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Resources for the study of geology. 


Library of Congress Call Number Ranges

Physical Geography GB
Oceanography GC
Environmental Sciences GE
Geology QE

Important Resources

Selected Reference Tools in Geosciences

Reference tools include sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and directories to help find brief explanations and general information about terms and concepts in Geosciences. Many reference tools have entries written by scholars in geology.

Online Reference Sources in Geosciences

  • Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4th) - Thousands of concise entries on all aspects of geology and earth sciences, including planetary science, volcanology, paleontology, and mineralogy.  
  • Oxford Companion to the Earth   A unique reference work for the Earth Sciences. Includes all aspects of geology, including climatology, mineralogy, and oceanography. Includes biographies of key geologists.
  • Illustrated History of Natural Disasters  An illustrated pictorial history of natural disasters taken from a selection of sources. Includes reproductions of rare engravings, maps both old and new, sketches, and diagrams giving historical views on natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, landslides and rock falls. The illustrations are accompanied by text describing the geophysical and historical background of the disasters, the origin of each of the engravings and stories behind the events.
  • Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics  An update of the 1989 edition, this encyclopedia contains hundreds of articles on geophysics including Gravity, Geodesy, Geomagnetism, Seismology, Seismics, Deep Earth Processes, Plate Tectonics, Thermal Domains, and Computational Method. Entries are written by scholars and each provides a set of relevant references.
  • AccessScience: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online Access thousands of articles, dictionary terms, and research updates in all areas of science and technology. AccessScience also includes thousands of biographies of leading scientists, weekly updates of breakthroughs and discoveries in science and technology, a science dictionary, and links to related websites.

Examples of Print Reference Sources in Geosciences Available in McDermott Library