The following is a brief, selected guide to geology information resources available in Fogler Library, through the Fogler Library home page, and the World Wide Web.
| Earth Science
Journals Author Instruction Pages | Electronic Journals |
Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Encyclopedias | Directories, Handbooks, and Yearbooks |
Associations and Societies | Atlases and Geographic Name
New Resources since 3/1/2013Glossary of remote sensing terms
URSUS - the online catalogue of the University of Maine System, contains a wealth of information on geology and related topics. Searching is by author, title, keyword, subject, and call number. Through URSUS you can find books, conference, symposium, and workshop proceeding volumes, University of Maine theses and dissertations, and state, federal, Canadian, and other international documents. Material is catalogued by Library of Congress Subject Headings. The following subject headings may get you started in your search:
formations (geology), geochemistry, geological mapping, geological surveys, geology economic, geology maps, geology stratigraphic, geology structural, historical geology, isotope geology, physical geology, sediments geology
A good way to search URSUS is by keyword. Using the keyword search option you can combine various keywords together using AND, OR, and parentheses. If you wanted to find information on soils in Maine or Vermont your search might look like this:
(soil or soils) and (vermont or maine or new england)
Bibliography of Maine Geology
This bibliography is now included in the Maine Geological Survey Publication Search engine. Includes Cyrus C. Babb’s Bibliography of Maine Geology, 1913-1972. Over 4,000 records have been added since the last 1972 edition, bringing the total to over 7,000 records. Searchable by author, title, where published, date of publication, and keyword. Includes citations only. Indexes journals, proceedings, theses and dissertation, and USGS reports. Compiled by Robert D. Tucker and Marc C. Loiselle, Natural Resources Information and Mapping Center, Maine Geological Survey, Maine Department of Conservation.
Cold regions bibliography
A database of over 200,000 references covering cold regions research including the geological sciences. Access through the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Deep Sea Drilling
Searchable database of papers resulting from the Deep Sea Drilling Project, Ocean Drilling Program and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Search by title, author, keyword, year of publication, and author affiliation. Linked to full text of Ocean Drilling Reports. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, American Geological Institute.
Geological Society of America - Search the Journals
A searchable database of citations from articles in the following three GSA publications: Geology (1973-present), GSA Bulletin (1945-present), Geosphere (2005-present), Lithosphere (2009-present), and GSA Today (1995-present)
1785-present online. If you are connecting to this database off the
University of Maine campus but within the State of Maine, please connect through
Technology & Business Library.
Established and maintained by the American Geosciences Institute, this database is the online equivalent of the print Bibliography and Index of Geology (Sci Index QE1.G2145, 1969-present). Searching is by author, title, subject, and abstract keyword. Over 3,500 serial titles are scanned for inclusion.
GeoRef preview database
Also made available through the American Geosciences Institute, this database allows users to preview records before they are input into the GeoRef database. It is updated weekly with records in various forms of completeness. Completed records are added to the GeoRef database.
Geochemistry of rocks of the oceans and continents
Search for citations by author and keyword and limit by date. From MPI fur Chemie, Manz, Germany
A bibliographic database of approximately 50,000 records, most of which are Geological Survey of Canada publications. Searchable by title, author, and subject, area. Searches can be limited by province.
A guide to speleological literature of the
English language 1794-1996. 1998. Northrup, D.E., Mobley, E.D.,
Ingham, K.L., and Mixon, W.W. (compilers and editors). St. Louis: Cave Books.
Indexed by author (including secondary authors), illustrators, and titles. Contains bibliographic information only.
Sci Ref Z6033.C3G85
of USGS web servers
A complete linked list of USGS web servers.
to marine & lacustrine geological samples database
This index is a cooperative effort between 19 institutions and government agencies. This database, known as the Curator's Database, "...contains inventory and standardized lithology, texture, and age information for over 91,000 seafloor samples archived by oceanographic institutions and government agencies, and is searchable by any parameter or combination of parameters."
the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
A searchable index of publications from the following: the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Coverage from 1936-2005
References to optical spectra of minerals.
Lists by mineral name and keyed to author/reference list. Over 650 references. Mineral Spectroscopy Server, California Institute of Technology. Update of Chapter 7 on optical spectroscopy in Reviews of Mineralogy, V. 18. (Mineralogical Society of America)
U.S. coal resource
A searchable database of federal and state government reports concerning U.S. coal resources. Created and maintained by the Eastern Energy Resources Science Center (EERSC), USGS.
U.S.Geological Survey Library: Online Catalog
Search the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) library catalog by author, title, subject, keyword, or number.
Water resources abstracts
Index to international scientific literature on all aspects of water resources issues. Includes abstracts of journal articles (see serials source list), monographs, technical reports, books, and conference proceedings. Searchable by author and title, abstract, and subject descriptors. Coverage from 1967. Updated quarterly.
Water resources publications
New and highlighted full-text USGS reports.
Web of Science. 1899-present Online
Science Citation Index 1965-2003.
Sci Index Q1.A1S36
Web of Science includes Science Citation Index from 1900-present. Search by word in the title, keyword, and abstract. Perform cited reference searches from 1900 to present. Limit by author affiliation and document type. Over 4,000 journals are indexed (see the master journal list).
|American Journal of Science|
|Annals of Glaciology|
|Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences|
|Computers & Geosciences|
|Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology|
|Earth Surface Processes and Landforms|
|Environmental Sciences: Processes & Impacts|
|Estuaries & Coasts|
|Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science|
|European Journal of Mineralogy|
|G-cubed: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems|
|Geophysical Journal International|
|Geophysical Research Letters|
|Global Biogeochemical Cycles|
|Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences|
|International Journal of Earth Sciences|
|Journal of Environmental Monitoring - now Environmental Sciences: Processes & Impacts|
|Journal of Geoscience Education|
|Journal of Hydrology|
|Journal of Metamorphic Geology|
|Journal of Petrology|
|Journal of South American Earth Sciences|
|Journal of Structural Geology|
|Journal of the Virtual Explorer|
|Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research|
|Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology|
|Quaternary Science Reviews|
|Reviews of Geophysics|
Note: This is a link to the geology related electronic journals available through URSUS. There are other electronic journals that earth science researchers would find useful. See Ejournals@UMaine as well as URSUS.
Links to 60 (as of 3/2013) open access electronic journals related to geosciences.
Aber, J.S. 2008. ES 331/767 glossary of Ice Age terms. Earth Science Department, Emporia State University, Kansas.
Alean, J. and Hambrey, M. Glaciers online photoglossary
Anderson, M.G. and McDonnell, J.J.
(eds.) 2005. Encyclopedia of hydrological sciences.
Chichester, UK: Wiley. 5 vols.
Sci Ref GB655.E527 2005
The Avalanche Glossary. National Avalanche Center and The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center.
Dasch, E.J. (ed.) 1996. Encyclopedia of
earth sciences. New York: Macmillan Reference Library, 2 vols.
Sci Ref QE5.E5137 1996
Dictionary of geologic terms
Dictionary of mining & mineral terms
This searchable dictionary of over 26,000 terms corresponding to the 1996 cd-rom of the same name, was produced by the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Available through Global InfoMine.
A dictionary of quaternary acronyms and abbreviations
A searchable dictionary of over 950 acronyms and abbreviations compiled and maintained by Alwynne B. Beaudoin, University of Calgary.
Earthquake glossary. Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS.
Elias, S.A. (ed.) 2007. Encyclopedia of quaternary science. Amsterdam:
Elsevier. 4 vols.
Sci Ref QE741.E53 2007
Elsevier's dictionary of glaciology in four
languages[:] English (with definitions), Russian (with definitions), French and
German. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 336p.
Sci Ref GB2401.E57 1990
Encyclopedia of earth. Secretariat - National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).
Fettes, D. and Desmons, J. (eds.) 2007. Metamorphic rocks [:] a classified
and glossary of terms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 244p.
Sci Ref QE475.A2M4746 2007
Fourestier, J. de. 1999. Glossary of mineral
synonyms. Ottawa: Mineralogical Association of Canada. 434p.
Sci Ref QE357.F68 1999
Geologic Glossary. USGS
GeoRef thesaurus. 9th ed. 2000.
Alexandria, VA: American Geosciences Institute.
Sci Ref QE7.G45 9th ed. 2000
Global change master directory list of earth science acronyms, glossaries and
This list is maintained by Lola Olsen, NASA, and is part of NASA's Global change master directory.
Glossary: Carbon dioxide and climate. 1990. ORNL/CDIAC-39, Carbon dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN. F. O'Hara jr. (ed.)
Glossary of geologic terms. Iowa State University, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. Based on the glossary in Judson, S. and Richardson, S.M. 1995. Earth: An introduction to geologic change. Englewood Clifts, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Glossary of physical geology terms
Created by Dr. Michael Pidwirny, Department of Geography, Okanagan University College
Glossary of remote sensing terms
Natural Resources Canada
Glossary of selected glacier and related terminology. USGS. Cascades Volcano Observatory.
Good, G.A. (ed.) 1998. Sciences of the
earth[:] An encyclopedia of events, people, and phenomena. New York:
Garland Publishing, Inc., 2 vols.
Sci Ref QE11.S38 1998
Goudie, A.S. (ed.) 2004. Encyclopedia of
geomorphology. London: Routledge. 2 vols. 1156p.
Sci Ref GB400.3.E53 2004
Gubbins, D. and Herrero-Bervera, E. 2007. Encyclopedia of geomagnetism and paleomagnetism. Dordrecht: Springer.
Illustrated glossary of alpine glacial landforms. Karen A. Lemke, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Virtual Geography Department and Linda Freeman, College of the Siskiyous.
Jackson, J.A. and Bates, R.L. 1997. Glossary of geology. 4th
ed. Alexandria, VA: American Geosciences
Sci Ref QE5.B38 1997
Le Maitre, R.W. (ed.) 2002. Igneous
rocks - A classification and glossary of terms. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 236p.
Sci Ref QE461.I446 2002
Manutchehr-Danai, M. 2008. Dictionary of gems and gemology. Berlin: Springer.
Middleton, G.V. (ed.) 2003. Encyclopedia of
sediments and sedimentary rocks. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Sci Ref QE 471.2.E53 2003
Molnia, B.F. 2004. Glossary of glacier terminology. Open -File Report 2004-1216. USGS
Moores, E.M. and Fairbridge, R.W. (eds.) 1997.
Encyclopedia of European and Asian regional geology. London: Chapman &
Sci Ref QE260.E63 1997
Ritter, M.E. 2006. The physical environment glossary. University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
Schwartz, M.L. (ed.) 2005.
Encyclopedia of coastal science. Dordrecht,
Netherlands: Springer. 1211p.
Sci Ref GB450.4.E533 2005
Selley, R.C., Cocks, L.R.M., and Plimer, I.R.
(eds.) 2005. Encyclopedia of geology. 5 vols.
Sci Ref QE5.E516 2005
Sigurdsson, H. (Editor-in-Chief). 2000.
Encyclopedia of volcanoes. San Diego: Academic Press. 1417 p.
Sci Ref QE522.E53 2000
Singer, R. (ed.) 1999. Encyclopedia of
paleontology. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. 2 volumes. 1435p.
Sci Ref QE703.E58 1999
Soil glossary. National Land and Water Information Service. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Terminologies. SPEM STRATA. Society of Sedimentary Geology
USGS, Earthquake Hazards Program
Woodhead, J.A. 1999. Geology
[encyclopedia]. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2 vols.
Sci Ref QE5.G465 1999
mineral identification chart
Chart created by Art Crossman as a college course project at Mansfield University
ATHENA - Mineral
From the Department of Mineralogy, University of Geneva. Maintained by Pierre Perroud. Carmichael, R.S. 1989.
Brassington, R. 2007. Field hydrogeology[:] The geological field guide
series. 3rd ed. Chichester, UK: John Wiley. 264p.
Sci Ref GB1002.3.B73 2007
Central Region Geology. USGS
handbook of physical properties of rocks and minerals. Boca Raton, FL:
CRC Press, 741p.
Sci Ref QE431.6.P5P73 1989
Directory of geoscience departments
. 2005. 43th ed. Alexandria, VA:
American Geosciences Institute, 585p.
Sci Ref QE47.A1D57
Directory of geoscience organizations of the world. Developed by the International Geoscience Cooperation Office, Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (latest update 11/2/2011)
Database of confirmed impact structures from around the world.
Geological time scale. Andrew MacRae.
Geologist's directory. 1996.
[London]: Institution of Geologists, 568p.
Sci Ref QE23.G44 1996
Geochemistry of rocks of the oceans and continents
From MPI fur Chemie, Manz, Germany
Geoscience departments WWW Directory - US & Canada
Created by V.J. Ansfield, maintained by T.H. Heaton, University of South Dakota. See also European geoscience university departments. Maintained by Institut fur Geowissenschaften Mainz.
Geoscientists and hydrologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Gladstone, C. Minerals under a microscope. Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.
Guide to geoscience departments in the
United States & Canada 1997-98. 1997. 5th ed. Alexandria, VA:
American Geosciences Institute, 559p.
Sci Ref QE47.A1G85 1997-98.
LDEO (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) fossil plankton stratigraphies database 1. Dr. William Ruddiman.
Manson, C. and Gordon, I.D. 1997. 5th ed.
Directory of geoscience libraries, North America. Alexandria, VA:
Geoscience Information Society, 113p.
Sci Ref Z675.G46 D57 1997.
Maintained by the National Geophysical Data Center's (NGDC) Marine Geology and Geophysics division. Contains marine geological data available through the NGDC. Searching is by latitude/longitude, water depth, sampling device, author, and cruise.
Mineral Science Collection. Smithsonian Institution,
National Museum of Natural History.
Produced and maintained by David Barthelmy, petroleum geology consultant. Contains almost 4,000 mineral descriptions with information about physical and optical properties, chemical formulaes, classification (Dana and Strunz), and crystal form.
National directory of geoscience data repositories. American Geological Institute
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Mineral Sciences Collections.
North American Stratigraphic Code. The North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin 89(11): 1547-1591. 2005.
O'Donoghue, M. (ed.) 2006. Gems [:] Their sources,
descriptions and identification. 6th ed . Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann,
Sci Ref QE392.W37 2006
PetDB Petrological database of the
ocean floor. Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA) Facility.
"...geochemical data collection of ocean floor igneous and metamorphic rocks."
Pott, P.J., Tindle, A.G., and Webb, P.C. 1992.
Geochemical reference material compositions. Latheronwheel, Caithness,
U.K.: Whittles Pub.; Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 313p.
Sci Ref QE438.P67 1992
Reimann, C. and de Caritat, P. 1998.
Chemical elements in the environment [:] Factsheets for the geochemist and
environmental scientist. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 397p.
Sci Ref QE516.4.R45 1998
Resources of scholarly societies - Earth sciences.
University of Waterloo Electronic Library Scholarly Societies Project.
An alphabetic list of earth science societies.
Schoeneberger, P.J., Wysocki, D.A., Benham, E.C., and Broderson, W.D. (eds.) 2002. Field book for describing and sampling soils, Version 3.0. Lincoln, NE: Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Soil Survey Center.
Seafloor sediment grain size database. World Data Center for Geophysics & Marine Geology, Boulder, CO.
Suspended-sediment database: Daily values of suspended sediment and ancillary
Retrieve data by state, hydrologic region, and time period. USGS.
Treatise on geochemistry. 2004. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 10 volumes.
Sci Ref QE515.T64 2004
Union list of geologic field trip guidebooks of North America.
1996. 6th ed. Alexandria, VA: American
Geosciences Institute, in cooperation with the Geoscience Information
Sci Ref QE45.G48 1996
Virtual field trip guides: United States and Canada. The Walter Geology Library. University of Texas at Austin.
Web listing of mineralogy and petrology scientific meetings. (updated 2/6/2013). Andrea Koziol, University of Dayton.
World Glacier Inventory
Collected and digitized by the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Zurich.
World reference base for soil resources. 1998. International Society of Soil Science (ISSS), International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Professional organizations. Association of American State Geologists.
American Geosciences Institute
American Geophysical Union
Association for Women Geoscientists
Geological Society of America
International Union of Geological Sciences
Mineralogical Association of Canada
Mineralogical Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Society for Sedimentary Geology
Society of Exploration Geologists
The Geological Society - London
Atlases and Geographic Name Servers
Adams, J.M. and Faure, H. (1997) Review and atlas of palaeovegetation - preliminary land ecosystem maps of the world since the Last Glacial Maximum. TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Atlas of the Cryosphere
National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Canadian geographical names
Natural Resources Canada
Getty thesaurus of geographic names online. The J. Paul Getty Trust
Ixer, R.A. and Duller, P.R. 1998. Virtual atlas of opaque and ore minerals in their association. Department of Geological Sciences, Birmingham University, England.
MacKenzie, W.S. and Adams, A.E. 1994. A
color atlas of rocks and minerals in thin section. New York: Halsted
Sci Ref QE434.M33 1994
Maher, L.J., Jr.
Geology by lightplane.
Includes 335 aerial photographs of Midwest and western U.S. geologic formations for noncommercial educational use.
Maine's Ice Age trail, Downeast. University of Maine, Climate Change Institute.
Online geologic maps and reports. Maine Geological Survey.
The paleogeographic atlas project. University of Chicago.
Soil atlas of Europe. European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability.
tapestry of time and terrain: The union of two maps - geology and topology.
Developed by the USGS, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Visible earth. NASA images and animations
World atlas of panoramic aerial images
California Geographical Survey. Developed by Dr. William A. Bowen
Aber, J.S. 3/2011 (last update). Bibliography of glaciotectonic references.
Digital Library for Earth
System Education (DLESE)
A partnership between NSF and DLESE
Geology Web Links
History of oceanography & earth sciences. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library
Ice Core Gateway. NOAA Paleoclimatology
NGDC marine geology inventory (GEOLIN)
inventory of all geological data available from National Geophysical Data Center's Marine Geology & Geophysics Division.
NSIDC cold links. National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Web resources for sedimentary geologists
Developed and maintained by Dr. Becky Dorsey, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon
West's geology directory
Compiled and maintained by Dr. Ian West, Department of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, UK, this site contains links to hundreds of geologic Web sites. It is arranged by subject. Updated frequently.
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