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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 Plate" into the widget on the left. Search for the phrase by using quotes as shown. 

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 filters in the left panel.
  • From the Source Type filter, click Scholarly Journals.
  • Open the Subject filter using the downward arrow to expand the options, then click More to open the options further. Select to include kinematics and global positioning system. Click Apply to add the subject filters to your search.
  • Go to the Publication Date filter 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 2010 to refine to records from this date forward. Click Update. 
  • To begin reviewing your results, click the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Citation & Abstract link, or full text link when available, under each record.
  • Note that clicking on any text in blue (hyperlinked) will start a new search based on the term (author, publication title etc.).
  • Mark any records that interest you to cite, email, print, save, or view selected items later in the search session.


Advanced Search

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

  • From 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 After this date of 10 years ago.
  • 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 copy the link into your RSS reader or leave it in My Research for later use.


Latitude and Longitude Search

You are researching the seismicity of an area and wish to define the location by latitude and longitude coordinates.

  • From within the Advanced Search page select Latitude and longitude - LL from the search field drop-down.
  • Type n36* AND e13* into the first search box.
  • In the second row select All subjects & indexing - SU from the search field drop-down and type seismicity into the search box of the corresponding row.
  • Click Add a row to add another search box. Type “active faults” in quotes to add this phrase to the search. Click the Search button.
  • Save your search by bookmarking the link in your browser.