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Oceanography: Home

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


The College of the Redwoods offers several different associate of science (A.S.) degrees,

Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science that includes Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences. As an interdisciplinary science, Oceanography is applicable to the degrees listed above. The A.S. degrees that are designed to support students going on to a 4-year college to earn a Bachelor's Degree are specifically noted with "for Transfer" after the degree name. 

Please note that the list presented above only includes the A.S. degrees that relate to Oceanography. There are science A.S. degrees in anthropology, sociology, psychology, etc. that are not listed. 

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.


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                                                   Gulf Stream                                                   Paleoceanography

Atmosphere Ocean Interaction                        Internal Tides                                                Plate Tectonics

Atmospheric & Oceanic Science                      Intertidal                                                       Physical Oceanography

Beach                                                               Land Breeze                                                Reef

Biogeochemical Oceanography                       Longshore Drift                                            Salinity

Breaker (Breaking Wave)                                 Manganese Nodules                                   Sandbar

Chemical Oceanography                                  Magnetic Patterns                                       Sea Breeze

Climatology                                                       Marine Geodesy                                          Sea Floor

Coastal                                                             Marine Geology                                           Sea Level Rise

Coastal Geography                                          Marine Biology                                            Subduction

Coasts                                                              Marine Ecology                                          Submarine Geology

Continental Margin                                           Marine Pollution                                          Spit

Continental Shelf                                              Marine Sediment                                        Spring Tide

Convection                                                        Maritime                                                     Surf

Crest                                                                 Maritime Climate                                        Thermohaline Circulation

Deep-Sea Sediments (oozes)                          Mid-Ocean Ridge                                       Thermal Expansion

Density of Seawater                                         Naval Science                                            Tide

Downwelling                                                     Neap Tide                                                   Tidal Plain

Ebb (Tidal)                                                        Ocean(s)                                                     Trench

Eddies                                                               Ocean Chemistry                                        Trough

Fetch                                                                 Ocean Current                                            Underwater Exploration

Flow (Tidal)                                                       Oceanic Heat Content (OHC)                     Upwelling

Geomorphology                                                Ocean Engineering                                     Waves

Geological Oceanography                                Ocean Engineering                                     Wetlands

Global Carbon Cycle                                        Oceanology                                                 Wind

Interactive Maps

Citation Styles

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

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 ( 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,

For the brief AGU Style Guide visit,

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,  

Help with Building Citations

RefMe ( 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 (

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. 

Scientific Writing