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Earth and Environment Experts Dig Reference Modules at AGU

By: , Posted on: December 23, 2013

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For 22,000 researchers and instructors in the geosciences, the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco was an ocean of new ideas, products, and services.  This was especially true at the AGU Marketplace where exhibitors, including Elsevier, filled booths with their latest offerings.  In the Elsevier booth, researchers and instructors excitedly met the Elsevier Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences for the first time.

An Elsevier Reference Module combines thousands of trustworthy, foundational articles into a single easy-to-use module that’s fully integrated into ScienceDirect.  And because every article is continuously reviewed and kept current by experts, the content is always current.  For researchers and instructors in fast-moving earth and environment disciplines, the always-fresh content in the Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Science is a valuable resource they’ve long wanted.

Since the launch of Reference Modules in September 2013, Elsevier had eagerly anticipated the chance to show the product to potential users at AGU.  So Elsevier happily gave one-on-one demos of Reference Modules to researchers and instructors who could put the content to good use.  After all, content is just content until someone uses it to advance scientific discovery.

Upon seeing the product, some AGU participants called Reference Modules a “trustworthy Wikipedia” for the geosciences.  Others saw Reference Modules as a “one-stop shop” for earth and environment knowledge.

An associate professor from the University of San Diego commented that he loves “the real-time updating of content” in the Reference Module, which will aid his research in marine and environmental sciences.

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A senior researcher from Northrop Grumman who focuses on atmospheric research said he’ll use the Reference Module to explore not just current knowledge about the atmosphere, but also adjacent topics that may be relevant to his work.

And a senior researcher at MIT said he’ll ask his librarian to activate Reference Modules right away, so his team of global change researchers can make use of the current foundational content.

Missed Elsevier’s booth at December’s AGU meeting?  You can check out Reference Modules here and see photos from AGU13 in the gallery below:

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