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Welcome to the subject guide for GeoSciences - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

This page contains current information on library closures, loans and fines, support for online learning, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

Exams and Revision

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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 (both Library and floor) as GeoSciences books are held in the Main Library (George Square) and Murray Library (King's Buildings).  

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Key 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

Key Databases for Social Policy

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

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.

Global Digimap's primary content is OpenStreetMap and will also include Natural Earth data. 

Please note this product is in development with users and feedback and requests are welcome - contact

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 Oceanwise, 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.


Society Digimap allows you to explore census and other demographic datasets by providing these datasets as layers to visualise along with Ordnance Survey data. 

Please note this product is in development with users and feedback and requests are welcome - contact

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


Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites

Access eresources using Google Scholar 

Google Scholar may not provide access to full-text, however, by linking to the Library you can access full-text where there is a University subscription. 

  1. Selecting Settings from the top of the Google Scholar Home Page
  2. Selecting Library Links
  3. Search for University of Edinburgh. Select it from the list and Save your settings

You will now see FindIt@Edinburgh links next to items in your Google Scholar results that you can use to access the full-text.



Google Patent Search

Google Patents is a search engine from Google that indexes patents and patent applications.

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

Can't find what you need?

Request a book, or other resource

Request an Inter-Library Loan

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

Resource Lists & Subject Guides

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Resource Lists are online reading lists that can signpost you to key reading materials. Some of your courses may have a Resource List embedded in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) but you can also access them directly. Full details are available on the Resource Lists: Information for Students webpage.

Subject Guides from other disciplines can be a useful source of ideas and information. Some focus on a topic such as newspapers as well as others that are more subject specific e.g. Business, Medicine economics etc. A full list of subject guides is available on the university website. 

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. 

News - search across multiple sources

International news including Dow Jones and Reuters newswires. Also company profiles, industry and stock market information. No images including. 

Nexis and international news, business and industry information. No images included.