Earth and Environmental Sciences library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te pūtaiao a-nuku, ā-taiao

Learn where to start your research in earth and environmental sciences.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.


The most comprehensive database in the geosciences containing over 3 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

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International, multidisciplinary citation database.

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Google Scholar

Google search engine for scholarly articles and books. Includes citation linking, and full-text searching of many publications.

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Biological Abstracts

Entire field of life sciences.

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CAB Abstracts

Includes soil science.

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New Zealand Science

New Zealand Science is an extensive index of New Zealand science provided by the Crown Research Institutes, Conservation Department, and the Royal Society of New Zealand

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A Google-style search of selected journal article databases, ebooks, Massey Research Online, and other resources.

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Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books and ebooks

Find the book you need in a library, or access an online edition you can read on your computer.

Search Discover

Find Library books, journals, DVDs, online resources & other material.

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ScienceDirect Ebooks

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Google Books

Search the full-text of books from around the world.

Thesis Information

Find theses and research reports

Find Massey, New Zealand, and International theses

New Zealand Geosciences Information

Find tools for earth, environmental and soil sciences, geography, geology and biodiversity.

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Environmental and geospatial information available in changeable complex layers with downloadable GIS data or topographic maps.

ArcGIS Web: Massey University Web Data

World NZCPA atlas and excellent New Zealand coverage. Includes New Zealand Data, FAO Soils of the World, NZ LRI Data, Kiwimage, Landcover Database and the Massey Soil Map. On campus access only.

Land Resource Information Systems Portal: LRIS

Access Landcare Research's geospatial data for topographic maps, analyses, models, New Zealand's environment and land resources.

Our Environment

Check landscape, vegetation and land suitability data for a particular geographic area.  A fine level of detail is available.

NIWA: Online Services

Access major climate and environmental monitoring systems and forecasting tools.

Physical Geography

Includes downloadable Geospatial information (GIS) and Topographic Maps.

LINZ Topographic Maps

Get land maps showing surface features like mountains and rivers, offshore islands, the Pacific region and the Antarctic Ross Sea region.

New Zealand Land Cover Database: LCDB

A digital map of the land surface of New Zealand.

DOC maps and data

Interactive mapping tools and downloadable data.

Soil Science

New Zealand Soils Portal

This database allows you to search for soil data nationwide. Choose an area on the map or use NZMG coordinates.

S-Map Online

This database has consistent and comprehensive national soil data layers to support applications at local & regional-national scales.  There is only limited geographical cover at present. Where coverage is available you are able to access soil type data and link to a PDF comprehensive explanation of the soil type (drainage, soil moisture and depth to hard soil data). There is also a range of scales to choose from so it is possible to get to a very fine level of detail.


GNS Science Web Maps

New Zealand Stratigraphic Lexicon

A comprehensive computer database of formally named rock units in New Zealand. Includes offshore islands, Kermadecs, Chatham Islands, Subantarctic Islands, but excludes Ross Dependency (Antarctica).


Biodiversity References

A portal to over 300 biodiversity information resources.

More information

Find background, concepts and research methods.

Background information

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Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series

Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science

Encyclopedia of Soil Science

Sage Handbook of Geomorphology

Concepts and definitions

Oxford Reference: Science and Technology
Narrow your choices by subject to dictionaries for the Earth Sciences and Geography or Environmental Science, under Science and technology.

New Zealand Soil Classification 2010

Research methods

Sage Research Methods
Online resources for information on different research methods and all stages of the research process. About this resource

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