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Earth Sciences Subject Guides:

Geochemistry--Mineralogy--Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology


Indexes will lead you to articles in journals and series and papers in conference proceedings, as well as technical reports. There are 5 indexes of major importance for Geochemistry — Mineralogy — Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology .

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GEOREF, The Bibliography and index of Geology, (via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts' web-based interface) [1755-present] Stanford only

1785 - Present. Summary: 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. Help is available at the site.

Endnote users: there is a filter for importing records from CSA's version of GeoRef, available from Endnote. None of the CSA provided files are yet searchable using EndNote's Z39.50 capability.

The GeoRef Preview Database consists of references to recent geoscience publications. Caution: This data is in process for inclusion in GEOREF. It may not yet have been indexed, been given a translated title, or been checked by a GEOREF editor when you see it. Each weekend, completed references are removed from the Preview database and transferred to GeoRef, new references are added, and changes are made in the remaining data. Two views of the database are available: Subject and Journal. A word search is also provided. The word search includes all words in the reference, the abstract, if any, and index terms, if the reference has already been indexed.

The GeoRef In Process database or GRIP file is now available from CSA only. Stanford Only. GRIP consists of references to documents published before 1995. The references are from databases and print bibliographies produced by surveys or institutions in: Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia or Spain. These In-Process Records are being edited and indexed, and on completion, will be transferred out of GeoRef in Process, into GeoRef.

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NOAA & MMS Marine Minerals Bibliography & Geochemical Database

From 1983 through 1992, the National Geophysical Data Center compiled a comprehensive, computerized bibliography and geochemical database on offshore marine mineral deposits as a cooperative effort with the Ocean Minerals and Energy Division of the National Ocean Service of NOAA, and the Office of International Activities and Marine Minerals (INTERMAR) of the Minerals Management Service. Additions to the bibliography and database stopped in 1991. The NOAA & MMS Marine Minerals CD-ROM Data Set, contains the entire NGDC Marine Minerals Bibliography and Geochemical Database and several data files compiled by other organizations. The bibliography and two geochemical databases are searchable on-line on NGDC's web server. The entire CD-ROM data set is available at the Branner Library reserve desk.

The NGDC Marine Minerals Bibliography includes references to present-day marine deposits of ferromanganese nodules and crusts, placers/heavy minerals, phosphorites, and polymetallic sulfides. The final bibliography contains citations from 1831 through 1990. Information in the file includes author, title, publication/serial title, date of publication, language, etc., as well as several key word categories including geographic area and type of study conducted. Key words also include the names of each mineral and each element mentioned in the article.

The NGDC Marine Minerals Geochemical Database contains chemical analyses and auxiliary information on present-day marine deposits of primarily ferromanganese nodules and crusts but also contains some data for heavy minerals.

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Ford-Fleischer file of mineralogical references

File in the Branner Library USGS open-file microfiche collection: 550.6.U58o.

Summary: A complete list of references to minerals in the literature from 1916 to 1988: W.E. Ford began the file in 1916 with the intent that it should include abstracts of every paper that contains significant data on the physical and chemical properties of minerals. After Ford's death in 1939, M. Fleischer continued the file. The coverage is of course not quite as comprehensive as its aim, especially as the volume of publication has increased in recent years. During the Ford years, journals covered included: Mineral. Mag.; Am. Mineral.; Canadian Mineral.; Bull. Soc. Franc. Mineral. Crist. (now Bull Mineral.); A. Kristallogr.; Tschermaks Mineral. Petrogr. Mitt.; Periodico Mineral.; Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Montash.; Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Beil.-Bd. (now Abh.); Mineral. Abstr.; Neues Jahrb. Mineral. Ref. (later Zentralbl. Mineral.); and A. Kristallogr. abstracts. Since 1939, in addition to the preceding journals, Chemical Abstacts and Mineralogical Abstracts have been consulted. And since 1980, additional journals consulted have included Contrib. Mineral. Petrol.; Chem Geol.; J. Petrol.; and Lithos, among others. Through 1977 (OFR 81-1169), 1979-1981 (OFR 81-1174), 1981-1982 (OFR 83-0615), 1983-1988 (OFR 88-0689).

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Geobase (1980 - present) covers the worldwide literature on geography, geology, ecology, their related disciplines. In particular, coverage includes: climatology, landforms, mineralogy, photogrammetry, remote sensing and tectonics. It is the online version of Geographical Abstracts.

Geoarchive (1974 - present) is a British geoscience database, covering geology, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, stratigraphy, mathematical geology, planetology, oceanology, and engineering geology. Particular emphasis is given to economic geology, hydrology, water resources, environment, and conservation. Coverage is considered worldwide.

Pascal (1973 - present) is a multidisciplinary database produced by the CNRS (France). It covers all aspects of the earth sciences, as well as biology, chemistry, civil engineering energy, and physics.

These databases are available at cost from Dialog. Request a database search as needed; send email to Julie Sweetkind-Singer (Stanford Only).

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Publications Of The USGS

An index to the formal Publications of The USGS: Bulletins, Professional Papers, Circulars, Water-Supply Papers, and Thematic Maps is available; this index includes access only by title words. For author index or for a more comprehensive index of USGS publications, including Open-file reports and Water Resources Investigations, use GEOREF, or the Search Publications of the USGS. Both of these databases (GeoRef and Pubs of the USGS) contain references to USGS publications issued 1880-2000; 213 references to reports of the Hayden, King, Powell, and Wheeler surveys; 15,227 references to non-Survey publications by Survey authors which appeared in GEOREF from 1983 to Feb. 1989. Coverage of Open-File reports before 1971 is incomplete. For some Bulletins, Professional papers, and Open-File reports which have chapters, there are separate references for each chapter. Many USGS publications are also listed by author and title in SOCRATES, Stanford's Web-based Catalog .

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Library Catalogs

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

If you can't find what you need in SOCRATES, check other Library catalogs or send a question to (Stanford only) to Branner Reference staff: at

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

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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, Atlases

Listed here are a selected few of the dictionaries and handbooks available in Branner Library, designed to give you a flavor of the types of information available. Either come in and browse the shelves or browse Socrates if you can't find the information you need in one of these.

  • BEILSTEIN Handbook of Organic Chemistry; 1779 to the present. May include more than 350 chemical and physical data fields of critically evaluated data for any of the 6 million compounds covered. Stanford only.
    Beilstein Dictionary - for users of the Beilstein Handbook of Organic Chemistry
  • Britannica Online (Stanford only)
  • Combined Chemical Dictionary
  • (Deer, Howie, and Zussman) Rock-forming minerals: Branner Library Reference collection, QE364.2.RD45 1978 (2nd edition) v. 1A. Orthosilicates — v. 1B. Disilicates and ring silicates — v. 2A. Single-chain silicates — v.2B. Double-chain silicates — v. 5B. Non-silicates: sulphates, carbonates, phosphates, halides
  • Encyclopedia of geochemistry: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.21
  • Encyclopedia of igneous and metamorphic petrology: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.17
  • Encyclopedia of mineralogy: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.4B

  • English Language Dictionaries
  • Equilibrium activity diagrams: for coexisting minerals and aqueous solutions at pressures and temperatures to 5 KB and 6000C: Branner Library Reference, QD503 .B68 1984
  • Fundamental physical constants
  • Geochemical Reference Materials [USGS] Element concentration for rock types.
  • Glossary of Geology: Branner Library Reference, QE5 .B38 1997
  • Gmelin Handbook of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry 1772 to the present. Includes ceramics, glasses, minerals. May include more than 800 chemical and physical data fields of critically evaluated properties for any compound.
  • Handbook of geochemistry: Branner Library Lock Stacks, QE515 .W42. Chapter listing
  • Handbook of mineralogy Branner Library Reference, QE366.8 .H36 1990
  • Handbook of physical constants Branner Library Reference, 550.6 .G345m no.97. List of data included
  • Lexicon of Clay Minerals
    Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks

  • International tables for crystallography: Branner and Swain Library Reference, QD908 .I56 1995
  • Landolt-Bornstein: Elastische, piezoelektrische, piezooptische und elektrooptische Konstanten von Kristallen.Branner Library Reference, QC61 .L332 GROUP 3. Crystallography
  • List of terms of hydrogeology, geochemistry, and geothermal of mineral and thermal waters: Branner Library Reference, GB1001.4 .L35 1984
  • Mineral physics & crystallography: Branner Library Reference, QE366.8 .M55 1995
  • MINERAL--THE CSIRO/ALEPH Mineralogical Database (Nickel and Nichols): Branner Library: Workstations C & D
  • Periodic Tables of Elements
  • Volcanoes of the World: Gazetteer of Volcano Names, Synonyms, and Subfeatures Paper copy: Branner Reference, QE522 .V92 1994

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks

Full Text Materials Note: some titles may be restricted to use by the Stanford community only.

For more complete listings: search SOCRATES - Stanford's Web-based Catalog for the availability of journals, maps or other items. Display the full record to obtain the URL, determine number of accessible volumes, or confirm access restrictions, if any. See also the Electronic Journals Library which is freely available to all.

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Full text Earth Sciences Monographs: Books, Government Documents, Series Volumes, Technical Reports, Theses Selected

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Data Resources Selected

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

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

Association of American State Geologists. AASG Directory of State Geological Surveys

InterRidge Researcher Electronic Directory

USGS Electronic Directory

World Organization of Volcano Observatories

World Database of Crystallographers, 9th ed.

World Directory of Mineralogists.(International Mineralogical Association) Located in Branner Reference Collection: QE361.A115 1985

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These tools are a means of finding photographs, movies or slides on geophysics topics.

The Electronic Volcano: Images of Volcanoes

Geodynamics Database CD-ROM mounted on C and workstation in Branner; get from Reference. File information

Geologic Hazard Photos CD-ROM mounted on C and workstation in Branner; get from Circulation. V.1 Earthquakes, V.2 Volcanoes

Photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library: earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic hazards, and other phenomena. CD-Rom mount on workstations C and D in Branner; get at circulation desk; may be checked out also.

University of Wisconsin — Madison Geology Museum [dinosaurs and other fossils, plus mineral and fluorescent rocks]

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Geodynamics Database-Windows

Multimedia Geodynamics Database. CD-ROM mounted on the C workstation in Branner Library, OBTAIN FROM THE REFERENCE DESK IN BRANNER.

Summary: A Multimedia Database of information on 1,508 volcanoes and 89,094 earthquakes worldwide. Program permits plotting earthquake and volcano sites on maps of user's choice, including full color topographic world maps (5 min.) and U.S. (30 second). Coastlines can be drawn in high resolution and national borders may be included. Data available for each volcano and earthquake may be displayed and cross sections of earthquake foci between any two points on a Mercator map may be drawn. Includes archive of 143 visuals covering 6 topics. Supports searching, display, transport, and printing.

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Geologic Hazard Photos

CD-ROM mounted on the C workstation in Branner Library, OBTAIN FROM THE CIRCULATION DESK IN BRANNER.

Contents: v. 1. Earthquakes — v. 2. Volcanoes and other phenomena.

Photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library: earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic hazards, and other phenomena

CD-ROM mounted on the C workstation in Branner Library, OBTAIN FROM THE CIRCULATION DESK IN BRANNER. This Data set can also be checked out for use in the lab or office.

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Other Information Resources for Geochemistry — Mineralogy — Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology

Guides to Internet Resources for Geochemistry — Mineralogy — Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology

Associations and Societies

Government Agencies

Software Resources

Universities and Institutions

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Guides to Internet Resources for Geochemistry — Mineralogy — Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology

Earth/Geoscience Information on the WWW — Illinois State Geological Survey, Contains links to society, survey, and other sites of interest.


Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web: Lists links to geological surveys, laboratories, mineral collecting sites, professional societies, research groups, and other sites of interest mineralogists or petrologists.[Andrea Koziol]

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Associations, Societies and Organizations

American Crystallographic Association

American Geological Institute (AGI) and AGI Member Societies

American Geophysical Union

Applied Spectroscopy Society

Association for Women Geoscientists

Clay Minerals Society

Computer Oriented Geological Society (COGS) Webpage

European Union of Geosciences (EUG)

Geochemical Society

Geological Society of America (GSA)

International Union of Crystallography

Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC)

Japanese Association of Mineralogists, Petrologists, and Economic Geologists Needs up to-date browser

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

The Mineralogical Society

Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS)

Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology

All Professional Societies

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Government Agencies

Association of American State Geologists Sites and directories of state surveys.

Australian Geological Survey Organization

BRGM [France]

British Geological Survey and British Geological Survey Lexicon of Named Rock Units

California. Division of Mines and Geology

EOS Volcanology[NASA]

Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

Geological Survey of Finland (GSF)

Lawrence Livermore Laboratories Earth Science Division

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF Geosciences Unidata Integrated Earth Information

NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (formerly US Bureau of Mines)

The Bureau of Economic Geology [Texas]


World Data Center System

Illinois State Geological Survey — Library and Public Information's Guide to Geological Surveys & Natural Resources Departments

UC Berkeley Library's Guide to Geological Surveys & Natural Resources Departments

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Software Resources for the Earth Sciences

Computer Oriented Geological Society (COGS)Summary: site for all types of earth sciences shareware products.

The SOFT EARTH — a Tour of the Web for Geoscientists - Software and Software Sites

Software and Data for Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibrium Calculations in Geology

Terra Nova column GeoLogic

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Web Pages for Universities and Institutions

Brown University Geological Sciences Department

California Institute of Technology Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

Colorado School of Mines.

Cornell University Geological Science Department

The Electronic Volcano


Michigan State University

Oxford University Department of Earth Sciences Note:Links to other UK University web pages included.

Pennsylvania State University. College of Earth & Mineral Sciences.

University of Arizona Geosciences

University of British Columbia Earth and Ocean Sciences

University of Calgary Department of Geology and Geophysics

University of California at Davis Department of Geology

University of California at Los Angeles Department of Earth and Space Sciences

University of Illinois Department of Geology

University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics

[Comprehensive] List of Geology Departments & Schools or Universities for Earth Sciences

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Additional Stanford Sites of Interest

Reserves for most Stanford Libraries (excluding Lane, Jackson, & SLAC)

Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SUL/AIR) Home Page

SUL/AIR Collections [available in Electronic Form]

Stanford School of Earth Sciences

Stanford Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Electronic Material Safety Data Sheets Three files available: MDL, Sigma-Aldrich, and Canadian Center for Occupation and Health Stanford Only.

Stanford University Environmental Health and Safety Web Applications Page

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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. | 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

Compiler: Charlotte Derksen,

Last modified: March 23, 2006

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