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Subject Guide for Geology

Brief Description: The scientific study of the Earth, including its composition, structure, physical properties, and history. The term geology is broadly inclusive and is often regarded as embracing all of the geologic sciences.


Geology is commonly divided into a number of sub-disciplines: those concerned with the chemical makeup of the solid earth (geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology); those having to do with the structure of the solid earth (geophysics, structural geology, volcanology); those concerned with landforms and processes (geomorphology, glacial geology); those dealing with geologic history, including the study of fossils and the fossil record (paleontology, stratigraphy, planetary geology); economic geology (mining and petroleum geology); and environmental geology. (Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica)


For more information, contact the Earth Sciences Library.

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Abstracts and Indexes to Academic or Scholarly Articles
Although many databases contain links to full-text articles, when you find article citations in the index databases, you need to search Chinook to see if University Libraries own that periodical title.

CU GeoRef
GeoRef is a bibliographic database that indexes geosciences, including geology, geophysics, geochemistry, paleontology, hydrogeology, hydrology, and mineralogy. The database contains over 2.1 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply. Coverage: 1789 - present.


CU Engineering Village 2--Compendex and INSPEC
Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature. Contains references and abstracts to engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Subject areas include: chemical and process engineering, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications as well as civil and mechanical engineering. Coverage: 1970 - present.

INSPEC is a bibliographic database that indexes physics, astronomy and astrophysics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control engineering and information technology. The database contains full-text links when available. Subscription restrictions to full-text may apply. Coverage: 1968 - present.


CU Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA)
Contains bibliographic citations with abstracts on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences. Coverage: 1974 - present.


SciFinder Scholar
The online version of Chemical Abstracts, an index to interdisciplinary science topics, including earth sciences, chemistry, and other sciences. Includes abstracts.
Location: Selected workstations in the Earth Sciences, Engineering, Science, and Math Physics Libraries.


CU Publications of the US Geological Survey
A subset of GeoRef. Index to publications of the USGS. Use the index to identify publications, such as Open File Reports, many of which are available online. Coverage: 1789 - present.


CU Water Resources Abstracts
Index with abstracts to interdisciplinary research in water-related subjects. Coverage: 1967 - present.


CU Web of Science
Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in 5,700 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals covering more than 164 disciplines. Coverage: 1970 - present.

More General Abstracts and Indexes
Although many databases contain links to full-text articles, when you find article citations in the index databases, you need to search Chinook to see if University Libraries own that periodical title.


CU Applied Science and Technology Index
Indexes trade and industrial publications, journals issued by professional and technical societies, and specialized subject periodicals, as well as special issues such as buyers' guides, directories, and conference proceedings. Coverage: 1983 - present.


CU General Science Abstracts Full Text
Abstracts popular and scholarly journals in the fields of astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, earth science, environment, food, genetics, health, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, nutrition, oceanography, physics, physiology, and zoology. Coverage: May 1984 - present. Selected full text 1995 -present.


CU Expanded Academic Index
An interdisciplinary database that contains citations, abstracts, and links to selected full-text articles from general interest magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers. Coverage: 1980 - present.


Glossary of Geology
Location: Earth Sciences Reference QE 5 B38 1997


Geologic Names Lexicon

Dictionary of Physical Geography
Location: Earth Sciences Reference GB 10 D53


Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations
Browse or search this online reference from Wiley Interscience. Includes reference tables such as mathematical signs and symbols and symbols and values for selected physical constants.


CU Associations Unlimited
Contains information for approximately 460,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields.


Directory of Geoscience Departments
Location of print edition: Earth Sciences Reference QE 47 A1 D57


Scholarly Societies-Earth Sciences


Encyclopedia of Minerals
Location: Earth Sciences Reference QE 355 R6 1990


Encyclopedia of Paleontology
Location: Earth Sciences Reference QE 703 E523 1999


Encyclopedia of Volcanoes
Location: Earth Sciences Reference QE 255 E53 2000


Magill's Survey of Science. Earth Science Series
Location of print edition: Earth Sciences Library Reference QE 28 M33 1990


CU McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia Of Science & Technology (Access Science)
Provides overviews of science and technology topics. Written by by experts in the field. Contains suggestions for further reading, study guides, research updates, and more.
Location of print edition: Science Library Reference Q 121 M3 1997

Handbooks and Manuals

Suggestions to Authors of the Reports of the United States Geological Survey
Location of print edition: Government Publications and Earth Sciences Library Reference I 19.2:Su 3/5/991

Internet Links

Websurfers Biweekly earth Science Review (WBESR)


InfoMine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Physical Sciences,


Engineering, Computing and Math


Mineralogy Database