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Planetary Sciences: From Solar System Worlds to the Exoplanet Expanses: Home

This research guide combines information resources and guidance about using them from astronomy and the geosciences, with the goal of being a one-stop place for Yale researchers.

Table of Contents

> Welcome and Guide Scope
> Table of Contents
> Stunning Photo Collage

Interdisciplinary Research Tips
> Guidance on GeoRef, the Astrophysics Data System (ADS), and ProQuest Natural Sciences Collection
> How to Decide When to Search Where
> Database Features for Looking Up Research Groups

Open Web Resources
> Guidance on Searching Government Documents (NASA, NOAA, and others)
> Google Scholar, Its Strengths, and Its Weaknesses
> Institutional Repositories and Open Data

Using QuickSearch for Planetary Sciences Research
> Call Numbers and Subject Headings to Keep in Mind
> Dissertations
> What is Articles+ and What Does It Contain?

Ready Reference Links
> Reference Books on Exoplanets and the Solar System
> Encyclopedias and Dictionaries and the Solar System

Jupiter, Titan, and 2M1207b

Jupiter with Ganymede in shadow, Titan's atmosphere, and the first image of an exoplanet, 2M1207b, with its parent star.

Images: Jupiter, with Ganymede in Shadow. Image Credit: Data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS; Image processing: Thomas Thomopoulos © CC BY. | Titan in atmospheric profile. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. | 2M1207b with its parent star, the first exoplanet imaging. Image Credit: 8.2-m VLT Yepun telescope at the ESO Paranal Observatory.


This guide collects information about planetary science into one place. For the purposes of this guide, planetary science is focused on solar system bodies and exoplanets, and it combines information on locating resources in astronomy and the geosciences. The primary goal is to elevate which databases and resources work best so you can cut down on the amount of time spent searching during your background research processes.

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