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Earth Sciences (Dale Mabry): Books & More

Links and tips for your research.

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What's the library catalog? How do I use it?

*What it is - The Library Catalog is a big, broad database of materials owned by or available through the library.

*What it does - Takes your search terms - keywords - and returns a list of matching results - much like Google or shopping online.  

*What's in the results - Maybe one or more of the following:

  • Links to online items, such as:
    •  eBooks or individual chapters from them.
    • Articles from periodicals: newspapers, magazines, and peer-reviewed journals.
    • Academic streaming videos.
  • Lists of hardcopy books in the library - the subjects they cover and where to find them on the shelves.

To get started:

  1. Think about your topic and describe it in a sentence, as if you were talking to a friend; select just a few key terms and enter them in the Search box.

As you continue searching.

  1. Read over what you find and note additional key words and search terms to try.
  2. Try Advanced Search and the Narrow Results By options.
  3. More tips are below:


How books are arranged in the library

Academic libraries organize physical books using the Library of Congress Classification Outline.This is how you find a book in the library.

The  classification system produces a "call number" on each book - an alphabetical and numerical sequence which locates a specific book on the shelf. More about understanding Library of Congress call numbers.

This system clusters books together by topic. If you know the call number range for a particular topic you are resarching (even if you don't find exactly what you are looking for in the catalog) browsing the shelves can often lead you to other, similar books.

There are many areas where books on earth science topics can be found. Here are just a few:

  • Meteorology, Climatology, Including the earth's atmosphere: QC 851 - 999.
  • Climatology and weather: QC 980 - 999
  • Volcanoes and Earthquakes: QE 521 - 545.
  • Oceanography: GC 150 - 182.
  • Minerals:TN 263 - 271 (metallic) and TN 799.5 - 948 (non-metallic).

Books for use in the library only (Reference) are on the 2nd floor.

Books for checking out (Circulation) are on the 3rd floor—here is a floor plan you can download: 

Examples of Books You Can Check Out

Examples of eBooks You Can Read Online

You can find eBooks through the Dale Mabry Library Search. Under Material Type select Ebooks. ebooks can be accessed from anywhere. Some examples: