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Comment Icon0 Maag Library provides access to Geology books, journals and data through print and online resources. The specific resources listed below are a portion of what is available through the library. For individualized assistance, contact the Science and Engineering Librarian; for general assistance Ask a Librarian!

Reference Resources

Comment Icon0 Use these encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs for background information about Geology or for definitions and general information.

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  • Encyclopedia of Geology Ref QE5 .E516 2005x
    A five-volume reference work that covers aspects of geology including earth history, earth materials, surface processes, regional geology, economic geology, engineering geology, petroleum geology, geochemical and mineral exploration, and the history of geology. The techniques of remote sensing and other tools of investigation that have advanced rapidly over the last few decades are described in detail.
  • Minerals of the World Ref QE366.8 .S3813 1992
    Features full-color photographs and concise listings for more than 500 minerals.
  • Glossary of Geology Ref QE5 .B38 1987
    A dictionary of geological terms.

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Locating Books

Comment Icon0 Books can be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog, or through the OhioLINK Catalog, which locates items available at other OhioLINK institutions. These OhioLINK items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.

Comment Icon0 Not certain about a topic? Finding materials by using Library of Congress Subject Headings could get you started; here are some topic suggestions:

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  • Ecology
  • Sediments (Geology)
  • Petrology
  • Physical Geology
  • Stratigraphy

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Browsing for Books

Comment Icon0 Geology resources are located throughout the library; items in the Reference Room, Serials (journals) or in the circulating collection are all arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once a useful book or journal is located in one of these areas, use that same call number to locate information on the same or similar topics in other areas of the library. See Call Numbers, Location, and Building Guide for assistance. Some of the call numbers where Geology information can be found includes:

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  • QE 1-350 –Geology
  • QE 351-399.2 Mineralogy
  • QE 420-499 Petrology
  • QE 500-625 Dynamic and Structural Geology
  • QE 640-699 Stratigraphy
  • QE 701-966.5 Paleontology

Comment Icon0 In addition to print monographs, some full-text, scholarly, scientific monographs may be found through the Electronic Book Center (EBC) and the keyword search terms “Geology.”

Finding Dissertations and Theses

Comment Icon0 The following databases may be used to search for related dissertations and theses published within the state, across the country, and world-wide. As with most research databases access to these two databases is available to current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus via off-campus OhioLink access.

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  • Dissertation Abstracts
    Provides citations and abstracts to theses and dissertations to colleges and universities in North America and Europe. (While some dissertations may be available through Interlibrary Loan, this is not always the case. Not all holding libraries loan dissertations and theses through ILL. In some instances there may be a fee.)
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD)
    Online theses and disssertations from Ohio graduate students from participating Ohio colleges and universities.

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Locating Articles

Comment Icon0 Geology articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help decide where to begin searching for articles.

Articles in Print

Geology journals that Maag Library receives in print can be located by searching MaagNet or browsing by call number. These journals are located on the sixth floor of Maag Library and are arranged in Library of Congress (LC) call number order.

Online Articles

Many Geology journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including author, subject, keywords and relevant dates. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.
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  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals
    Use this database index for an initial search of chemistry articles.
  • Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
    Full-text journals from OhioLINK electronic journal subscriptions. Currently includes over 6000 scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines. To best benefit from this database, use the Earth Sciences Category and select the appropriate sub-category or sub-categories.
  • Environment Complete
    This database covers ecological, hydrological, environmental and more from over 1200 national and international journals.
  • GeoRef
    The database indexes geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. The GeoRef database covers the geology of North America from 1785 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.
    Supplies full text articles from the very first volume to the last 3-5 years for approximately 240 titles in arts and sciences. Use the Advanced Search to select subcategories such as aquatic sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, history of science and technology, and paleontology.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded or ISI Web of Science
    Current information as well as backfiles to 1900 are found in full text on the Web of Science. ISI Citation Databases include bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. It is indexed so that the researcher can look for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Additionally, it is possible to search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.
  • Science Now
    Information from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Science Online
    A Facts on File encyclopedia of science disciplines
  • SciFinder Scholar–Research Tool of the Amerian Chemistry Society
    There is a one-time required account registration with a confirmation delay before the database can be accessed.
    Recommended for faculty and graduate students only.
  • Scopus
    SciVerse Scopus contains comprehensive indexing for the scientific, technical, and medical sciences.

Comment Icon0 These databases provide a starting point for research; for other databases, visit the Research Databases page.

Comment Icon0 For additional assistance in finding journals available through Maag Library, use the Maag Journal Finder. You can search for a specific journal by title or ISSN or browse the Geology sub-category under the Science category.

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Web Resources

Comment Icon0 The links below provide access to Geology resources on the Internet.

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  • American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
    This interface to a crystal structure database includes every structure published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, European Journal of Mineralogy and Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, as well as selected datasests from other journals. The database is maintained by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada.
  • Envirolink
    The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
  • Geo-Guide
    Geo-Guide is a subject gateway to online information sources on Earth Sciences (including Thematic Maps and Geography) and Mining developed at the Göttingen State- and University Library (SUB, Germany) and supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It links both European and worldwide resources.
  • GeoInformatics for Geochemistry
    This web site supports integrated data projects intended to develop, maintain and operate digital geochemical data collections and supports the long-term preservation, discovery, retrieval and analysis of geochemical data. GfG systems are developed, operated and maintained by a joint team at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) in collaboration with Harvard University, University of Kansas, Oregon State University, Boston University, and Boise State University.
  • How Volcanoes Work
    This website, sponsored by NASA through Project ALERT, is an educational resource describing volcanoes and volcanic processes.
  • National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
    Includes a link the World Data Center for Seismology.
  • National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
    This division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides geophysical data for the sea floor, the earth, and solar-terrestrial environment.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
  • Online Geology Exhibits, University of California Museum of Paleontology
    An online exhibit, presented by UC Berkeley.
  • Science@NASA
    This division of Firstgov serves as a portal to science information and government agenices involved in science.
  • Scirus
    This comprehensive scientific research indexes not only journal content but also scientists’ ancillary scientific information.
  • SpringerLink through OhioLink ON CAMPUS ACCESS ONLY
    Select the Earth and Environmental Science Collection and choose from various sub-categories in Environment or Geosciences to search for journal articles within specialized fields. Or, click BROWSE on the navigation bar to search among other resources.
  • UNESCO: Natural Sciences
    This UNESCO information source links data from a variety of sources and websites.
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
    This multidisciplinary website covers biology, geography, geology, and water.
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS): Minerals Information
    This subdivision treats minerals specifically
  • YSU Department of Geological and Environmental Studies

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