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Geology: GLY 501

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2018 10:11 AM


This guide is a bibliography listing of some of the resources that are available in Geology in the University Libraries. The references selected will assist researchers in gaining background information and establishing a starting point from which other, more in-depth resources can be found on the topic.


QE 1 to QE 996.5 is the Library of Congress (LC) call number range for topics in Geology. The following chart shows a more detailed breakdown of call numbers for specific topical areas. Geology books are shelved on the 3rd floor of Lockwood Library.

QE1 - QE49

Various Topics: study, teaching historical geology

QE50 - QE55

Catalogs & Collections

QE61 - QE350

Geological Surveys: by regions and countries

QE351 - QE399

Mineralogy, Precious Stones

QE420 - QE499

Petrology (Rocks): igneous, volcanic, sedimentary, metamorphic

QE500 - QE625

Dynamic & Structural Geology: geochemistry, geophysics, volcanoes, earthquakes, reefs, movements

QE640 - QE699

Stratigraphic Geology: Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic

QE701 - QE996

Paleontology, Paleozoology, Paleobotany

Other call numbers that might have importance for research in the geological sciences include the following.

GB3 - GB5030

Physical Geography: geomorphology, climatic geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, reefs, islands, mountains, other landforms

GB651 - GB2298

Hydrology: watersheds, runoff, drainage, groundwater, rivers, streams, lakes and limnology, ice and glaciers, hydrometerology, natural disasters

GC1 - GC1581

Oceanography: all aspects

GE1 - GE140

Environmental Sciences

GN281 - GN289

Human Evolution


Fossil--Man, Human Paleontology

QC851 - QC999

Meteorology, Climatology: all aspects

QD901 - QD999


TA630 - TA694

Engineering Geology, Rock and Soil Mechanics


Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering: includes harbors and coastal protective works, river and lake engineering

TD1 - TD1066

Environmental Technology: includes environmental protection, pollution, environmental effects of industries and plants, remediation techniques and technologies



Use the UB Libraries' Catalog to find books, maps, and other materials in the UB Libraries' collections, both in print and in electronic formats.

Searching the Catalog
  • Link to the Catalog via:
  • Search by author, title, or keywords.
  • Once you have a set of results, use the left-hand panel to refine your search, limiting to type of material (books, maps, conference proceedings, etc.), format (electronic versus print), date range, etc.
  • If a book is in print, a call number and library location will display. if the book is available online, click the title of the book and then from the next screen scroll down to where it says "Online" and click the hot-link there.


Determining the Availability of a Journal in Print and/or Online

Access to Geology journals can be available through print, e-only or both. To determine if we have a particular journal, you can search by title in the Libraries Catalog at by selecting the journal/serials tab, then set search type to “title begins with”

  • Example: The Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
  • Type: journal of volcanology
  • The results will show two entries:
    • Print journal available for the years 1976-2004 (shelved in the UB Libraries' Annex)
    • E-only journal available for the years 2005+ (via ScienceDirect)

E-Journals by Title

A quick way to see if we have a particular journal online is to use the Libraries' E-Journals Tool.

  • Link to the E-Journals Tool
  • Type in the name of the journal, for example, journal of geochemcial exploration
  • The results screen will indicate whther we have the journal online and the dates of coverage as well as provide a link to access the full text contents, as shown below for this example.
Journal of geochemical exploration Terms of Use
ISSN: 0375-6742
Journal Details
Peer Reviewed: Peer Reviewed
01/01/1995 to Present in


Bibliographic databases index items from a variety of sources including journals, magazines, conferences, books, association publications, and newspapers. Many databases offer full-text or partial full-text access to articles, abstracts, and citations. Some databases are very specialized while others are more broad based in terms of the subjects they cover.

Recommended Databases for the Geosciences

  • GeoRef
    Most comprehensive database in the geosciences, with coverage of journal articles, conference papers, dissertations, reports, and books in geology, geography, the environment, and related disciplines. More Info
  • Web of Science
    One-pass searching of Web of Science citation and core science indexes covering a vast amount of scientific and technical literature including journal articles, conference papers, and current patents. More Info
  • ScienceDirect
    Full-text of all Elsevier published journals. More Info
  • Annual Reviews
    Critical reviews of current research in earth and planetary sciences , environment and resources, marine science, and ecology, evolution, and systematics. More Info
    Full-text of the most important journals in the social sciences, humanities, general sciences as well as in the fields of mathematics, botany and ecology.
  • Nature Journals
    Access to many (not all) of the Nature titles, including the flagship journal Nature. In many cases, the full-text is available back to the first volume of each title. More Info
  • Academic Search Complete
    Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. More Info
  • Environment Complete
    Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine and freshwater science, geography, pollution and waste management, and environmental technology. More Info
  • Compendex+/Engineerging Village
    Covers over 2,600 publications (primarily journals and conferences) in all areas of engineering, including comprehensive coverage of the applied geosciences and geoengineering. More Info
  • SciFinder
    Covers the literature of chemistry and chemical engineering and technology, including geochemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials science. More Info


Delivery+ is the UB Libraries' free document delivery service. It allows you to request any materials from any UB library on any UB campus, including our electronic collections, as well as materials we do not own; we will locate and get the materials for you.

  • You can request a book that is on the shelf through the library catalog or through your Delivery+ account and it will be retrieved for you and held at the circulation desk of the library you designate for you to come in and check out.
  • Journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers will be scanned and sent to your Delivery+ account. If the item is in electronic format, we will simply save the file to your Delivery+ account. If we do not have the item in print or electronically, we will get it from another library as a scanned PDF and send it to your account. You will receive email notification email when the materials are available for you to login to your account and download.

Delivery+ link:


UB Libraries Map Collection

The UB Map Collection is the largest in Western New York. It contains over 450,000 maps, 6,000 aerial photos, and more than 500 atlases covering all regions of the world, with emphasis on Buffalo and Erie County, New York State, the United States, Canada, and the University at Buffalo campuses. For information on location, hours, and how to contact the Map Librarian for assistance, see the Map Collection website at:

ArcGIS Software

Access to ESRI GIS software is available to UB affiliates in the following ways:

  • All UB Affilates (including undergraduate students) are eligible to receive a free student edition copy of ArcGIS - One Year Education Use Only for their personal computers (available while attending UB). Go to 116 Lockwood Library to obtain a copy.
  • ArcGIS software is loaded on public workstations in Cybrary and other labs and may be accessed by students.

For more information, contact David J. Bertuca at


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