases, field trip guides

Search the library catalogue.

Search tips:

Try using the following subject heading (select "Subject" from the drop-down menu):

Geology, Stratigraphic -- Quaternary

Use the keywords quaternary map to locate maps

Use the keywords field guide geolog* to locate field trip guides

Sample resources:

  • Geological field trips in southern British Columbia. [print]
  • Guide to geology of the Cascade Range : Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. [print]
  • Late Quaternary geology of southwestern British Columbia. [print]
  • Face of time; the geological history of Western Canada. [print]
  • Quaternary geological map of Greater Victoria. [print]

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