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Geological Sciences and Engineering

Matthew Pickens
Databases Print Resources Web Resources


This database is a comprehensive geoscience resource containing over 2.6 million bibliographic records covering
subjects such as mineralogy and crystallography, general mineralogy, mineralogy of silicates, and mineralogy of
non-silicates. Bibliographic records from more than 3,000 journals are included in the database as well as journal
articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. Coverage from 1693 to present.

OnePetro is a multi-society library that provides a simple way to search for and access a broad range of technical literature related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. From one place, you can search and buy documents from many different professional societies, or similar organizations, that serve the oil and gas industry.

GeoScienceWorld provides electronic access to the journals of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London, Mineralogical Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
The 114,000 citations that comprise the database provide comprehensive of earthquake engineering and earthquake hazard mitigation. Coverage from approximately 1971 to present.

Knovel Digital Library
Knovel is a large collection of downloadable science and engineering ebooks, including reference works.

Compendex is one of the most comprehensive bibliographic databases in the field of engineering. The citations
are drawn from over 2,600 journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, and some books. Compendex
is the online equivalent of the print Engineering Index from 1980 to the present (see below for additional coverage).
Coverage from 1884 to Present.

Dissertation Abstracts
Dissertation Abstracts contains references and abstracts for doctoral dissertations from accredited American and
Canadian, selected British and European universities, covering all academic subjects. Masters theses are also included
from accredited North American Universities. Coverage from 1861 (masters from 1988) to present.  

Scopus provides multidisciplinary indexing of the science and engineering literature. It is Elsevier's counterpart to ISI's Web of Science, providing the same core functionality but indexing a wider variety of journals and proceedings. Coverage generally from 1996 to present though some records date as far back as the mid-1800s.

U.S. Geological Survey - Library Catalog
USGS online catalog containing over 325,000 citations to USGS publications produced since 1879. NOTE: Not all
USGS publications are listed in the USGS library catalog.

U.S. Geological Survey - Publications Warehouse
Bibliographic citations to over 70,000 USGS publications. Full-text of over 40,000 publications, including many Open-File Reports. NOTE: Not all USGS publications are listed in the Publication Warehouse.

Print Resources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Glossary of Geology
    Reference QE5 .B38 2005
  • Dictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy
    Reference QB14 .D53 2001
  • Illustrated Petroleum Reference Dictionary
    Reference TN865 .I43 1994        
  • Encyclopedia of Geology
    Reference QE5 .E516 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Paleontology
    Reference QE703 .E523 1999
  • Water Encyclopedia
    Reference TD345 .L393 2005


  • Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets (4th edition)
    Reference QE52 .G46 2006
  • Practical Handbook of Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals
    Reference QE431.6 P5 P73 1989
  • Dana's New Mineralogy
    Reference QE372 .D23 1997
  • Global Earth Physics
    Reference QC808. G56 1995
  • Ground-water Resources of the United States
    Reference GB1015 .G76 1983
  • Handbook of Groundwater Engineering
    Reference  TC176 .H35 1999
  • Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes
    Reference TP690 .H34 1997
  • Mineral Reference Manual
    Reference QE372.1 .N53 1991
  • Modern Petroleum Technology
    Reference TN870 . .I48 2000
  • The Engineer's Career Guide
    Reference Reserve

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