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Geography and geology

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles, and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.


Digimap provides Ordnance Survey digital map data and high quality cartographic products direct to the desktop. In addition to the Ordnance Survey data, you can also access:

Key journal collections

  • Nature is a prestigious international scientific journal that publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all aspects of science and technology.
  • SAGE Research Methods is a database which supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Resources include a methods map, case studies, datasets, books, reference works, journal articles and instructional videos from world-leading academics.
  • ScienceDirect is a collection covering life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.
  • Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database, containing 24,600 journals from 5,000 publishers. It is excellent for literature reviews or for finding out what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, book chapters and more, for any subject.

Additional journal collections

  • Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database which offers full text access to a vast range of scholarly journals.
  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away.
  • GreenFILE has information covering all aspects of the human impact on the environment. It includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology publishes articles on geology as applied to civil engineering mining practice and water resources, covering all topics within the fields of engineering geology and hydrogeology.
  • Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of over 1600 journals, covering the life, health and physical sciences.

Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Gale OneFile: News contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • Lexis+ contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database. Enter Lexis and click content and select Newspapers.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 2019. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Professional bodies

Societies and associations that promote a profession and the people working within them. Many provide useful information on their website along with regular news updates. Many professional bodies offer individual student membership at a low annual membership.


  • British Geological Survey is a public sector body which provides geological advice to Government, industry, academia and the public.
  • Environment Agency is an executive non-departmental public body with responsibility for environmental protection in England.
  • Fogarty International Center US organisation supporting global health research. Includes information on a range of global health topics.
  • Geography Directions Blog relating current news stories to the academic literature.
  • International Biogeography Society Promote the study of patterns and processes in the geography of nature, including evolution, ecology, and conservation of biodiversity.
  • National Geographic Website of the National Geographic Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the exploration and protection of the Earth.
  • Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body that advises the government of protecting the natural environment in England.
  • World Health Organization Provides leadership on global health matters. The site includes a lot of free data and publications.

Catalyst has several workstations that contain specialist software for Geography students and that can be booked for between 1 and 3 hours. The available software includes:

Other software is also available:

  • ArcMap is a modelling, analysis and mapping tool and is available on all PCs on the 2nd floor of Catalyst. It is also available in the Geosciences building. You can get further information by contacting Sue Jones in the Geography department.
  • R is a programming language and free software environment that can be used for statistical computation and graphics. It can be downloaded on to any University computer by clicking on the start menu and selecting Application Catalogue. You can download R from the page that then appears. More information is available from

There are a number of books on R available in Catalyst, as well as several eBooks that can be accessed via the library catalogue.