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Oceanography, Earth, and Marine Sciences

The UC San Diego Library is recognized as having a world-class oceanography collection.  Use the online guides, links, and resources below to discover the print and digital collections and resources in oceanography, earth and marine sciences, intended for the support of research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the world's premier oceanographic institution, researchers at the University of California and at other oceanographic institutions and centers around the world. 

The six links below lead to online guides of resources, eBooks, and journal article databases for each subject area. 


General Resources for Oceanography, Earth & Marine Sciences

  • Quick Links to most used Databases: ASFA, BIOSIS, Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science (NEW), GeoRef, Inspec, MGA (climate), MarinLit (Natural Products) PubMed, Web of Science, Zoological Record
  • Requesting journal articles & books - Use this form to request PDFs of journal articles or book chapters, books, and Interlibrary loans of items.
  • HathiTrust - Browse & search the HathiTrust Digital Library for access to over 111,740 items digitized from the former Scripps Library collection. This digitized collection in HathiTrust includes books, technical reports, and series in oceanography, earth & marine sciences, plus Scripps Institution of Oceanography publications. Use the search box below to search this collection in HathiTrust, and use your UCSD login to gain access to more full text content.

  • Digital Collections - Images, documents, research data, audio, & video, includes many Scripps related topics, resources and events.
  • Research Data Curation - the Library's Research Data Curation Program provides assistance with creating a data management plan, training on data management best practices, guidance on depositing your data in a repository, help in creating a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for your research outputs, and instruction on research computing skills.
  • Ocean Charts - Links to US and International indexes for the Library's print charts, with some links to online charts.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Publications - links to various historical publications and bibliographies.
  • eScholarship - The University of California repository of scholarly publications, upload your publications for Open Access and persistent URLs, plus easy to use citation metrics.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives and Manuscripts 
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography History - Links to historical information & publications
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Biographies & Memoirs - Links to several biographies, autobiographies and memoirs of Scripps' luminaries and distinguished oceanographers.
  • California Explores the Ocean - a collaborative project to digitize a selection of primary source materials from the former Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library and Archives and the San Diego Historical Society.  This website facilitated searching and discovery of archival manuscripts, texts, images, and sound recordings related to ocean research conducted at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in addition to historical materials on ocean resources owned by the San Diego History Center. This website was originally created in 2001 and revised in 2020, without the addition of new content, use the links in the "About" section to find  more information on these topics.

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