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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Display only the highlighted/core resources).

Subject Description: This subject covers: Earth sciences are basically applied sciences, and as such draw heavily upon the disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Find Articles, Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

    Databases, indexes, working papers and electronic journals

  Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Available in Full Text Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled Provided via ELM 
    Varies by indexed title; 1975 - present
Academic Search Premier contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600. Contains full text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, etc.
  General Science Collection Available in Full Text Authentication Required Provided via ELM 
Index with full text for more than 200 journals in biology, mathematics, physics, geology, and basic chemistry. Designed primarily for use in introductory courses.
  JSTOR Available in Full Text Authentication Required 
    does not allow access to past 2-5 years
JSTOR provides unique access to fulltext backfiles for more than 120 "core" scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, and philosophy. JSTOR's agreement with publishers provides a "moving wall" for access and does not allow access to fulltext for the most recent 2-5 years of articles.
  Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled 
    1974 - present
Comprehensive index with abstracts to literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences. Indexes over 600 journal titles in several languages.
  ScienceDirect Available in Full Text Authentication Required 
    1993 to present for Academic Press journals; 1996 to present for Elsevier journals
Search over 1,200 scholarly journals published by Elsevier. ScienceDirect is multisubject, but specializes in science. Note: We do not have full text access to all journals.
  Scopus (Science) Authentication Required FindIt! Enabled 
    1966 to present
Science, technology, engineering, medical and some social sciences literature from 15,000 scholarly journals from 4,000 international publishers. Also search Scirus, an Internet search engine for scientific information.

Find Books

    Library catalogs, e-books and reports

  Books and More Search (MnPALS Plus)
The online catalog of books, journals, government publications, video and audio resources, online resources, and other materials available through the Miller Center Library.

Find Facts, Definitions, Overviews

    Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks

  AccessScience: The Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Available in Full Text Authentication Required 
Provides overview on science and technology topics written by experts. Most include a bibliography. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
  Atlas of the Universe
    "A comprehensive guide to astronomy and space exploration"
  Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
This 6 volume encyclopedia covers theory and application of atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemical cycles, boundary layers, clouds, global change, meteorology, ozone, radar, satellite remote sensing, and weather.
Location: REF QC854 .A48 2003
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  Encyclopedia of Earth Available in Full Text 
A free encyclopedia, authored by a diverse group of scientists, experts, and educators, about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interactions with society. The scope includes the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, magnetosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere, and their interactions, especially in regards to how these systems support life and underpin human existence.
  Encyclopedia of Earth Science
Offers 700 entries covering earth science subdisciplines well as concepts, theories and hypotheses, places, events, geological time periods, history, technology, and key individuals.
Location: REF QE5 .K85 2005
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  Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science
Location: REF QE5 .F318 2000
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  Glossary of Meteorology
Authoritative source for definitions of more than 12,000 meteorological terms.
  Minnesota's Geology
Location: MN DOCS QE127 .O38 1982
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  Science Reference Center Available in Full Text Authentication Required Provided via ELM 
Full-text reference resource compiled from nearly 640 specialized encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, medicine, science & society, and technology.

Find Laws, Legislation, and Government Reports

    Publications of government agencies and legislatures

  American Institute of Hydrology
  American Meterorological Society
  Association of American State Geologists
  Earth Observing System
Part of NASA, the Earth Observing System coordinates satellite observation "for long-term global observation of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans."
  Global Hydrology & Climate Center
Research center working to "understand and predict the Earth's global water cycle, its connections to climate variability and weather."
  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  Minnesota Geological Survey
  National Climatic Data Center
"The world's largest archive of climate data."
  National Geophysical Data Center
From NOAA, web site for geophysical data such as hazards, marine geology, earth observations from space, and much more.
  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Provides imagery and geospatial intelligence in support of national security.
  National Weather Service Central Region Headquarters
Find weather warnings, radar and satellite observations, forecast and models and more.
  U.S. Geologic Survey
Agency that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.
  U.S. Geological Survey--National Mapping Information
Maps, symbols, digital raster graphics, standards, technical information, services, products, indexes, and satellite images.
  Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
"The Survey conducts earth-science surveys, field studies, and research. We provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, water resources, soil, and biology of Wisconsin. We collect, interpret, disseminate, and archive natural resource information. We communicate the results of our activities through publications, technical talks, and responses to inquiries from the public. These activities support informed decision making by government, industry, business, and individual citizens of Wisconsin."

Find Maps and Atlases

    Geographical, thematic and historical atlases and maps

  Sanborn Digital Maps 1867-1970 Available in Full Text Authentication Required 
Historic large scale maps (50 feet to the inch) of cities and towns in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas; maps include buildings and streets with original names. Most maps for Minnesota cities available from about 1880.

Use Research Guides and Style Manuals

    Assistance for research and writing

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  • Get live, online research help through AskMN chat: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  Citation Styles (APA, MLA, etc.)
Consult examples of APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian and other citation style formatting.
  Columbia Guide to Online Style
This site provides many examples for citing online resources in the bibliography of a humanities, social science or science research paper. See Preparing the Bibliographic Material once you have linked to this page.
  RefWorks Authentication Required 
RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography manager that can create your bibliography in seconds. Set up your account from an on-campus computer and then use RefWorks from any computer.
Note: If off campus, you will need the "group code" (RWStCloudSU). Tip: Remember to double check the formatting of your citations. Watch for RefWorks workshops held in the Miller Center.

Use Web Resources

    High-quality, reliable internet sites

  Atmospheric Optics
Learn about optical phenomena.
  Climate TimeLine Information Tool
Allows users to examine climate change and variability at different time scales.
  Climatic Extremes (NCDC)
Find information about weather and climate extremes.
  Climatological Database for the World's Oceans
Find data from 1750-1850 from historic naval logbooks.
  Earthquake Hazards Program (USGS)
Maps and statistics on earthquakes, information on reducing earthquake hazards, seismographic studies, and more.
Directory of Web links to sources of information on geography, geology, and environmental science. Maintained by a librarian at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
  Meteorology Online Guide
Instructional modules using multimedia technology including light and optics, clouds, winds, weather forecasting, storms and more.
  Mineralogy Database
"This mineral database contains 4,300+ individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library."
  Minnesota Climatology
Data available in several categories: Climate Monitor, Historical Data; Weather Summaries and Publications; Agricultural Climate Information; and other climate data resources (lightning strikes; sunrise & sunset times; and daily, weekly, and annual stream flow maps).
  National Geographic Society
The world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization and sponsor of National Geographic magazine.
  National Snow and Ice Data Center
NSIDC supports research into the world's frozen realms: the snow, ice, glacier, frozen ground, and climate interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere. They manage and distribute scientific data, create tools for data access, support data users, perform scientific research, and educate the public about the cryosphere.
  Remote Sensing Tutorial
From the Goddard Space Flight Center, learn about remote sensing and its applications or studying the earth and space. (FirstGov for Science)
A gateway to authoritative, selected science information provided by U.S Government agencies, including research and development results.
  SCSU LRTS Science, Engineering and Math LibraryBlog
Learn about new resources and services for students, faculty and staff from the College of Science and Engineering at the St. Cloud State University LRTS Library.
  Tornadoes from NOAA
Learn about tornados, historic yearly averages, and the Fujita Tornado Instensity Scale and more.
  Visible Earth
A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet
  Volcano World
Website from the University of North Dakota with link to current eruptions, interviews, volcano listings by name, descriptions, country and more.

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