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This guide will help you begin your research in Geology through the library's collections and beyond.

Why Books?

Stratigraphy, Wukopi National Monument, Arizona. National Park Service

Books provide overviews and in-depth information. Scholarly books are peer reviewed and cite their sources--just like scholarly articles. Use scholarly books when you want authoritative content, depth and detail as well as background on a topic.

Scholarly books often take longer to publish than journal articles, so the information in books may not be "cutting edge."

Book (monograph) series are a core part of the geological literature. Professional societies and government agencies publish book series on a wide variety of subjects and regions.

Field trip guidebooks bring you the observations and detail you can't get anywhere else.

(Wukopi National Monument, Arizona. National Park Service.)

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Popular Book Series

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Field Trip Guidebooks

Field trip guidebooks introduce you to the geology of an area, highlighting specific geologic features. Most are created by experienced geologists and published by professional/scholarly organizations. You can identify field trip guidebooks by using the keywords "guidebook", "guide" or "field" along with the geographic area.

Examples of field trip guidebooks published by geological societies --