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Purpose of this LibGuide
"The Geologist" by Carl Spitzweg, 1854
This Library Research Guide will provide information about and access to some of the most significant research materials available from McFarlin Library related to the study of the Geosciences.
If you're just beginning your research or you want to develop a basic understanding of the Geosciences, check out the Books & E-Books tab. Books often synthesize the available scholarship on a topic. This makes them an excellent resource when you need a lot of information quickly (including historical information), you want to put a topic in context with other issues, or you need a good summary of research. McFarlin Library provides books in both print and electronic formats.
If you're doing more in-depth research, such as for an upper division or graduate class or a senior project, you'll probably want to track down some journal articles on your topic. Check out what's in the Journal Articles tab. You'll learn about the major resources McFarlin has that will help you identify and retrieve professional and scholarly articles on Geosciences-related topics.
Best Bet for Research
GeoRef (via EBSCOhost)
"GeoRef, produced by the American Geographical Institute, is a comprehensive geosciences database containing over 3 million bibliographic records to the geoscience literature of the world. Among the subjects covered in GeoRef are: environmental and engineering geology, hydrology, economic geology, geophysics, petrology, paleontology, marine geology and oceanography, and mineralogy. Over 3,500 journals are reviewed for indexing in the GeoRef database as well as books, maps, government reports, conference papers, and theses and dissertations. The geology of North America is covered from 1669 to the present, and coverage dates back to 1933 for the rest of the world. Over 100,000 references are added to GeoRef annually." -- EBSCO
American Geophysical Union
"The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 62,000 members. . . . AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future." -- AGU website
Association for Women Geoscientists
"The Association for Women Geoscientists is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers." -- AWG website
Geological Society of America
"The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 26,000 individuals in 115 countries. . . . The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings." -- GSA website
International Association of Hydrogeologists
"The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH/AIH) is a scientific and educational charitable organisation for scientists, engineers, water managers and other professionals working in the fields of groundwater resource planning, management and protection." -- IAH website
Mineralogical Society of America
"The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) . . . It encourages fundamental research about natural materials; supports the teaching of mineralogical concepts and procedures; and attempts to raise the scientific literacy of society with respect to issues involving mineralogy in the widest sense." -- MSA website
Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources
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