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Earth Sciences Subject Guides:

Geophysics and Geodesy


Indexes will lead you to articles in journals and series and papers in conference proceedings, as well as technical reports. There are 2 indexes of major importance for Geophysics.

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Other Indexes of Interest

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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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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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Petroleum Abstracts

The last 10 years are available. Stanford Only. Select the Clients Click Here button.

Summary: Subjects covered include: Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Drilling, Reservoir Engineering & Recovery Methods, Well Logging from the worldwide literature on upstream petroleum operations. Included are conference proceedings, journal articles, government reports, books and patent filings. Paper index available in Branner library covers 1964-present. A guide to search commands is available.

Publications Index The cumulative index of SEG, EAEG, ASEG and CSEG Publications, 1936-present

Summary: provides access to the Digital Cumulative Index of publications of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists (EAEG, the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) and the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG). The database contains 18,800 entries, and covers the time period 1936-present. Full-text searching is only available with SEG's GEOROM product, which has full papers from Geophysics.

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SPE OIL: On-Line Information Library

See Branner Reference staff for NEW account and password information. Stanford Members only

The full text of more than 40,000 technical papers submitted to the Society of Petroleum Engineers 1951-present is available. The collection includes meeting papers, and unsolicited papers, as well as many of those published in the Journal of petroleum technology (JPT) and other peer-reviewed SPE journals. Indexing is provided.

Stanford ONLY

Branner Library maintains a full print subscription to all of the peer-reviewed SPE journals and annual conference as well. A microfiche set of the papers (1951-1995) is also available in Branner Library.

All SPE Members may access OIL's index and order papers using their own member number.

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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

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.

  • Britannica Online (Stanford only)
  • AGI (Association of Geographic Information) GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Dictionary, revised ed. - includes definitions for 980 terms "which either relate directly to GIS or which GIS users may come across in the course of their work." University of Edinburgh
  • Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences and astrogeology: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.2
  • Encyclopedia of planetary sciences: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.18 + CD-Rom
  • Encyclopedia of solid earth geophysics: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.16
  • Encyclopedia of structural geology and plate tectonics: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.10
  • English Language Dictionaries
  • Glossary of Geology: Branner Library Reference, QE5 .B38 1997
  • Handbook of physical constants Branner Library Reference, 550.6 .G345m no.97. List of data included
  • Handbuch der physik Branner Library Reference, QC21 .H327. Geophysics Sections
  • (Landolt-Bornstein Numerical Data & Functional Relationships in Science & Technology, New ser.) Branner Library Reference, QC61 .L332 GROUP 5. Physical properties of rocks; and Geophysics of the solid earth, the moon and the planets.

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.

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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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Weather Conditions

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

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

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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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Marine Geology & Geophysics Images

Images available for downloading include: Crustal Ages of the World Ocean draped on relief map, GEOSAT Image of the Southern Ocean, and Sediment Thickness of the Oceans.

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Other Information Resources for Geophysics

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Guides to Internet Resources for Geophysics

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Associations, Societies and Organizations

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Government Agencies

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Software Resources for the Earth Sciences

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Web Pages for Universities and Institutions

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Additional Stanford Sites of Interest

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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. | 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

Compiler: Charlotte Derksen

Last modified: March 23, 2006

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