Oceanography & Hydrology

Welcome to the Oceanography & Hydrology Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Oceanography and Hydrology classes.

Guides for other Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are linked at Physical Sciences.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by
material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Oceanography and Hydrology films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles within the Earth Science A-V guide at:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

Internet Oceanography Sites

  • Marine Realms Information Bank
    From the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Program at Woods Hole, this site provides links to governmental, academic, and some private company resources and documents. Browse by topic list, click on map location, or type in keyword search to find information of interest.
  • National Geophysical Data Center Marine Geology and Geophysics
    From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geophysical Data Center, descriptions, and, in many cases, on-line access to bathymetry, geophysics and geological data.
  • National Ocean Service
    Data, publications, and on-line tutorials related to oceans, coasts. amd navigation.
  • National Oceanographic Data Center
    Provides access to global physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data sets for use in research.
  • Ocean Explorer
    Another NOAA website for public access to current information on NOAA scientific and educational explorations and activities in the oceans of the world.
  • Ocean World
    From Texas A&M, informative, illustrated guides to many topics in oceanography.
  • Office of Naval Research Oceanography
    Animations and drawings help explain many concepts related to the physical and biological aspects of the ocean along with the role of the Navy in marine exploration. .
  • Physical Oceanography DAAC
    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's site linking users to data on the physical state of the ocean such as surface temperature, ocean surface topography, and a variety of satellite products, some of which are browsable on the site, others must be ordered.
  • WINDandSEA: An Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator
    Over 1,000 selected links to science and policy sites for oceanography, climate, weather, and related environmental topics. Last update 2009.
  • Yahoo's Index of Oceanography Links
    Search for information by oceanography subject categories or by keyword.

Internet HydrologySites

  • EPA Water site
    Use the list on the left column to bring up menus related to many aspects of water underegulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking Water, Groundwater, Pollution and numerous types of water resources in the United States are linked with further information.
  • National Snow and Ice Data
    Cryospheric data and research information from the University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.
  • U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources of the United States
    Information on ground and surface water, water quality measures, and statistics on water use from the U.S.G.S. inf the form of data, maps, publications on the web, and more.
  • Yahoo's Index of Hydrology Links
    Search for information by hydrology subject categories or by keyword.

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