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General Earth Sciences

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Indexes will lead you to articles in journals and series and papers in conference proceedings, as well as technical reports.

  • Arctic & Antarctic Regions Includes Bibliography on cold regions science and technology, and the Antarctic bibliography, 1950 - present. Stanford Only.
  • Bibliography of the Grand Canyon and Lower Colorado River
  • Computer Articles Comp (1988+) indexes articles in over 200 computer-related journals. Updated weekly. It includes some abstracts, plus full-text of some articles. [from Melvyl].Stanford Only
  • CQ On Congress Includes full text of: Senate and House Bills, Congressional Record, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, Committee and Floor Schedules, and Member Profiles. Stanford Only.
  • Dissertation Abstracts, 1881+, with links to free Stanford Dissertations (1989) Stanford Only.
  • Dissertations, Stanford: (1989+) — full text PDF files Stanford Only.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Databases Stanford Only. Search, separately or combined, 13 files offering abstracts for the worldwide literature covering the environmental sciences including air, land, water and noise pollution, bacteriology, ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, environmental biotechnology and engineering, waste management, water resources, policies and regulations, and U.S. federal environmental impact statements. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 1500 scientific journals and thousands of other sources including conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP General index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. (1980+)
  • GEOREF via CSA's web-based interface [1755-present] Stanford only The American Geological Institute's geoscience database containing over 2.2 million records of North America since 1785 and other areas of the world since 1933. It is the equivalent of four major reference publications: Bibliography of North American Geology; Bibliography and index of Geology exclusive of North America; Geophysical abstracts; and, Bibliography and index of Geology. GeoRef Brief Guide.
  • Geoscience World Stanford only
  • Global Newsbank (1996+) Full text of selected articles from wire services, broadcasts, newspapers, and periodicals worldwide. Stanford Only.
  • Ingenta Stanford Only.
  • LexisNexis Academic Full-text news, business, and law resources. Stanford Only.
  • Newsbank NewsFile (1991+) Full-text news. Stanford Only.
  • NTIS Government Reports (1964+) Stanford Only.
  • SciSearch (1945+) Web version of Science Citation Index. Also available through ISI's Web of Science now part of Web of Knowledge. Note: Ports to ISI are limited. Please log out when done. Stanford Only.
  • Water Resources Abstracts Stanford Only. Includes abstracts of journal articles, monographs, reports and other publication formats on water resources as treated in the life, physical and social sciences and the related engineering and legal aspects of the characteristics, supply condition, conservation, control, use, or management of water resources.

Library Catalogs

SOCRATES — Use Stanford's Web-based Catalog to find the locations of books, journals, maps, data files, and technical reports.

Other Library catalogs including UC Berkeley and UT Austin.

If Stanford doesn't have the document (article, map, book, report) that you need, fill out the appropriate online form:

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks

Listed here are a selected few of the dictionaries and handbooks available in Branner and Swain libraries, designed to give you a flavor of the types of information available.

Full Text Materials

  • Stanford E-journals (tdnet)
  • Geoscience World Stanford Only. A resource that delivers electronic journal content of not-for-profit and independent earth science publishers along with access to GeoRef.  Currently includes 30 core journals from 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 the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
  • Maps
  • Stanford Theses (1989 - present) Stanford Only.

Data Resources Selected

Earthquake, geochemical, rainfall, streamflow, and other data sets of interest to earth scientists are enumerated on the relevant earth science subject pages. For any of the CD-Rom products, plan either to come into the library Mon-Friday 1-5 PM.

Note: For GIS Data sets see: Branner Library GIS Data Collection and Web Sites for Digital GIS Data.

Search SOCRATES — Stanford's Web-based Catalog for data sets on cd-roms or other media that can be checked out. For best results go to Socrates' expert screen: using an everything field, type "cd or compact or disk or disks or discs or disc or diskette?" AND the subject for which you want the data. For example for earthquakes you might search "earthquake or earthquakes or seismic or seismology" in another everything field. If you retrieve too much either use subject instead of everything OR add the place that you want, for example: subject California. To request additional data sets or help in locating information: send email to Stanford Community Members Only, Please

Weather Conditions


Directories, of course, lead you to people, institutions, agencies, addresses, phone numbers, etc.


These tools are a means of finding photographs, movies, slides or other multimedia items related to earth sciences topics. Check the specific subject pages for more listings.

Other Information Resources for General Information Sources

Guides to Internet Resources for General Earth Sciences Interest

Associations, Societies and Organizations

Government Agencies

Software Resources for the Earth Sciences

Web Pages for Universities and Institutions

Additional Stanford Sites of Interest

Back to Branner's homepage, or view other subject guides:

General Earth Sciences | Climatology and Meteorology | Earth Systems / The Environment | Earthquakes and Seismology | Environmental Geochemistry | Geochemistry - Mineralogy - Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology | Geomathematics and Geostatistics | Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics, & Structural Geology | Geophysics and Geodesy | Hydrogeology | Indexes to Journal Articles, Reports, Maps, Etc. | IPER | Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography | Ore Deposits | Petroleum Engineering | Paleontology - Petroleum Geology - Sedimentary Petrology - Stratigraphy | Soils | Selected Sites for Geoscientists | Writing in the Earth Sciences

Maintained by Branner Reference Staff

Author: Charlotte Derksen

Last modified: March 23, 2006

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