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Earth Sciences Subject Guides:

Paleontology — Petroleum Geology — Sedimentary Petrology — Stratigraphy


Indexes will lead you to articles in journals and series and papers in conference proceedings, as well as technical reports. There are six indexes of major importance for Paleontology, Petroleum Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, and Stratigraphy .

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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 cderksen@marine 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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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.

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GEOLEX: Geologic Names Lexicon

GEOLEX is a search tool for lithologic and geochronologic unit names. It replaces the Stratigraphic Nomenclature Databases For The United States, Its Possessions And Territories or Lexicon.

Summary: Data compiled from published geologic literature of the U.S. Geological Survey and may be sorted by geographic name, stratigraphic rank, age, geologic province or region, state, author, and specified keywords. Information on more than 10,000 stratigraphic-unit names from the GNULEX database and 20,000 unit names from GEONAMES database are included.

For stratigraphic units not in the United States, consult the: Lexique Stratigraphique International at QE645.I57 in the Branner Library Reference section.

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National Geologic Map Database

The database indexes geologic, geophysical, geochemical, geochronologic, and paleontologic information. Listed are maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, some state geological surveys, and other institutions; coverage is primarily that of U.S. areas. Currently, the database covers primarily, the USGS thematic map series: Geologic Quadrangles, Folios, etc. USGS Open-file maps and state survey maps are in the process of being indexed.

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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 and Swain libraries, 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.

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International Geological Congress. Commission de stratigraphie. Lexique stratigraphique international or International Lexicon of Stratigraphic Names

Located in the Branner Library Reference collection: QE645.I57 1956 Library has:

  • v.1 Europe
  • v.2 U.R.S.S.
  • v.3 Asie
  • v.4 Afrique
  • v.5 Amerique du Sud
  • v.6 Oceanie
  • v.7 Amerique du Nord.
  • v.8 Termes stratigraphiques majeurs
A few scattered volumes of the second edition have been published. The United States volume is up-to-date and has been published as GEOLEX or GEONAMES (U.S. Geological Survey, 1996).
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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

USGS node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse--[information about the file]

Kansas Geological Survey Core Library Samples: [indexed by County, Stratigraphic Horizon, and Township-Range]

NGDC Marine Geology and Geophysics Data

PALYDISK — American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Data Exchange Also available for check out:

    Bibliography of living and fossil fungi: Z6033.P2 E4 1989

    Palynologic references to the Cenozoic of the Gulf Coast: Z6033.P2 E45 1989

    ASCII file bibliography of southwestern Quaternary palynology: Z6033.P2 A8 1988

Plant Fossil Record (International Organization for Palaeobotany Database includes descriptions and occurrences of many thousands of extinct plants, as well as modern genera with fossil species.

QUATERNARY DATAThe site contains links to the following databases:

    European Pollen Database.

    Global Pollen Database (GPD) The GPD contains pollen data from the Americas and northern Asia.

    University of Cambridge — Catalogue of pollen types This page introduces the list of pollen types that might be identifiable in mid- and late-Quaternary sediments of the British Isles.

    World Data Centre-A for Paleoclimatology.

    World Pollen Database The form on this page can be used to search the World Pollen Database.

World Data Center Paleoclimatology: Modern and Fossil Pollen Data

Weather Conditions

National Weather Service: San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey

The Daily Planet — Weather and Climate Info.

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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

Directory of Geoscience Organizations of the World

International Organization of Palaeobotany

InterRidge Researcher Electronic Directory

USGS Electronic Directory

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Field Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Museum of Paleontology, at the University of California-Berkeley.

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.

Russian Paleontological Institute

SEDIMENTARY PROVINCES OF THE WORLD: hydrocarbon productive and nonproductive CD-Rom mount on workstations C and D in Branner: get at circulation desk; digitzed reference map showing more than 700 sedimentary basins

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

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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. 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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See also other USGS Servers providing access to USGS publications

Other Information Resources for Paleontology, Petroleum Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, Stratigraphy

Guides to Internet Resources for Paleontology, Petroleum Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, Stratigraphy

Associations and Societies

Government Agencies

Software Resources

Universities and Institutions

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Guides to Internet Resources for Paleontology, Petroleum Geology, Sedimentary Petrology, Stratigraphy

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

Geology and Earth ScienceThis site lists links on Planets & Meteorites, Earthquakes, El Nino & La Nina, Floods, Hazards, Landslides, Maps, Minerals, Paleontology, Petroleum, and Volanoes

Links for Palaeobotanists

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Associations, Societies and Organizations


American Association of Petroleum Geologists - Pacific Section

American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists

American Geological Institute (AGI) and AGI Member Societies

American Quaternary Association

Association of Petroleum Engineers, Geologists & Geophysicists of Alberta [Contains links to other relevant Canadian information sources.]

Association for Women Geoscientists

British Micropalaeontological Society

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) webpage

Computer Oriented Geological Society (COGS) Webpage

Cushman Foundation

European Union of Geosciences (EUG)

Geological Association of Canada

Geological Society of America (GSA)

International Organization of Palaeobotany

National Petroleum Council (NPC)

Paleontological Society

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG)

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and SEPM sections

South Coast Geological Society

All Professional Societies

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Web Pages for Government Agencies

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

Atlantic Geoscience Centre

Australian Geological Survey Organization

BRGM [France]

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

California. Division of Mines and Geology

Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)

Geological Survey of Finland (GSF)

Geological Survey of Japan

Kansas Geological Survey and KGS Online Bibliography of Geology

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF Geosciences Unidata Integrated Earth Information

The Bureau of Economic Geology [Texas]

U.S. Department of Energy Fossil Energy Program


Search of USGS Web Sites

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

STRATA: A Basin Modeling Tool

Terra Nova column GeoLogic

USGS Global Change Research Program Software tools and utilities

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Web Pages for Universities and Institutions

Brown University Geological Sciences Department

Cornell University Geological Science Department

Florida State University Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute

Institution of Oceanography[Scripps]

National Academy of Sciences

Ocean Drilling Program.

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

Pennsylvania State University. College of Earth & Mineral Sciences.

Princeton Geological and Geophysical 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 California at Santa Barbara Geological Sciences

University of Illinois Department of Geology

University of Oklahoma College of Geosciences

University of Tulsa

University of Wyoming Institute for Energy Research

Yale Department of Geology and Geophysics

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

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Additional Stanford Sites of Interest

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

Stanford School of Earth Sciences

Stanford Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

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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

Author: Charlotte Derksen,

Last modified: March 23, 2006

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