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SPRILIB: A polar and glaciological bibliographic database

SPRILIB: A polar and glaciological bibliographic database

SPRILIB is produced by the Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge with contributions from the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge up to 2014. 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.

Subject Coverage:

All subjects relating to the polar regions are included, with particularly good coverage for:

  • land and sea ice
  • snow and snow cover
  • geocryology
  • snow and ice engineering
  • geology
  • 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

Geographic coverage:

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:

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica (especially published results of historic expeditions)
  • Arctic Ocean and adjacent waters
  • Canadian North (Yukon and Northwest Territories)
  • Northern Fennoscandia
  • Greenland
  • Russian Arctic and Siberia
  • Svalbard

Sample record:

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

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