A Guide to Selected Resources

The following is a guide to selected resources in the field of geology available in Owen Library or through electronic access. Please consult a Reference Librarian for advice about the best information resources and research strategy for your specific topic.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Applied Geology                                  Reference QE5 .E5 1984

Charles W. Finkl, Jr., editor.

New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.

Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology
       Reference Q123 .E497 2002

3rd ed. Robert A. Meyers, editor-in-chief.

San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2002.

An 18-volume comprehensive encyclopedia containing signed articles in the physical sciences and technology.
Articles offer an excellent starting point for library research in these disciplines.

Encyclopedia of Sedimentology                                      Reference QE471 .E49

Rhodes W. Fairbridge and Joanne Bourgeois, editors.

Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, 1978.

Encyclopedia of World Regional Geology                      Reference QE5 .F33

Rhodes W. Fairbridge, editor.

Stroudsburg, PA: Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, 1975.

Geology Reference                                                          QE5 .G465 1999

James A.Woodhead, editor.

Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.

Glossary of Geology Reference                                        QE5 .B38 1997

4th ed. Julia A. Jackson, editor

Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute, 1997.

A dictionary of geological terms with definitions produced by the American Geological Institute.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Reference      QE5 .E5137 1996

E. Julius Dasch, editor

New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1996.

This two-volume encyclopedia contains signed articles on all aspects of the earth sciences,
including mineralogy, climatology, paleontology, history and biography.

Magillís Survey of Science: Earth Science Series.             Reference QE28 .M33 1990

James A Woodhead, consulting editor.

Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1990-

This six-volume series contains signed articles on topics in the earth sciences. Articles include a

summary, listing of key terms, bibliography and cross-references to related articles.

Oxford Companion to the Earth Reference                         QE5 .O94 2000

Paul L. Hancock and Brian J. Skinner, editors.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.


Gemstone & Mineral Data Book                                         Reference TS752.5 .S56

New York: Winchester Press, 1972.

International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology

National Research Council Available Online in the Knovel Database in the Digital Library

Norwich, NY: Knovel, 2003.

Indexes & Databases

EiCompendex                             Locate under Databases A-Z in the Digital Library

This database focuses on information published in journals on engineering topics. This is a good resource for finding information about remote sensing applications.

GeoRef                                       Locate under Databases A-Z in the Digital Library

This database includes indexing and references to publications of the United States Geological Survey. It also indexes mastersí theses and doctoral dissertations from both U.S. and Canadian universities. It covers the geology of North America from 1785 to the present and geology of the remaining part of the world from 1933. It includes links to full-text publications.

Mineralogy Database                 

This database produced by the Mineralogical Society of America contains individual species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library. It is a valuable resource for information on minerals. Browse the database by crystallography, chemical composition, physical and optical properties, New Dana classification, Strunz classification, and alphabetical listing.

National Geophysical Data Center

NGDC manages environmental data in fields of marine geology, geophysics, solar-terrestrial physics, solid earth geophysics, and glaciology. Searchable database.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)         Locate under Databases A-Z in the Digital Library

Indexes U.S. government-funded technical reports on all subjects, including geology. Provides citations only.

Some Useful Internet Resources

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

American Geophysical Union                          

This site offers links to information about meetings, publications, and news. It also provides access to its archives, including journal table of contents, FTP dataset archives, and a complete index to all AGU books, journals, and other publications.

Association of American State Geologists       

Careers in Geosciences                                   

Geographic Names Information System           

This is a very useful site that allows you to search for information on named geographic features. It provides data on it, including data on latitude and longitude, brief population data and references to USGS maps.

Geological Society of America                         

Geoscience Information Society (GIS)             

Minerals Yearbook                                          

International Association of Volcanology & Chemistry of the Earthís Interior

Minerals, Metals & Materials Society              

The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network

Seismological Society of America                      

Structural Geology on the Web

This site offers a collection of links to structural geology and tectonics resources, including links to data sets and bibliographies, images, software, books and journals, organizations, employment sites and structural geologists.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)                         

Offers a wealth of information on topics in geology and related fields. Also includes employment information and student opportunities.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Initiative                

World Meteorological Organization