United States Geological Survey (USGS) : Publication Guide- compiled by Dennis Trombatore and Calla Smith-Dowling, revised October 2009, April 2011

The Walter Geology Library, including the Tobin Map Collection, is the place to find United States Geological Survey (USGS) publications at University of Texas at Austin, with the exception of certain items such as topographic maps outside of Texas.

The goal of this U.S. Geological Survey Collection Guide is to help patrons find a citation of a USGS publication, search the library catalog, and then locate the item on the library shelves. The guide is geared towards print materials, although many current USGS documents are available online.

USGS publications are cataloged by either series or title. Many, but not all, USGS documents in the Geology Library are shelved in chronological and numerical order within a series. Knowing the USGS Series, Title, Author, Publication Date, and Volume will help you find an item.


How to find USGS publications:

Use the following databases and bibliographies to find a citation that includes series, title, author, publication date, and volume. Once you have a citation, you can search the library catalog<http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/>. Our online resources, such as GeoRef, do not always interact directly with our Library Catalog.

GeoRef. <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/indexes/titles.php?id=158> Restricted to UT faculty, students, and staff.

GeoScienceWorld. <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/indexes/titles.php?id=394> Restricted to UT faculty, students, and staff.

National Geologic Map Database. <http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ngmdb/ngm_catalog.ora.html> Geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology.

USGS Publications Warehouse. <http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/> Current, online edition.
Older, print editions at: QE 75 P825 2001-2003 Geology

Bibliography of fossil vertebrates. Geological Society of America.
QE 841 B525 Geology Reference

Bibliography and index of Texas geology, 1981-1985.
QE 167 M378 1990 Geology Reference

Guide to USGS geologic and hydrologic maps.
GA 101 G853 1983-1992 Geology


Interpreting citations:

Robert Thomas Hill and Thomas Wayland Vaughan.arrow Authors

The Lower Cretaceous Gryphaeas of the Texas Region.arrowTitle

Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1898. arrowPlace of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication.

U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin No.151arrowSeries and Volume

QE 75 B9 NO.151 arrowCall number

 

Gordon E. Andreasen and F. A. Petrafeso.arrow Authors

Aeromagnetic Map of the Llano Uplift, Mason-Burnet Area, Central Texas. arrowTitle

Washington, D.C.: The Survey, 1963.arrowPlace of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication.

U.S. Geological Survey Geophysical investigations ; map GP-417 arrowSeries, Series Abbreviation, and Number

MAP USGS GP-417arrowCall number


USGS Series with Call Numbers

Once you have a USGS citation, use the tables below to help you search for the document in our library catalog <http://lib.utexas.edu/> and to find the document on the shelf. Descriptions of the series are listed at the bottom of this page and here: Publications Warehouse: Descriptions of USGS Series. <http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=127:13:7880700566197561> Items housed at the Library Storage Facility may be requested by patrons.

Different ways to discover the Call Number/Location in the Geology library through the library catalog:

Search library catalog by:
Documents are shelved:
Title or author. By subject area. Each document has a different call number from other volumes in the same series. These are NOT grouped together by series.
Series. By series. They are shelved in chronological and numerical order. These are NOT searchable by title or author. The call number is listed in the table below.
Title, author, or series. By series. They are shelved in chronological and numerical order. These documents can also be searched by title and author as well as by series. The call number is listed in the table below.

USGS Series in alphabetical order:

Series
Abbreviation

Series.
Click for a Description.

Call Number/Location

AFR Annual Financial Report QE 76 U54a Geology
AR Annual Report -L- QE 75 A62 Geology
AWDR/WDR Annual State Water-Data Report see Library Catalog
BSR Biological Science Report see Library Catalog
B or BULL Bulletin QE 75 B9 Geology
CIRC or C Circular QE 75 C5 Geology
DS Data Series see Library Catalog
DDS Digital Data Series CDROM 40 DDS Geology
FS Fact Sheet QE 75 F33 1994-2006 INCOMP. Geology
GF Folios of the Geologic Atlas * Library Storage Facility *
GIP General Interest Publication see Library Catalog
ITR Information and Technology Report see Library Catalog
  Journal of Research -Q- QE 1 U5585 V.1 1973- V.6 1978 Geology
  Mineral Resources

* Library Storage Facility *

M Monographs -L- QE 75 M7 v.1-55 Geology
OFR or OF Open-File Report see Library Catalog
PP or Prof P Professional Paper QE 75 P9 Geology
SIR Scientific Investigations Report GB 701 W376 Geology
TEI Trace Elements Investigations see Library Catalog
TEM Trace Elements Memorandum see Library Catalog
TM Techniques and Methods see Library Catalog
TWRI Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations TC 177 U57a Geology
WRIR or WRI Water-Resources Investigations Report GB 701 W375 Geology
WSP Water-Supply Paper TC 801 U2 Geology
Y Yearbook QE 76 U54a Geology

USGS Maps with Call Numbers

Search for Maps in the library catalog <http://lib.utexas.edu/> by Title, Author, or Series. Descriptions of the map series are listed at the bottom of this page and here: Publications Warehouse: Descriptions of USGS Series. <http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=127:13:7880700566197561>

USGS Maps, with the exception of topographic maps, are shelved by series in the green, vertical cabinets.

Call numbers follow this form: MAP USGS [series abbreviation] [number]

Series
Abbreviation:
Map Series. Click for Description.
A Antarctic Geologic Map
CP Circum-Pacific Map
COAL or C Coal Investigations Map
GF Folios of the Geologic Atlas
GQ Geological Quadrangle Map
GP Geophysical Investigations
HA Hydrologic Investigations Atlas
HUM Hydrologic Unit Maps
I Miscellaneous Investigations / Geological Investigations Series
I (SIM) Scientific Investigations Map
L Land Use and Land Cover Map
MB Missouri Basin Study
MF Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
MR Mineral Investigations Resource Map
OC Oil and Gas Investigations Charts
OM Oil and Gas Investigations Map
  Topographic

Topographic:

Topographic maps of Texas are located in the map cases in the Southeast corner of the library. Topographic maps are shelved alphabetically by Series or Quadrangle name.

Perry-Castañeda Map Collection houses topographic maps of the United States, including Texas, and of foreign countries. Digitized versions can be found at: United States Togographic Maps 1:250,000. <http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/250k/index.html>


USGS Series and Maps Descriptions

This alphabetical list gives the series, series abbreviation, call number, information about the currency of the publication, the USGS publication description, and any information pertinent to Walter Geology Library. Many of the descriptions were taken from Publications Warehouse: Descriptions of USGS Series. <http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=127:13:7880700566197561>

Annual Report (AR):
-L- QE 75 A62 Geology

Annual Report or Annual Financial Report (AFR) or Activities or Yearbook (Y):
QE 76 U54a Geology

Annual State Water-Data Report (AWDR/WDR):

Antarctic Geologic Map (A):
MAP USGS A [number]

Description to be filled in.

Biological Science Report (BSR):

Bulletin (B or Bull):
QE 75 B9 Geology

Circular (CIRC or C):
QE 75 C5 Geology

Circum-Pacific Map (CP):
MAP USGS CP [number]

Coal Investigations (COAL or C):
MAP USGS C [number]

Data Series (DS):

Digital Data Series (DDS):

Fact Sheet (FS):
QE 75 F33 1994-2006 INCOMPLETE Geology

Folios of the Geologic Atlas (GF):
* Library Storage Facility * 557.3 UN3G Geology

General Interest Publication (GIP):

Geologic Quadrangle (GQ):
MAP USGS GQ [number]

Geophysical Investigations (GP):
MAP USGS GP [number]

Hydrologic Investigations Atlas (HA):
MAP USGS HA [number]

Hydrologic Unit Maps (HUM):
MAP USGS HUM [number]

Information and Technology Report (ITR):

Journal of Research of the U.S. Geological Survey:
-Q- QE 1 U5585 V.1 1973- V.6 1978 Geology

Land Use and Land Cover (L):
MAP USGS L [number]

Mineral Investigations Resource (MR):
MAP USGS MR [number]

Mineral Resources of the United States:
* Library Storage Facility * 557.3 UN3MI 1882-1931

Miscellaneous Field Studies (MF):
MAP USGS MF [number]

Miscellaneous Investigations/ Geologic Investigations (I) Series

Missouri Basin Study (MB):

Monographs (M):
-L- QE 75 M7 v.1-55 Geology

Description to be added.

Oil and Gas Investigations (OC) Chart:
MAP USGS OC [number]

Oil and Gas Investigations (OM):
MAP USGS [series] [number]

Open-File Report (OFR/OF):

Professional Paper (PP or Prof P):
QE 75 P9 Geology

Scientific Investigations Map I(SIM):
MAP USGS I(SIM) [number]

Scientific Investigations Report (SIR):
GB 701 W376 Geology

Techniques and Methods (TM):

Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations (TWRI):
TC 177 U57a [book number, chapter number] Geology

Topographic:

Trace Elements Investigations (TEI):

Description to be filled in

Trace Elements Memorandum (TEM):

Description to be filled in

Water-Resources Investigations Report (WRIR or WRI):
GB 701 W375 Geology

Water-Supply Paper (WSP):
TC 801 U2 Geology


Ordering USGS Publications

USGS Store. <http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/b2c/start/(xcm=r3standardpitrex_prd)/.do>

There is a US Geological Survey Division in Austin. Some Texas publications may be available there in hard copy.

U.S. Geological Survey 8027 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754 Phone (512) 927-3500 Fax (512) 927-3590


Revised USGS and Historical Series

Revised Series: The USGS has revised its series. The series resulting from this change are designed to accommodate a broad range of research topics in biology, geology, geography, and hydrology. Some of the new series include:

Circular (C or CIRC), Data Series (DS), Fact Sheet (FS), General Information Product, Professional Paper (PP or Prof P), Open-File Report (OFR), Scientific Investigations Map I(SIM- maps), Scientific Investigations Report (SIR), and Techniques and Methods (TM).

Some of the titles that have been discontinued and absorbed into the revised series:

Biological Science Report (BSR), Bulletin (B or BULL), Digital Data Series (DDS), Geologic Investigations Series (I-maps), Hydrologic Investigations Atlas (HA-maps), Information and Technology Report (ITR), Miscellaneous Field Studies Map (MF-maps), Techniques of Water Resources Investigations (TWRI), and Water Resources Investigations (WRI).

Major Historical Series: The modern USGS began publishing in 1878. Prior to that several Geologic and Geographic Surveys were commissioned by Congress. If you need more information about these earlier publications, please ask the library staff for help.