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Start Here / Best Databases

  • GeoRef - Geology, earth science, hydrology, and paleontology literature.
  • NOTE: older paper indexes include -

    • Bibliography & Index of Geology, 1933-1995 (550 X G345b - Lv.5)
    • Bibliography of North American Geology, 1919-1970 (I 19.3/2 - Lv.1)
    • Geological Literature of North America, 1785-1918 (I 19.3/2 - Lv.1)
  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
  • USGS Publications Warehouse (1880-Present) - Comprehensive index of USGS series, reports, maps, etc.
  • Web of Science - Multidisciplinary index.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:



    Search specialized magazines and journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some of the browsing examples to look at are: Advances in Water Resources; Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Earth Science Reviews; Geology; Geomorphology; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Journal of Geology; Journal of Glaciology; Journal of Metamorphic Geology; Journal of Sedimentary Research; Palaios; Quaternary Science Reviews; Sedimentology.


    To Browse Titles or Journals by Subject, click here: Mansfield Library Journals.


    Browse or Search Ejournal Packages (NOTE: Some allow keyword searching of article fulltext):

    For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

    For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 Minutes.

    For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

    To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or on Eigenfactor.


      Book Catalogs

      Book catalog resources:

      For search hints, take a look at: UM Catalog Help.

      Main Dewey Decimal call numbers for browsing Geoscience materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks or library catalog:

      • 549 Mineralogy
      • 550 Earth sciences
      • 551 Geology, hydrology & meteorology
      • 552 Petrology
      • 553 Economic geology
      • 554 Earth sciences of Europe
      • 555 Earth sciences of Asia
      • 556 Earth sciences of Africa
      • 557 Earth sciences of North America
      • 558 Earth sciences of South America
      • 559 Earth sciences of other areas
      • 560 Paleontology; paleozoology
      • 561 Paleobotany; fossil microorganisms
      • 562 Fossil invertebrates
      • 563 Fossil marine & seashore invertebrates
      • 564 Fossil mollusks & molluscoids
      • 565 Fossil anthropods
      • 566 Fossil chordates
      • 567 Fossil cold-blooded vertebrates; fossil fishes
      • 568 Fossil birds
      • 569 Fossil mammals

      For a detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click on: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries.

      Geological Society of America - Publication Series.

      • Abstracts (550.6 G345a - Lv.5)
      • Bulletin (550.6 G345b - Lv.5)
      • Memoir (550.6 G345mo - Lv.5)
      • Special Papers (550.6 G345s - Lv.5)

      Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology - Publication Series.

      • Annual Report (557.86 M8r - Lv.4- MT Collection)
      • Bulletin (557.86 M8b - Lv.4- MT Collection)
      • Publication Catalog (557.86 X M8p - Lv.4- MT Collection)
      • Special Puclication (557.86 M8s - Lv.4- MT Collection)

      U.S. Government Documents

      • Library Catalog & GPO Monthly Catalog - Government Documents, 1976-present
      • Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog (015.73 X C9711, 1900-1971)
      • Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Public Documents (015.73 X L642c, 1789-1976)

      U.S. Geological Survey - Publication Series.

      (NOTE: Check Library Catalog for electronic, paper, and microfiche copies; also see USGS Publications Warehouse (1880-present).

      • Bulletin (I 19.3: plus the Report Number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)
      • Circular (I 19.4/2: plus the Report Number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)
      • Open-File Reports (I 19.76: plus the Report Number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)
      • Professional Papers (I 19.16: plus the Report Number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)
      • Water-Resources Investigative Reports (I 19.42/4: plus the Report Number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)
      • Water-Supply Papers (I 19.13: plus the Report number - Lv.1 Gov Docs)

        Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias & Handbooks



        (NOTE: check library catalog for electronic, paper, and microfiche copies; also see USGS Publications Warehouse (1880-present).


        Climatic Data for the World C 55.211 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)

        Climatological Data. Montana Section.

        • A 29.29/22:, 1902-1938 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 30.18/22:, 1939-1968 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 55.214/23:, 1969-1999 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)

        Climatological Data. Missoula, Montana.

        • C 30.56/22x:, 1942-1970 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 55.217:, 1971-1978 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 55.287/28-8:, 1979-1983 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 55.286/6-27:, 1984-1998 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)

        Precipitation Data. Montana.

        • C 30.59/211:, 1951-1966 (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)
        • C 55.216/21:, 1967-present (Lv.1- Gov.Docs.)

        Web Sites - Search Engines

        For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.

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        Citation Guides

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