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GeoRef: Sample Searches

The GeoRef database, established by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) in 1966, provides access to the geoscience literature of the world.

Search GeoRef

Sample Searches

Basic Search      

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

  • Type "Arabian Plates" into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  Ensure to run a phrasal search by using quotes as shown.

Note: The widget 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 by” 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 by, 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.

  • From the Advanced Search page, click on the Thesaurus link at right.  
  • 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 and select said term from the list. 
  • Next click add to search and you'll see both thesaurus terms in the first search row
  • Select “Peer reviewed” and enter the date (After this date: 2010)
  • Click Search.
  • Under you search terms, click on the link “Create an RSS feed”. Click on the button “create feed”, you can then copy the link in 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 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
  • Now select the Subject heading (all) from the search field drop-down and type seismicity into one of the search boxes of the corresponding row. Hit Search.
  • Click on Search Within and type active faults to refine your search
  • Save your search by bookmarking the link in your browser.