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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 Hydrogeology: Water Resources Abstracts (WRA) and Water Resources Scientific Information Center (WRSIC). From 1967 through 1993 Selected Water Resources (SWRA) was produced by USGS. In 1994, USGS cancelled production of SWRA, and it is now available on the internet as WRSIC. The SWRA was reborn at Cambridge Scientfic as Water Resources Abstracts (WRA), with a changed coverage, but with the old file intact.

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Water Resources Abstracts

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Summary: 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.

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

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Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Databases Stanford Only.

Publisher: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

Contents: 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. (Updated monthly. Over 76,000 records/year.)

  • Agricultural & Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts, 1993-present
  • ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution & Environmental Quality, 1990-present
  • Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B), 1982-present
  • Ecology Abstracts, 1982-present
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements, 1985-present
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts, 1990-present
  • Health & Safety Sciences Abstracts, 1981-present
  • Industrial & Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A), 1982-present
  • Pollution Abstracts, 1981-present
  • Risk Abstracts, 1990-present
  • Toxicology Abstracts, 1982-present
  • TOXLINE, 1991-present
  • Water Resources Abstracts, 1967-present

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

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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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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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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 just a few of the dictionaries and handbooks, 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)
  • Encyclopedia of applied geology: Branner Library Reference, QE501 .E56 V.13
  • English Language Dictionaries
  • Glossary of Geology: Branner Library Reference, QE5 .B38 1997
  • List of terms of hydrogeology, geochemistry, and geothermal of mineral and thermal waters: Branner Library Reference, GB1001.4 .L35 1984
  • Water Encyclopedia: Branner and Engineering Library Reference, TD351 .V36
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Data Resources Selected

WARNING: If you have not used any of the Hydrogeology CD-Rom products before, plan either to come into the library Mon-Friday 1-5 PM or email to branner@pangea for an appointment to learn how to use them. Stanford Only.

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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USGS Real-Time Water Date

Real-time hydrologic data are considered provisional, which imposes limitations on its use. Read U.S. Geological Survey Circular, 1123: Stream-Gaging Program of the U.S. Geological Survey before using this data. [Shelved at 550.6.U58c no.1123 in Branner Library.]

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Weather Conditions

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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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These tools are a means of finding photographs, movies, slides or other multi media items related to earth sciences topics.

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

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Other Information Resources for Earth Sciences

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Guides to the Internet for the Earth Sciences

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Associations, Societies and Organizations in Alphabetical Order

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Web Pages for 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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