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EARTH 100: Research preparation for undergraduates

EARTH 100 - Spring 2019 - Instructor: Saltzman, J

This guide provides resources on research and scientific literacy for Earth 100. 

Starting Out

We have access to over a thousand specialized databases in many different subject areas. You can view the full list of databases available at Stanford in SearchWorks. But which one is for you? If you can't decide, you can try a multidiciplinary research database that searches a broad number of topics.

 Not sure where to start? Try one of these databases.

Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Search and view over 600,000 maps and 160,000 tables sourced from esteemed geoscience publishers.
[United States] : GeoScienceWorld
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Serves as a comprehensive resource for research and communications in the geological and earth sciences. It is built on a core database aggregation of peer-reviewed journals indexed, linked, and inter-operable with GeoRef.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Search 10,000+ journals across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Move backward or forward in time using cited/citing references. Updated weekly, covers Sciences 1899-present, Social Sciences 1898-present, and Arts and Humanities 1975-present.

Literature Review Checklist

A literature search is a study of information and publications on a specific topic. If you want to write a scientific article, it is important you are aware of all the literature that exists around your specific topic. Consider these questions and more when reading your literature:

  • Have you analyzed the topic carefully?
  • Have you identified the key aspects of the topic?
  • Have you defined the key terms?
  • Have you used primary research from peer-reviewed journals?
  • What other research or supporting materials could you look at?
  • Have you evaluated the journals?  (Hint: Look at journal citation reports.)
  • Have you evaluated the authors? (Hint: Look at author citation reports.)
  • Have you evaluated the research? (Hint: Look at what has been published before and after in citation maps.)
  • Have you summarized the research in your own words?
  • Have you summed up your work?
  • Have you identified areas for further research?


Writing Help

A list of resources to assist with writing and publishing for Earth Sciences.

2nd, comp. rev. ed. Weinheim ; Cambridge : Wiley-VCH, 2004.
Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » QD9.15 .E23 2004
PRINT ONLY. Coming to the aid of all those wishing to improve the quality of their scientific writing -- established researchers and aspiring students alike -- three experienced authors/scientists from differing backgrounds and cultures have compiled this classic guide.
Boston : Pearson, c2012.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Stacks » QE48.85 .C67 2012
PRINT ONLY. Instruction concerning the rules and styles of writing and speaking are addressed in relation to technical concerns specific to the Earth sciences, illustrating the importance of effective communication in geologic investigations. The book includes guidance on how to write an effective research paper, and the creation of PowerPoints, posters, a thesis, funding proposals, and more is covered in detail.
5th ed. Alexandria, Va. : American Geological Institute, c1995.
Earth Sciences Library (Branner) » Stacks » QE48.85 .G46 1995
PRINT ONLY. This introduction to writing, editing, and printing will help students and scientists cope with a process that many dread - the process that starts with a decision to write something for publication.
New York : Springer, c2011.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » T11 .B543 2011
ONLINE. This guide provides a framework, starting from simple statements, for writing papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.