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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Finding books

Use WorldCat Discovery to find books in print and electronic formats.  For example:

  • Do a keyword search for: climate variability
  • Find a good book, e.g. Climate variability and ecosystem response at long-term ecological research sites (ebook), and click on the title.  You will see some subject headings listed in the subject fields: Bioclimatology and Climatic changes.
  • Click on these subject heading links to retrieve more books about these subjects.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: * e.g. climat* will retrieve catalogue records containing the words climate, climatic, climatological, climatology, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "climate change" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase climate change
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
Boolean operators must be in capital letters
e.g. climate AND (change OR variability) will retrieve catalogue records containing the words climate AND either change OR variability

Ebook packages

Another way to find ebooks is to search specific ebook packages such as:

  • CRCnetBASE (ebook collection for science, technology and medicine)
  • SpringerLink (e-books published by Springer)

For other ebook packages, please consult here.

Locating a book by call number

You can locate a print book by call number by going to WorldCat Discovery and typing a specific call number in the search box. For example, nu: QC854 D86 2008 in the search box will retrieve A Dictionary of weather. Please note that you can be precise or general when listing a call number (e.g. searching just nu: QC854 will retrieve several books in that subject area).

Browsing by call number

Once you locate a print book of interest, you can browse the shelves either virtually or in person to find other books on similar topics. To browse virtually, first locate a print book of interest by searching by keyword limiting to print books only using WorldCat Discovery. Next, click on "Browse the shelf" where you will see neighboring books available in print and as ebooks. For example, books near to A Dictionary of weather include Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences and Encyclopedia of world climatology. You can also browse the library's shelves in person by call number:

  • GC1-1581


    • GC109-149

      Chemical oceanography

    • GC150-182

      Physical oceanography

    • GC190-190.5

      Ocean-atmosphere interaction

    • GC200-376

      Dynamics of the ocean

    • GC377-399

      Marine sediments

    • GC401-881

      Oceanography. By region

    • GC1000-1023

      Marine resources. Applied oceanography

    • GC1080-1581

      Marine pollution. Sea water pollution

  • QC851-999

    Meteorological climatology. Including the earth's atmosphere

    • QC974.5-976

      Meteorological optics

    • QC980-999

      Climatology and weather

      • QC994.95-999

        Weather forecasting

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record


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