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Marine Science resources

by Linda Uchida, Health Science Librarian



The Marine Science Program is one of the fastest growing programs at HPU, especially in light of its recent partnership with Oceanic Institute, a leading ocean research center located at Makapu‘u on windward O‘ahu.


To support this program, HPU libraries provide some specialized resources that may be helpful to students searching out the most current journal articles for classwork and internships. These databases can be found under the Libraries’ tab on HPU Pipeline.

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) is an abstracting/indexing service covering the world’s literature on the science, technology, management, and conservation of marine and freshwater resources and environments. ASFA’s database contains 900,000+ references, with coverage since 1971. Each month, 3,500+ new bibliographic references are added to the database, which can be found via the More Databases link.

Wilson General Science Fulltext is another database under the More Databases link. It is designed specifically for students, is the first place to look for answers to science-related questions, and features fulltext as far back as 1995. Articles include information that conveys an abundance of scientific information. Other articles are indexed as far back as 1984 with in-depth, searchable abstracts written by science professionals.

Marine Science students may find EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Premier (ASP)—the world’s largest scholarly academic multidisciplinary database—to be helpful. This database covers a broad range of disciplines including general academic, business, social sciences, humanities, general sciences, education, and multicultural topics. It offers fulltext coverage for 3,600+ journals and indexing/abstracting for 4,500 journals.

Any student looking for information should begin in a database specific or relevant to the subject (i.e. ASFA and Wilson General Science Fulltext). If more information is needed, the search can be expanded to a more general database that includes the subject being studied (i.e. EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Premier). When searching in this manner, from specific to general databases, the student will find most of the indexed articles for the subject. And remember: any student can ask the friendly reference staff for assistance—they’re eager to help!




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