Subject Guide: Geosciences
The Library's Subject Guides help you find resources that are specialized for certain areas of study. There are many other resources available which provide generalized information--not specific to one topic or area. To see more of these general resources, see the Subject Guide: General page.
Geosciences Department HomepageScience Liaison - Moriana Garcia
Databases and indexes provide information about books and articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.
- GeoRef - indexes Geoscience scientific literature of North America from 1785 to the present and the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.
- Environment Complete - covers applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
- BIOSIS Previews - collects abstracts and bibliographic references to worldwide biological and medical literature, also a good source for paleontological research.
- JSTOR - contains full-text journal back issues from subject areas such as Music, Mathematics & Statistics, Language & Literature, Business, Ecology & Botany and General Science as well as Archaeology, Classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic Studies. Three to five year moving walls characterize the coverage of these journals.
- General Science Abstracts - is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles of at least one column in length from English-language periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain. Periodical coverage includes popular science magazines as well as professional journals.
- History of Science, Technology & Medicine - is a resource for the history of science, technology, and medicine, and their influence on culture, from pre-history to the present.
- Web of Science - provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in approximately 5,900 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals covering more than 150 disciplines.
Reference books provide background information on people, terms and concepts.
- A Dictionary of Earth Sciences
- Encyclopedia of Paleontology QE703 .E52 1999 (2 vols.)
- The Encyclopedia of Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics QE601 .E53 1987
- Geologists and the History of Geology QE21 .S28 vol.
- Guide to Fossils QE711.2 .M3913 1992
- Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences QE5 .E5137 1996
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology available online as Access Science
- The Oxford Companion to the Earth
- Practical Handbook of Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals QE431.6 .P5P73 1989
Here are a few web sites you might find useful:
- EQNET: Earthquake Information Network
- EROS Data Center provides maps and satellite images.
- Geologic Hazards Team includes information on earthquakes, volcanoes and other geologic hazards.
- Museum of Paleontology - Berkeley
- Ohio Geological Survey Web Site
- U.S. Geological Survey
- West's Geology Directory
Here are a few of the journals available via the web in this field:
- Science 1997-present (access through the publisher Web site)
- Science 1880-2004 (access through JSTOR)
- American Journal of Science
- Journal of Geology
- Journal of Geophysical Research - All parts
- Scientific American Archive (1993-Current)
- To determine whether we have a journal available online, please search the CONSORT catalog or use the Electronic Journal Finder.