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Full description
GEOBASE provides comprehensive bibliographic references to important journals in the fields of physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. It is the only database in these fields to include abstracts. International in scope, it includes unique records published in Elsevier's Geographical Abstracts (both Physical and Human), Geological Abstracts, Ecological Abstracts, International Development Abstracts, and Oceanographic Literature Review. This interdisciplinary coverage makes it an ideal tool for researching environmental issues.

Materials indexed: Journals, books, monographs, reports, and theses

Alternate names
1980-01-01 to current 
Group records
Embargo period
Resource type
Content types
Simultaneous users
Update frequency
Twice a month 
Titles indexed 
Print equivalents
Geographical Abstracts (1960-2001; G1 G458; Bennett Reference Indexes)
International Development Abstracts (1985-1997; HC 59.69 I57; Bennett Reference Indexes) 
Open access
Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Communication, Earth Sciences, Economics, First Nations, Geography, Geography, Human, Geography, Physical, Geography, Spatial Information Science, Health Policy, International Studies, Public Policy, Resource & Environmental Management, Sustainable Community Development, Urban Studies 
Allows electronic reserves
Ereserves notes
The Subscriber and its Authorized Users may incorporate links to the Subscribed Products on the Subscriber’s intranet and internet websites, provided that the appearance of such links and/or statements accompanying such links shall be changed as reasonably requested by Elsevier; and incorporate links to the Subscribed Products in electronic coursepacks, reserves and course management systems. 
Allows coursepacks
Coursepack notes
Allows interlibrary loan
Interlibrary loan notes
Not applicable. 
Online terms
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