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Geography, Ecology and Environmental Sciences: Use Webpages

Main Websites

Key Websites - Geography

UN Global Issues  (on tab)

GIS 4 Geomorphology (on next tab)

Internet for Geography - for students to help develop Internet search skills.

Academic info: geography page           

Key websites - Environmental Science

Defra - UK department for food and rural affairs (on tab)

Fera - UK food and environmental research agency.

Environment agency - public body working for environmental protection.

Internet for Earth Science - for students to help develop Internet search skills                

Professional Environmental Organisations 


Friends of the earth                     

NERC - Natural Environmental Research Council


Humanitarian data exchange Open platform for sharing data, with the goal of making humanitarian data more easily available

Global open data index - complied from data from 70 countries' scores on data accessibility.

UK data service  

Wildlife and ecology

British wildlife recordings - wildlife recordings in the British Library.

Ecosustainable hub - resources and tools on ecology                                                                                         

Agricultural resources

Agcensus - grid square agricultural census data

AGRICOLA: US National Agricultural library

AgNIC - Agricultural network information collaberative.

Search engines for research

Is Google the only way to search the web?

It has its uses, but here are some other search engines you can use, some of which may be much more helpful for academic work.

  • Sweetsearch: This is a search engine for students (www.sweetsearch,com). It is limited to good quality authoritative resources, but works just like Google.
  • BASE: Otherwise known as the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine has access to more than 100 million documents, which are to some extent checked for quality by those who run the search engine.
  •  A U.S. site which searches over 60 databases and 2200 websites all with US government science information. 
  • Google Scholar. It's not a bad resource to use, although it doesn't have anywhere near the functionality of mySearch, and you'll find lots of articles you can't access. 
  • Zanran: This search engine is for finding data and statistics. It has examples of popular searches to guide you. 

Social Media

These are useful general resources for using social media for academic work and research. 

  • A-Z of social media for academia: The Times guide for using social media for university work.
  • Endemic: A site full of helpful tips and articles on using social media to help with your education.
  • Social Media: a guide for researchers: Looks at the ways  researchers can use social media in their research.
  • Student Guide to Social Media: Not about using psychology resources: Looks at the most common sociaql media toosl and helps you to navigate and get the best our of them. Developed by the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and York.