SPRILIB: A polar and glaciological bibliographic database
SPRILIB is produced by the Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge together with the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge. The database covers the literature of all subjects relating to the Arctic and Antarctic published in a wide range of languages. It also offers comprehensive coverage for all aspects of snow and ice throughout the world. In addition to records for books, chapters, conference proceedings and papers, government and other reports, SPRILIB includes records for articles identified through the regular scanning of over 1000 periodicals.
Current database size:
Around 120,000 records, as of January 2007.
All subjects relating to the polar regions are included, with particularly good coverage for:
- land and sea ice
- snow and snow cover
- snow and ice engineering
- marine sciences
- ice navigation
- atmospheric sciences
- global change: indicators and implications
- environmental issues
- zoology (especially sea mammals and birds)
- indigenous peoples of northern Russia, North America and the European Arctic
- international law and policy
- history of exploration
SPRILIB is the only bibliographic database offering comprehensive coverage for both polar regions and adjacent areas for all subjects. Particularly good coverage is offered for:
- Antarctica (especially published results of historic expeditions)
- Arctic Ocean and adjacent waters
- Canadian North (Yukon and Northwest Territories)
- Northern Fennoscandia
- Russian Arctic and Siberia
- O'Hanlon, Eleanor.
- Furore borealis.
- BBC Wildlife, 1995, 13(4) :22-27, ill., map.
- Report on mass killing of marine mammals, in particular walrus, on Chukchi Peninsula to feed foxes for fur-farming, infringing international law and having detrimental effect on lives of native peoples of region. Author was part of BBC expedition and works for Environmental Investigating Agency.
- (*50) USSR, now CIS
- (*531.251) Chukotskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug
- 323.1 National and ethnic minorities
- 330.34 Economic development
- 502 Environmental issues
- 504.05 Environmental damage
- 504.052 Natural resources, depletion
- 59 Zoology
- 599(26) Sea mammals
- 791.44 Film production
- Location: Periodical
- Polar and Glaciological Abstracts, published by the Institute.
How to Access SPRILIB:
- Online via the links above
- By application to either of the contacts listed above.
- The entire SPRILIB database is available as SPRI on the NISC Arctic and Antarctic Regions CD-ROM.
- Currently around 40,000 monograph records may be searched by setting the Scott Polar research Institute as a search limit on the web interface of the Cambridge University Newton Catalogue.