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Earth Sciences Course Guides
- Earth History
- Energy Resources
- History of Life
- Natural Disasters
- Planet Earth
- Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
More research help
Library of Congress Classification System for Earth Sciences Resources
QE is the general category for Geology
QE1-350 - General Geology
QE351-399.2 - Mineralogy
QE420-499 - Petrology
QE500-639 - Dynamic and Structural Geology
QE640-699 - Stratigraphy
QE701-760 - Paleontology
Earth Sciences Keywords
* Geomorphology/Hydrogeology * Historical Geology * Minerals * Sedimentology * Paleontology * Structural Geology * Mineralogy/Petrology * Volconology * Paleontology
The following reference works are only a small representation of the reference collection in the disciplines of Earth Sciences and life sciences.
Search Tips: Do a SUBJECT search in the library catalog using specific terminology: SEDIMENT and ENCYCLOPEDIAS Also, change your terminology: Sedimentology, sediments, sedimentary etc.
- Encyclopedia of Quaternary science. Reference QE741 .E53 2007 Vol. 1-4
- The Encyclopedia of structural geology and plate tectonics. Edited by Carl K. Seyfert. New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1987. Reference QE601 .E53 1987
- McGraw-Hill dictionary of geology and mineralogy. Sybil P. Parker, editor in chief. New York : McGraw-Hill, c1997. Reference QE5 .M3654 1997
- Encyclopedia of Prehistory. Facts on File, 2002. Ref. QE26.3 .L36 2002
- Glossary of Geology, 5th. ed., 2005. Broad survey of the discipline of Geology. Includes bibliographies. Ref. QE 5 B38 2005
- A Guide to Fossils. 1992. Ref. QE 711.2 M3913 1992
- The illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. 1999. This is a comprehensive, color guide to over 500 species. Ref. QE 841 I45 1999
- Latin names explained: a guide to the scientific classification of reptiles, birds & mammals. 1996. Ref QL 9 G67 1996
- Encyclopedia of sediments & sedimentary rocks. Edited by Gerard V. Middleton. Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003. Reference QE471.2 .E53 2003
- Encyclopedia of geology / edited by Richard C. Selley, L. Robin M. Cocks, Ian R. Plimer. Boston: Elsevier, 2005. Reference QE5 .E516 2005 v. 1-5.
- The American heritage science dictionary (Electronic Resource). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.
- Encyclopedia of earth science / Timothy Kusky. New York: Facts on File, c2005. Reference QE5 .K85 2005.
- Environmental encyclopedia. 2003. REF GE10 .E57 2003 V.1-2
Basic process for finding articlesIf you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTMl version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.
If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journal Locator for the title of the journal that it was published in. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link.
Requesting articles we do not own
If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.
You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.
Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.
(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).
Why use journals?
• Journals are often peer-reviewed/scholarly. This means the research in the articles have been double-checked for validity.
• Primary research often appears in journal articles. Primary research is the first article or report on a topic whereas secondary research are the articles or reports that talk about that primary article. Always look back to the primary article when using secondary sources as support.
• Journals can contain the most recent information on a topic. In the sciences this can be very important.
Use one of the following databases to locate journal articles related to geology. If you already have a journal citation, complete with journal title, see Finding Journals.
Earth Sciences and Science Databases:
- GeoRef Extensive, comprehensive index to the Geologic literature since 1785.
- GeoScience World An online resource for research and communications in the geosciences.
- Web of Science A great, interdisciplinary science database.
- Environment Complete Covers agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
- Science Direct A collection of articles focusing on science, technology and medicine.
- Biological & Agricultural Index Articles and other scholarly material published in the leading publications in agriculture, biology, forestry, and ecology. Includes a wide range of popular and professional journals about biology and agriculture.
- General Science Full Text An interdisciplinary index to over 150 Science journals since 1984.
Multidisciplinary or Full-text Databases:
- Academic Search Complete A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database for the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Includes scholarly journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books.
- WorldCat OCLC's catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. The most comprehensive database of published materials and library holdings.
- JSTOR An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
- National Geographic Archive The official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Recognized for some of the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world, this award-winning, iconic magazine is famous for providing unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s, this database includes every page and every photograph, all fully searchable.
- Annual Reviews Publishes 29 series covering three major fields: Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences as well as a number of special publications and Web based projects every year. These purpose of these publications are to record the major innovations and progress of research topics occurring in these disciplines.
Be cautious when using Internet Resources for your research. Always evaluate the site for:
- current information.
More information on evaluating resources.
Important Societies and Organizations
- USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Federal source for science about the Earth, providing information on resources, hazards, landscape or Geology as a discipline.
- National Geologic Map Index
- Geographic Names Information System
- PALEOMAP Project Illustrates the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years.
- GEOROC Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents database, maintained by the Max Planck Institute.
- The Planetary Data System (PDS) Archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements.
- USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) Data on current and historical earthquakes.
- National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) United States government geophysical data.
- DOE Data Explorer Data from the Department of Energy, including information on atmospheric radiation, climate-change, and radioactive elements.
- Paleontology Portal
- The Paleontological Society
- Palaeontologia Electronica Wonderful full text, electronic journal. Vol. 1, no. 1 (1998)-
- International Palaeontological Association's PaleoLink Database
- Regional Paleogeographic Views of Earth History
- Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
- Words by William Whitaker A modest, student-size dictionary of 39,000 entries. This tool is to help in simple translations for a beginning Latin student or amateur.
- Tree of Life - Source for biodiversity and Phylogeny
- Dinosaur Society
- American Museum of Natural History's Division of Paleontology
- The Paleobiology Database
- Science Daily: Paleontology News
- Evolutionary theory
- Minerals Information
- American mineralogist crystal structure database
- USGS Mineral Resources Program
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
- USGS Landslide Hazards
- USGS Volcanoes Hazards Program
- How Volcanoes Work
- Marine Realms Information Bank
- Ocean Data Portal
- National Oceanographic Data Center
- USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
- NOAA Marine Geology and Geophysics
Arctic and Snow
- SNOW Research
- NOAA Arctic theme page
- Origins: Antarctica : scientific journeys from McMurdo to the Pole
- National Snow and Ice Center
- Hydrology Web (archive.org version, as site is no longer being maintained)
- Water resources of the United States
- National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
- NOAA paleoclimatology
- Structural Geology on the Web
- Visible Earth: A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet
- Cornell's Building the Digital Earth
- Earth Science World
- Geoscience Resources on the Web
- GSA Online Publication Page
- Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS)