Resources for Geography and Earth Sciences

Hi I'm Steve your subject librarian! These pages are designed to help you get the most out of our resources for Geography and Earth Sciences. Please get in touch with any questions, I'm here to help!

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Click through the tabs to explore the resources available.

Printed Materials

Printed Materials

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for Geography and Earth Sciences is found in the Hugh Owen Library.

Key areas on level F:
G Geography (general)
G141 Historical Geography
GA Mathematical Geography
GB Physical Geography
GC Oceanography
GE Environmental Sciences
GF Human Geography
HF Economic Geography
HT Urban Geography

Key areas on level E:
QE Geology / Earth Sciences
QH Natural History
RA Medical Geography & Climatology
SB National Parks
SD Forestry
TD Environmental Technology

Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

All the electronic resources for Geography and Earth Sciences can be found through Primo. Primo includes key resources such as citation databases, e-journals and e-books, selected websites, subject gateways, data and media resources, news, reference materials and library catalogues.

Visit and Sign In, then click on Resources A-Z to find an alphabetical listing of our major e-resources such as Digimap (Edina), ScienceDirect and Web of Knowledge.  This list includes essential information regarding access on and off-campus.

Find a summary of browsing and searching in Primo here:

There is also a short video available on Searching Primo Articles and More for Journal Articles:


Note on Accessing AU E-Resources

Most AU e-resources can be accessed on-campus, or off-campus using VPN, without the need for a password. Access requirements for each resource are given in our ElecInfo A-Z list, E-journals@Aber and in Primo.



Key Subject databases for DGES include:


Core databases
Ebscohost Green File

GeoRefer – Online Geographical Referencing Learning Resources for Social Scientists

Geoscience World

NASA Technical Reports server

ScienceDirect (Elsevier)
Web of Science Core Collection
Web of Science - All Databases Search 


Mapping databases
Coflein (RCHAMW)

Digimap (EDINA)

Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection (EDINA)

Environment Digimap (EDINA)

Geology Digimap (EDINA) 

GeoRefer – Online Geographical referencing Resources for Social Scientists

Historic Digimap (EDINA)

UK Census Geography


Employability resourcesDescription
Nexis UK

- for finding the latest news about the company you are applying for/attending interview.
A full-text database which searches regional, national and global newspapers from over 100 countries, business and industry trade magazines, business news and company information.

Companies House - beta trial service

- to access data for a UK company pre-interview/job application.
Public digital data held on the UK register of companies is now accessible free of charge, on its new public beta search service. This provides access to over 170 million digital records on companies and directors including financial accounts, company filings and details on directors and secretaries throughout the life of the company.

Charity Commission

- to access data for a UK charity for pre-interview/job application.
Provides financial data and key information for registered charities in England and Wales.

Business Source Complete

- for finding out more about the industry/sector you are applying for.
Can search for industry profiles, company profiles, market research reports, articles and relevant news articles.

Annual Report from over 5000 companies worldwide



Electronic Journal Collections
American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals Search
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Journals
Annual Reviews Journals  
Cambridge Core (books and journals)

Crystallographic Journals Online

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

GSA Journals 

Highwire Press (free papers)

Highwire Press (all titles browse)

Ingenta Connect


Oxford Journals (Oxford University Press)

Royal Society of Chemistry

Sage Journals Search

ScienceDirect - Journals (Elsevier)

Wiley Online Library


Zetoc Alerts


Library Catalogues
Explore the British Library
National Library of Wales

Suncat UK Academic Journal Holdings Catalogue


General Resources for DGES
American Meteorological Society (AMS) Journals
Anthropological Index Online
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press) Journals

Center for Research Libraries

Chemistry - Best of the Web

Crystallography Journals Online (IUCr)

DOE Information Bridge (Scitech Connect)

Eldis – Institute of Development Studies

ETHOS Thesis database

European Integration Archive

European Sources Online

GeoScienceWorld (GSW - Georef)

Google Image Search 

Google Maps

GSA Journals 

Internet for Geography

JISC Historical Texts 
JISC Journal Archives
Mass Observation Online (Adam Matthew Digital) 
ODP - Open Directory Project DMOZ (IndexData) 

OECD iLibrary - Science and Technology Statistics

ProQuest E-Books Central

Science Advances

ScienceDaily News Service

ScienceDirect - Journals (Elsevier)


SocArXiv (Social Science Preprints Archive)

Tropical Forest Conservation & Development Database  

UK Data Service Census Reports 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Information Skills

Information Skills

See our Information Skills for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorials for Geography and Earth Science.


Open Access

For information about publishing your papers using either the Gold Open Access pre-payment route or the Green Open Access repository route at AU, please see our Research Good Practice website at:



The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past papers. You can find details of all our collections Collections.

Services for Academic Staff

Services for Academic Staff

Your subject librarian can provide skills training for students and staff, resource evaluation and more. For full details see Academic Staff