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GeoRef : Sample Searches

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Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to the GeoRef database. For alternative methods of authentication and links to GeoRef see the documents in the Additional Materials page.

Sample Searches

Basic Search      

You are researching the current motion of tectonic plates, in particular the Arabian Plate.

  • Type "Arabian Plates" into the widget on the left. Ensure to run a phrasal search by using quotes as shown. (Alternatively you can click the Basic Search link in the table "Links to ..." on the left side to start a search on your own topic of interest.)

Note: The widget and the links for the basic and advanced search will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s GeoRef account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access GeoRef directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

  • Based on the large amount of results that are retrieved, it is a good idea to refine your results using the Narrow results by feature.
  • From the Narrow results list and the Source Type limit, select to view Scholarly Journals.
  • From the Subject facet limit, select to include movement and global positioning system. Click Apply to add the subject limits to your search.
  • Also from the Narrow results, go to the Date limit and review the distribution of records across the time period. This visual representation can help users quickly identify how much research has been done and included in GeoRef over a set date-range. Move the left hand date place holder up to 2000 to refine to records from this date forward. Click Update. 
  • To begin reviewing your results, hover over the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation & Abstract link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.
  • Note that clicking on any text in blue (hyperlinked) will start a brand new (lateral) search based on the term (author, publication title etc.)

Advanced Search

You want to retrieve peer reviewed articles on submarine volcanoes in the pacific ocean published since 2010.

  • In the Advanced Search page, click on the Thesaurus link.  
  • Type submarine in the search box, choose the option "Begins with" and click on the FIND button.
  • Select "submarine volcanoes" from the list of subject terms.
  • Change the operator radio button to AND under the 'Combine using:' section in the bottom right corner of the light box.
  • Now type pacific ocean over the highlighted submarine volcanoes, click FIND and select the new term from the list.
  • Next click the add to search button and you will see both thesaurus terms in the first search row.
  • Select “Peer reviewed” and enter the date (After this date: 2010)
  • Click Search.
  • Underneath the search bar, click on the link “Save search/alert“ and select “Create an RSS feed”. Click on the button “Create feed” and then you can  copy the link into your RSS reader, or leave it in MyResearch for later use.

Latitude and Longitude Search

You are researching about the seismicity of an area and wish to define the location by Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

  • From within the Advanced Search page select the Latitude and Longitude = LL from the search field drop-down.
  • Type n36* AND e13* into the first search box.
  • In the second row select the Subject heading (all) from the search field drop-down and type seismicity into one of the search boxes of the corresponding row. Click the Search button.
  • On the title page click on Search within and type “active faults” in quotes to refine your search.
  • Save your search by bookmarking the link in your browser.