Franklin &  Marshall College Library

GEO 221: History of the Earth

Finding Books

Search the catalog to find out what books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns. Try searching for theses subjects: historical geology, geological time, earth-origin, geology, stratigraphic - precambrian, glacial epoch, earth - age, sequence startigraphy


Full access to more than 7100 articles, 115,000 definitions, 2,000 biographies, and research advances in science and technology. Updated daily.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Earth Science
Sci Ref QE26.2 .C35 1981

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Sci Ref QH541.15 .B56E53 2001

Encyclopedia of Earth System Science
Sci Ref QE5 .E514 1992

Encyclopedia of Evolution
Sci Ref QH360.2 .E54 2000

Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change
Sci Ref GE149 .E443 2002

Encyclopedia of the Biosphere
Sci Ref QH343. .B5613 2000

Encyclopedia of the Solid Earth Sciences
Sci Ref QE5 E517 1993

Glossary of Geology
Sci Ref GE5 .G38 1997

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences
Sci Ref QE5 .E5137 1996

Magill's survey of Science: Earth Science Series
Sci Ref QE28 .M33 1990

Sciences of the Earth: an Encyclopedia of Events, People, and Phenomena
Sci Ref QE11 .S38 1998

Indexes & Article Collections

Over 390,000 records from approximately 400 journals in Biological Abstracts. Coverage from 1999 - present. Updated monthly.

More than 500,000 records covering international literature on geology, geography, and ecology. Covers 1980 to present.

Nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences. Covers 1785 to the present (North America) and 1933 to the present (entire world).

GPO Monthly Catalog
Over 380,000 records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. Covers July 1976 to the present.

Web of Science (ISI)
The Institute of Scientific Information's premier citation databases in the physical, life, and social sciences. Search for articles that cite a known author or work or by standard search queries. Electronic version of Science Citation Index.Covers 1970 to the present.

Internet Resources

A. Search Engines/Portals
Web Geological Time Machine

Internet Resources for Geology

Geology Sites - W.H. Freeman Publishing

B. Criteria to consider when evaluating Web sites:
    1. Authority: Who is responsible for the content? Are they an expert on the topic? Does the author identify her/him/them-self?

    2. Objectivity: Why was the site created? Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? Is the site meant to persuade the reader?

    3. Content: What is presented? Is the content focused, or does it stray all over the place? Is the site appropriate for research/scholarly purposes? Is the design of the site more important than the content?

    4. Accuracy: Does the site feature a list of sources, or bibliography, or links to other similar sites? Are other authorities cited?

    5. Currency: Is the web site current? Is it currently being maintained? Is there indication of when it was last updated anywhere on the page?

* TIP: When using a web site for research, print a copy of the first page for verification. Web sites come and go easily!

Last updated: 3/24/04 ag, contact Dale Riordan for assistance, 291-3843