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Oceanography: Home

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Oceanography.

Introduction

The College of the Redwoods offers two different science focused associate degrees,

As well as a series of Science Transfer Prep courses that are designed to help students transfer to a 4-college as a junior. Students completing Associate Degrees in Science or Science Exploration or the Science Transfer Prep Courses are able to transition to a CSU and successfully complete their Bachelor’s Degree.

Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science that includes Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Search Terms

Below is a list of search terms to help students research Oceanography topics. Other terms may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.

Tips: 

Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons.

Search Terms:

Abyssal Plain

Atmosphere Ocean Interaction

Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

Beach

Biogeochemical Oceanography

Breaker (Breaking Wave)

Chemical Oceanography

Climatology

Coastal

Coastal Geography

Coasts

Continental Margin

Continental Shelf

Convection

Crest

Deep-Sea Sediments (oozes)

Density of Seawater

Downwelling

Ebb (Tidal)

Eddies

Fetch

Flow (Tidal)

Geomorphology

Geological Oceanography

Global Carbon Cycle

Gulf Stream

Internal Tides

Intertidal

Land Breeze

Longshore Drift

Manganese Nodules

Magnetic Patterns

Marine Geodesy

Marine Geology

Marine Biology

Marine Ecology

Marine Pollution

Marine Sediment

Maritime

Maritime Climate

Mid-Ocean Ridge

Naval Science

Neap tide

Ocean(s)

Ocean Chemistry

Ocean Current

Oceanic Heat Content (OHC)

Ocean Engineering

Oceanology

Paleoceanography

Plate Tectonics

Physical Oceanography

Reef

Salinity

Sandbar

Sea Breeze

Sea Floor

Sea Level Rise

Subduction

Submarine Geology

Spit

Spring Tide

Surf

Thermohaline Circulation

Thermal Expansion

Tide

Tidal plain

Trench

Trough

Underwater Exploration

Upwelling

Wave(s)

Wetlands

Wind

Special Citation Formats used in Oceanography

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. Below are links to helpful resources.

 

AGU Citation

One of the two most commonly used citation styles for Oceanography was developed by the American Geophysical  Union (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html) and is referred to as AGU Style Guide.  The AGU Style Guide follows the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide’s grammar, punctuation, table formatting, citations, and references – with some exceptions.

For the full AGU Style Guide visit, https://publications.agu.org/agu-grammar-and-style-guide/

For the brief AGU Style Guide visit, https://publications.agu.org/brief-guide-agu-style-grammar/

ASLO Citation

The other citation format is the Association for the Sciences of Liminology and Oceanography (ASLO) style that is based on this academic, peer-reviewed journal’s citation format, http://aslopubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1939-5590/about/author-guidelines.html.  

Help with Building Citations

RefMe (https://www.refme.com/acs-citation-machine/) is a bibliographic tool that can be used as an android app or as a website that can be accessed with a computer or tablet. RefMe can help you create and save AGU and ASLO citations and is the best free tool to help you create accurate citations in AGU and/or ASLO formats. You will need to go to the “view more guides" page (http://www.citethisforme.com/guides).

NoodleTools is a free citation and research assistant utility that can help with formatting citations in APA, Chicago, and MLA Styles, which are accepted by most faculty at the college, and supported by tutors and librarians. The APA format is used for most science, technical, social, and behaviorial science courses. Please confirm with your instructor what style is required for your assignments. 

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.

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