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Finding Library Resources - DiscoverEd

Use DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more. Sign into your Library Account using EASE to manage your loans and request books on loan.

Please check book location (Library and floor) as GeoSciences books are held in the Main Library (George Square) and Murray Library (Kings' Buildings).  

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Key Resources - Databases

Multidisciplinary databases of peer-reviewed literature and conference proceedings. 

Web of Science


Earth and Planetary Science
A comprehensive resource for research across the geosciences. GeoRef is available.

Lyell Collection
Full-text content of the Geological Society journals, special publications and society book series.  

More resources for Geosciences

Full database list A-Z

Research and Statistical Data

UK Data Service

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Service to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

More data listings and support for discovery and use of datasets is available from the University or Edinburgh Research Data Service

Citing and Referencing

Citing and referencing is an important part of good academic practice. Guidance from the Institute of Academic Development (IAD) - find out more here.

Cite Them Right Online. An online tool to help you to understand referencing for a range of sources. 

Training and Digital Skills

A wide range of courses are available throughout the year delivered either in a classroom or online. These include finding library resources for your studies, referencing and reference management tools.

Institute for Academic Development (IAD) for academic and study skills.

Digital Skills and Training for digital, information literacy and IT skills.

Digital maps and data

The Digimap service delivers maps and map data of Great Britain. Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software. Subscribed collections are listed below. Users are required to register and agree the data licence.

Aerial Aerial Digimap provides detailed aerial imagery data from Getmapping at various fixed scales. Most data is post-2011 with updates due each year.
Environment Land cover mapping from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the service includes Land Cover Maps from 2015, 2007, 2000, & 1997
Geology Geology Digimap provides onshore and offshore mapping from the British Geological Survey, scales ranging from 1:625,000 to 1:50,000. There is also access to the Lexicon of Named Rock Units, which has details for many of the rocks found on the map.
Historic Historic Digimap provides Landmark historic Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain from 1843 to 1996. Maps include County Series (1843-1939), post-war National Grid and Town Plans (1840’s – 1930’s).
Lidar Lidar Download allows you to select and download Lidar data for use in GIS/CAD software. Lidar Digital Terrain Model, Lidar Digital Surface Model and point cloud data are available. There is no Lidar Roam.
Marine Marine Digimap provides marine and coastal zone mapping from SeaZone Ltd, the service includes raster marine maps of various scales and detail (derived from Admiralty Charts), which are ideal for back-drop mapping in the UK coastal zone, vector thematic marine data suitable for advanced spatial analysis, and customised mapping.
OS Ordnance Survey Digimap provide contemporary OS Map Data and Ordnance Survey Products.


More geo-spatial and environment data is available from the University or Edinburgh Research Data Service

Your Academic Support Librarian

Finding Library Resources

The print collection for GeoSciences are held in the Main Library, George Square or the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, King's Buildings. Book location information is shown in DiscoverEd.

Main Library 

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library
Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library

Libraries also provide open-access computing, printing and a range of study spaces

Location and Opening Hours: Main Library; Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library

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To request a new journal subscription, or other resource, please send an email using the 'Email Me' link.

Resource Lists

The Resource Lists service provides online reading lists for courses at the University of Edinburgh. Search by course title or code.

Note: not all courses use Resource Lists

Resource Lists