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Key databases for Geological Sciences

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Geological Sciences. You can also see a complete list of databases for Geological Sciences available from the Library.

AAPG Datapages

Search the AAPG Bulletin, Special Publications and Environmental Geosciences, plus publications of 27 AAPG-affiliated societies and sections.

Guide to using AAPG Datapages

Engineering Village

Subjects covered include engineering geology, environmental science, nanotechnology, geophysics, petroleum engineering and physics. This is the biggest and broadest engineering and computing database in the world. Search for journal articles, technical reports and conference proceedings. Includes the research databases Compendex and Inspec and the book collection Referex. It is better to de-select Referex if you are looking specifically for articles, as it improves the search.

Guide to using Engineering Village

Lyell Collection

Online access to the Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, Geological Society of London Special Publications and Memoirs, Engineering Geology Special Publications, Transactions of the Geological Society, and the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. It is possible to search within an individual title or across the full collection.

Guide to using Lyell Collection


OnePetro is a multi-society library that provides a simple way to search for and access a broad range of technical literature related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. From one place, you can search documents from many different professional societies, or similar organisations, that serve the oil and gas industry. The following organisations currently have their technical documents available through OnePetro: American Petroleum Institute (API), American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), NACE International (corrosion engineers), Petroleum Society of Canada (PETSOC), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA), The Society of Underwater Technology (SUT), and World Petroleum Council (WPC).

Guide to using OnePetro

Proquest: Science and Technology

This collection of databases allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in a wide range of science and technology subjects including biological sciences, environmental sciences, geology, water resources and engineering.

Guide to using Proquest: Science and Technology


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Guide to using Scopus

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science