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Programs and Funding:

These resources include graduate study programs, funding opportunies, grants, and scholarships.

Peterson's Annual Guides/Graduate Study. Princeton, N.J.: Peterson's Guides.
L 901 P46 PCL and PMA

This annual guide presents summary information, supplied by the schools which choose to be included, about graduate programs in the physical sciences.

See also Peterson's Graduate Planner : Student Edition .

Scholarships, Grants & Prizes. Lawrenceville, N.J.: Peterson's/Thomson Learning.
LB 2337.2 P484 PCL


Departments and Directories:

Directories are compilations of names, addresses, phone numbers or other useful information about a specific group of individuals or organizations.

Directory of Geoscience Departments. Alexandria, Va: American Geological Institute, [annual].
QE 47 A1 D57 GEOL REFERENCE

This useful booklet lists all U.S. and Canada Geoscience Departments, addresses, phone numbers, degrees granted, and current faculty. Current year's directory is located in Geology Library Reference.

Directory of Palaeontologists of the World. Berg-Madsen, V., ed. 4th ed. (s.l.): International Palaeontological Association, 1984.
QE 707 A2 D56 1984 GEOL

This list is an alphabetical, taxonomic, and geographical directory of active paleontologists worldwide. Especially useful in locating specialists in particular taxa.

See also the online edition. Directory of Paleontologists of the World . 2009. International Paleontological Association. 10 July 2009.

GeoDirectory . 2009. AGI The American Geological Institute. 10 July 2009.

The Geophysical Directory. Houston: Geophysical Directory, Inc, 2008.
TN 867 G4686 GEOL REFERENCE

Part 1, General Information. Part 2, Supplies and Services.

This two-part annual listing claims to be a comprehensive survey of individuals and companies connected with or engaged in geophysical exploration. Current years are found in Geology Library Reference.


Style Guides:

Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in Earth Science. Bates, Robert Latimer, Marla D. Adkins-Heljeson, and Rex Buchanan. Alexandria, Va: American Geological Institute, 2004.
QE 48.85 G44 2004 GEOL

This is a style manual expressly designed for use by geologists.

Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Turabian, Kate L. Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
LB 2369 T8 2007 PCL


Guides to the Literature :

A guide provides a systematic introduction to the literature of a field and an overview of the subject matter included. Guides are primarily designed for the beginner, or for someone seeking advanced information in an unaccustomed subject area.

Sources of Information for the Literature of Geology; an introductory guide. Mackay, John W. London: The Geological Society, 1973. -Q- QE 40 M32 1974 GEOL

This guide is intended for beginners who need a brief introduction to the structure of geologic literature and the major sources of published information.

Science and Engineering Literature. Malinowsky, Harold Robert.3rd ed. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited. 1980.
Q 158.5 M28 1980 GEOL REFERENCE

A general introduction to information sources in the major scientific and engineering disciplines. There is an excellent guide to the literature of geology with useful annotations.

Guide to the Petroleum Reference Literature. Pearson, Barbara C. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1987.
TN 870 P33 1987 GEOL REFERENCE

Up-to-date and well organized, this source integrates oil industry information sources for upstream and downstream activities. Includes lists of databases, organizations, and publishers.

Geologic Reference Sources. Ward, Dederick C. & Wheeler, M. J. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1981.
QE 40 W322 1981 GEOL REFERENCE

A regional and subject bibliography of publications and maps in geology. Many entries are annotated and there are extensive subject and geographic indexes.

Use of Earth Sciences Literature. Wood, D.N. London: Butterworths, 1973.
QE 33 W621 1973a GEOL

An extensive bibliographic essay / introduction to the structure and nature of geologic literature. It uses a subject approach and has geographic indexes and lists of major journals in each subject area with practical study exercises.


Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Thesauri:

Encyclopedias are comprehensive summaries of information covering both historical and current aspects of a branch of knowledge. Dictionaries and thesauri define and correlate its terminology.

Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones. Ahrem, Joel C. 2nd ed. New York: Van Nostrand, 1987.
QE 392 A69 1987 GEOL REFERENCE

Color photographs and data on gemstones are available, including several chapters on properties, synthesis, and enhancement of gems.

Dictionary of Gems and Gemology. Manutchehr-Danai, Mohsen, Christian Witschel, and Kerstin Kindler. Berlin: Springer, 2009.
QE 392 M29 2009 GEOL REFERENCE

This item includes definitions of gems and gemology for use by students, hobbyists, scientists and others interested in gems ad gemlogy. It includes tables and illustrations.

Dinosaurs, the encyclopedia. Glut, Donald F. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1997.
QE 862 D5 G652 GEOL REFERENCE

An alphabetical listing of virtually every genus of dinosaur known at the time of publication with capsule information about the characteristics of each. Aimed at the student or interested lay reader, nevertheless a useful and well organized book.

Encyclopedia of Earth . Environmental Information Coalition (EIC) and National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). 15 July 2009.

Encyclopedia of Earth System Science. Nierenberg, William Aaron. San Diego: Academic Press, 1992.
QE 5 E514 1992 V.1-4 GEOL REFERENCE

This four-volume set contains long thematic summaries of each major sub-discipline of the earth sciences, with extensive cross-references and contextual definitions.

Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences. Kearey, P. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1993.
QE 5 E517 1993 GEOL REFERENCE

A new and comprehensive earth sciences encylopedia. Most entries are short and many contain bibliographic references.

GeoRef Thesaurus. Goodman, Barbara A. Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute, 2008.
Z 695.1 G43 G46 2008 GEOL REFERENCE

Glossary of Geology. Neuendorf, Klaus K. E., James P. Mehl, and Julia A. Jackson. Alexandria, Va: American Geological Institute, 2005.
QE 5 B38 2005 GEOL REFERENCE

A comprehensive dictionary with over 39,000 brief definitions aimed at the geosciences professional.

Glossary of Geology . American Geological Institute. Restricted to UT students, faculty, and staff.

Provides online access to a primary source for terminology in the field of the geosciences.

Igneous Rocks: A Classification and Glossary of Terms : Recommendations of the International Union of Geological Sciences, Subcommission on the Systematics of Igneous Rocks. Le Maitre, R. W.Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
QE 461 I446 2002 GEOL REFERENCE (also available as Ebook with UTEID login)

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States 1938--
QE 75 B9 no.896, no.1200, no.1350, no.1536, no.1564 GEOL REFERENCE

These lexicons list and describe formations and deposits of the United States and its territories. Entries give the age of the formation or deposit, location(s) and annotated published references including where the name was first cited.

USGS National Geologic Lexicon Database . 2 May 2008. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, USA. 16 July 2009.

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States (Including Alaska). Wilmarth, M. Grace. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1938.
QE 75 B9 NO.896 PT.2 GEOL REFERENCE

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States for 1936-1960. Keroher, Grace C. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1966.
QE 75 B9 NO.1200 PT.1-3 GEOL REFERENCE

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States for 1961-1967. Keroher, Grace C. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1970.
QE 75 B9 NO.1350 GEOL REFERENCE

Lexicon of Geologic Names of the United States for 1968-1975. Luttrell, Gwendolyn Lewise Werth. Geological Survey bulletin, 1520. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1981.
QE 75 B9 NO.1520 GEOL REFERENCE

Lexicon of New Formal Geologic Names of the United States, 1976-1980. Luttrell, Gwendolyn Lewise Werth, Marilyn L. Hubert, and Virginia M. Jussen. U.S. Geological Survey bulletin, 1564. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 1986.
QE 75 B9 NO.1564 GEOL REFERENCE

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of the Geological Sciences. Parker, Sybil P.New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.
QE 5 M29 1988 GEOL REFERENCE

Contains 520 articles covering all areas of the geological sciences, reprinted from the 1987 edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.

Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. Dixon, D., et al. New York, Macmillan, 1988.
QE 841 M225 1988 GEOL REFERENCE

This is a large, color guide to the latest summary information on dinosaur and mammal paleontology.

Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures: A Visual Who's Who of Prehistoric Life. Cox, Barry, and Douglas Palmer. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
QE 841 M225 1999 GEOL REFERENCE

Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Fairbridge, Rhodes W., ed. New York: Van Nostrand/Hutchinson Ross, 1967-.

This series presents a comprehensive set of short articles summarizing every facet of earth science knowledge. As of 1989 the publisher has dropped volume numbering.

Vol.I. The Encyclopedia of Oceanography, 1967.
GC 9 F3 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. II. The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences and Astrogeology, 1967.
QC 854 F34 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. III. The Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, 1968.
GB 10 F3 GEOL

Vol. IVA. The Encyclopedia of Geochemistry and Environmental Sciences, 1972.
QE 515 F24 GEOL

Vol. IVB. The Encyclopedia of Mineralogy, 1981.
QE 355 E49 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. VI. The Encyclopedia of Sedimentology, 1978.
QE 471 E49 GEOL

Vol. VIII. The Encyclopedia of World Regional Geology, Part 1, Western Hemisphere including Australia and Antarctica, 1975.
QE 5 F33 V.1 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. X. The Encyclopedia of Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics.
QE 601 E53 1987 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. XI. The Encyclopedia of Climatology.
QC 854 E525 1987 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. XII. The Encyclopedia of Soil Science, Part 1, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Fertility, & Technology, 1979.
S 592 E52 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. XIII. The Encyclopedia of Applied Geology.
QE 5 E5 1984 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. XIV. The Encyclopedia of Field and General Geology.
QE 5 E515 1988 GEOL REFERENCE

Vol. XV. The Encyclopedia of Beaches and Coastal Environments.
GB 450.4 E53 1982 GEOL REFERENCE

The Encyclopedia of European and Asian Regional Geology.
QE 260 E63 1997 GEOL REFERENCE

The Encyclopedia of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology.
QE 461 E56 1989 GEOL REFERENCE

The Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics.
QE 501 E58 1989 GEOL REFERENCE

Water Encyclopedia. Van der Leeden, F., et al. Chelsea, MI, Lewis Publishers, 1990.
TD 351 V36 GEOL REFERENCE

This completely revised and much expanded second edition contains an exhaustive compendium of water-related definitions and data.


Bibliographies, Abstracts, and Indexes:

Bibliographies are topical lists of published materials. Abstracts and indexes provide access to information in periodicals, books, government publications, and technical reports. Indexes usually provide minimal author and subject listings of resource materials. Abstracts normally provide summary annotations of these materials.

Bibliography of Gulf Coast Geology. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) Special Publications. New Orleans, LA and Austin, TX.
QE 78.5 G8543 V.1-7 1900-1995 GEOL REFERENCE

This bibliography/index covers the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas of the U.S. & Mexico, listing published materials on the Gulf Coast from the 1800s to 1990.

These Bibliographies of the Geology of Texas have detailed subject and county indexes. Also included are theses and dissertations relating to the geology of Texas.

Geology of Texas. Sellards, E. H., W. S. Adkins, and F. B. Plummer. Austin, Tex: The University, 1933.
QE 167 U558 NO.3232 GEOL (also available as an electronic resource through the library catalog)

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology, 1933-1950. Girard, Roselle M. The University of Texas. Publication, no. 5910. Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, 1959.
QE 167 U558 NO.5910 GEOL REFERENCE (also available as an electronic resource through the library catalog)

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology, 1951-1960. Moore, Elizabeth T., and Margaret Dewey Brown.Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1972.
QE 167 M691 1972 GEOL REFERENCE

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology, 1961-1974. Moore, Elizabeth T. Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1976.
QE 167 M692 GEOL REFERENCE

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology, 1975-1980. Masterson, Amanda R. Austin, Tex: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1981.
QE 167 M378 GEOL REFERENCE

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology, 1981-1985. Masterson, Amanda R., and Lana Dieterich. Austin, Tex. (University of Texas at Austin, Austin, 78713): Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 1990.
QE 167 M378 1990 GEOL REFERENCE

Bureau of Mines Publications and Articles ... with Subject and Author Index. United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1992.
TN 1 U759 1960-1991 GEOL REFERENCE

Geologic Guidebooks of North America . 2009. American Geological Institute. 16 July 2009.

The updated and online version of the Union List of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks of North America.

GeoRef, the electronic version of The Bibliography and Index of Geology, produced and compiled by the American Geological Institute, is restricted to UT Austin faculty, staff, and students. GeoRef now contains references from 1669 to the present for North America and from 1933 to the present for international coverage.

Guide to USGS Geologic and Hydrologic Maps. McLean, VA: Documents Index, Inc.
GA 101 G853 1992 GEOL MAPS
GA 101 G853 1990 GEOL REFERENCE

This is a comprehensive listing of mapping undertaken by the U.S. Geologic Survey, and is a valuable guide to USGS published maps. Arranged thematically by series, with indexes for area-subject, subject-area, and coordinates. Also available in the Geology Libraries Tobin Map Collection.

New Publications of the Geological Survey. Geological Survey (U.S.). Reston, Va: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1907.
QE 75 P825 2001-2003 MAR GEOL

Discontinued in print.

New Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey . 16 July 2009. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. 16 July 2009.

Union List of Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks of North America. Spohn, Richard. Alexandria, Va: American Geological Institute, in cooperation with the Geoscience Information Society, 1996.
QE 71 G476 1996 GEOL REFERENCE


Fieldguides, Handbooks, and Yearbooks :

Fieldguides present concise descriptions with illustrations to aid in identifying and classifying materials in a natural setting. They are generally portable, durable, and highly organized in a schematic way for quick access. Handbooks gather a wide range of topical facts in one volume. Yearbooks summarize and report on progress, development, and statistical data in a particular subject area for a specific time period, usually annual.

Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils. Thompson, Ida. The Audubon Society field guide series. New York: Knopf, 1982.
QE 718 T5 1982 GEOL REFERENCE

This guide to the major taxa of North American fossils includes excellent color illustrations, overviews of the major fossil groups and their characteristics and occurrences, and generalized geologic maps for North America north of Mexico.

Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals. Chesterman, Charles W. New York: A. Knopf, 1978.
QE 443 C45 GEOL REFERENCE

Color illustrations characterize this useful field guide to rocks and minerals commonly found in North America. General descriptions of rock and mineral categories and types and informative short descriptions of nearly 800 individual specimens. Includes chapters on collecting tools, environments, and localities.

Field Guide to Fossils of Texas. Finsley, Charles. A Field Guide to Fossils of Texas. Texas Monthly field guide series. Houston, Tex: Gulf Pub, 1996.
QE 747 T4 F56 1996 GEOL REFERENCE

The first new guide to the paleontology of Texas in many years. Primarily covers invertebrate fossils.

Handbook of Hydrology. Maidment, David R. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.
GB 662.5 M35 1993 GEOL REFERENCE

This huge compendium of hydrology data is actually a second edition of an older work by another author. This volume covers geology, environmental and civil engineering aspects of hydrology.

Handbook of Physical Constants. Clark, Sydney P. [New York]: Geological Society of America, 1966. GSA Memoir no.97.
QE 1 G2196 NO.97 GEOL REFERENCE

Twenty-seven subject sections with references present data and information on a variety of physical constants needed for geological, geochemical, and geophysical calculations.

International Petroleum Encyclopedia. Tulsa, Okla: PennWell Pub. Co. [etc.], 1967- . Annual.
-Q- HD 9560.5 I59 GEOL REFERENCE

International summary data by region and nation of the oil and gas industry. Each volume has a series of special reports on topical issues in the industry that year.

Keystone Coal Industry Manual. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: McGraw-Hill, 1969- . Annual.
TN 805 A4 K4 1999 GEOL REFERENCE

This is the major coal industry statistical summary and trade directory. Summary articles are topical in nature.

Minerals Yearbook. U.S. Bureau of Mines. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1933-. (Annual).
TN 23 U612 GEOL REFERENCE

Reviews the economic and statistical situation of major economic minerals worldwide. V.1 : metals and minerals in alphabetic order; V.2 : a state-by-state area report for the United States; V.3 : international area reports by nation. Each cumulated annual set is preceded by preprints. Not timely.

Minerals Yearbook: Volume I.-- Metals and Minerals. United States Geological Survey (USGS). "Contain statistical data and information on approximately 90 commodities."

Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals. Touloukian, Y. S., William R. Judd, and Robert F. Roy. McGraw-Hill/CINDAS data series on material properties : Group II, Properties of special materials, vol. II-2. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981.
QE 431.6 P5 P48 GEOL REFERENCE

Part of a series which provides standardized, updated thermophysical data in a critically evaluated format with brief discussions of the state of knowledge in each area. Group II volumes relate to special materials from a theoretical and a data compendium perspective. A detailed table of contents substitutes for an index.

Practical Handbook of Physical Properties of Rocks and Minerals. Carmichael, Robert S. Boca Raton, Fla: CRC Press, 1989.
QE 431.6 P5 P73 1989 GEOL REFERENCE

A compendium of useful data about rock properties for geoscientists, organized under general headings and presented primarily in tabular form.

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones. Cipriani, Curzio, Alessandro Borelli, and Kennie Lyman.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.
QE 392 C5713 1986 GEOL REFERENCE

Designed like a field guide, this volume features color illustrations of rough specimens and finished gemstones, as well as a compendium of gem facts and useful identification techniques and characteristics.


Maps and Atlases :

The Tobin International Geologic Map Collection includes the map series of the United States Geological Survey, University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, and many other state geologic surveys. Some maps from foreign country geologic surveys are available. A project started in 1987 added records for the Tobin Collection to the University of Texas Libraries ' Library Catalog .

Maps in the Tobin Collection emphasize surface and subsurface geology, hydrology, mineral resources, and structural features, rather than social, political, or topographic features.

The Tobin Collection maintains topographic maps for Texas only. A full set of United States topographic maps are in the map collection of the Perry-Castañeda Library, the primary map collection of the University of Texas Libraries . Other map collections of special interest are located at the Benson Latin American Collection and the Center for American History, both in Sid Richardson Hall. Please consult with staff at those locations for more information.

The Tobin Collection has a straightforward geographical filing system.

The Geology Library has a collection of atlases dealing with earth structures and resources. These atlases are on the shelves in the Periodicals and New Books reading room and on the Oversize/Folios shelving area. Additionally, atlases on a variety of thematic topics are available throughout the University of Texas Libraries. The primary atlas location is in the map collection of the Perry-Castañeda Library. Please ask if you need help locating atlas materials.


Online Resources :

American Chemical Society:

CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool . 1907-present. Index of bibliographic information. Look up journal titles and abbreviations of scientific and technical publications. Covers serial and non-serial publications. Search by title, abbreviation, CODEN, ISBN, ISSN.

American Geological Institute:

GeoDirectory . 2009. AGI The American Geological Institute. 10 July 2009.

Geologic Guidebooks of North America . 2009. American Geological Institute. 16 July 2009.

GeoRef , the electronic version of The Bibliography and Index of Geology, produced and compiled by the American Geological Institute, is restricted to UT Austin faculty, staff, and students. GeoRef now contains references from 1669 to the present for North America and from 1933 to the present for international coverage.

Databases: Geological Sciences . Some are restricted to UTAustin faculty, staff, and students.

Encyclopedia of Earth . Environmental Information Coalition (EIC) and National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

International Paleontological Association.

Directory of Paleontologists of the World. 2009. International Paleontological Association. 10 July 2009.

United States Geological Survey (USGS):

Minerals Yearbook: Volume I.-- Metals and Minerals. United States Geological Survey (USGS). "Contain statistical data and information on approximately 90 commodities."

National Geologic Lexicon Database .

New Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey . U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS Library. In Reston, Virginia, this is one of the largest earth sciences library, and this catalog is an invaluable aid to locating or verifying research materials in geology and related fields from around the world.


compiled by Dennis Trombatore, revised 1/ 2010, 4/2011

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