Classguide for GEOL 101, GEOL 104 & GEOL 106
For Geology, the key database will always be GeoRef. However, two other databases in particular are quite important. 1) AGU Digital Library: All journals and publications produced by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) are not indexed and/or searchable in GeoRef, so for topics concerning geophysics especially, it is important to search the AGU Digital Library database as well as GeoRef. 2) AAPG Datapages: All publications by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) ARE indexed and searchable in GeoRef. In fact, the full text to all AAPG publications are available in the AAPG Datapages database. The problem is that AAPG Datapages is not compatible with the linking software that generates the 'Find Text at TAMU' links and so any AAPG publications found in GeoRef searches will not link to the full-text articles in AAPG Datapages. So, the best approach is to cut and paste citations in GeoRef to any AAPG publications into a Word document, etc. and then find the full-text for them in AAPG Datapages.
GeoRef (Ei Village)
American Geological Institute's geoscience database that contains over 2.2 million records from North America since 1785, and other areas of the world since 1933. The database 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 the Bibliography and Index of Geology. Additional items come from special bibliographies produced from state surveys or societies, and annual subject and author indexes.
- AAPG Datapages
A petroleum geology database containing text and images from publications produced by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. These include the AAPG Bulletin, AAPG Special Publications and GCAGS transactions. (Books are added two years after their original publication.) Also includes abstracts of meeting papers from 1990 to the present.
AGU's Digital Library:
This database features all of the publications by the American Geophysical Union in full-text from the very first issue. The journals contained are:
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
Geophysical Research Letters
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
International Journal of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
Journal of Geophysical Research, including
Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics
Reviews of Geophysics
Water Resources Research
--AGU has never allowed these publications to be indexed in GeoRef, so don't miss searching this database.
For more databases, see my Geology & Geophysics Subject Guide at: