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Geology Research Guide

Books & Library Catalogs

The Library Catalog lists all of the books videos and CDs at the Cal Poly Humboldt University Library.  

A keyword search is usually the best way to begin.  When you find items of interest, check the catalog records for subject headings or other terms to modify your search.

You can borrow books from other libraries with our InterLibrary Loan service. For details about the ILL policies, view the ILL FAQ page.

Call Numbers: Library of Congress Classification

How do I find background information on my topic?

Reference Materials can provide you with background information, major theories or researchers, and definitions of key terms. Print and selected electronic reference materials are listed in the HSU Library Catalog and may be located by adding terms such as encyclopedia?, director?, dictionar?, etc. to your search.

You might also try searching for electronic and print reference materials by choosing Reference Collection (including Eref) from the pulldown"Limits To:" menu.Examples of reference materials appear below:


Dictionary of Earth Sciences (ref QE 5 D54 2008)
Earth Science (ref QE 28 E12 2001)
- 5 volume set
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - restricted to HSU faculty, students and staff
Encyclopedia of Earth System Science (ref QE 5 E514 1992) - 4 volume set
Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (ref QE 521 R58 2001)

Encyclopedia of Geology (ref QE 5 E516 2005) - 5 volume set
Encyclopedia of Paleontology (ref QE 703 E58 1999) - 2 volume set
Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science - restricted to HSU faculty, students and staff
Encyclopedia of Volcanoes(ref QE 522 E53 2000)
English-Spanish and Spanish-English Glossary of Geoscience Terms (ref QE 5 P76 1997)
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences (ref QE 5 E5137 1996) - 2 volume set
Oxford Companion to the Earth (ref QE 5 O94 2000)

Print Books at HSU

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How To Videos

The following short videos will show you how to accomplish some basic research tasks.

Call Numbers for Geology Books

Our Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to assign call numbers. In this system, the first two or three lines of a call number identify the subject of a book or other item.  The main call number used for Chemistry is QE.

GB 400-649  Geomorphology, landforms, and terrain
GB 651-2998  Hydrology/Water 
QC 801-809  Geophysics
QC 811-849  Geomagnetism
QE Geology
  • QE 1-350     General
  • QE 351-399  Mineralogy
  • QE 420-499  Petrology
  • QE 500-625  Dynamic/Structural geology
  • QE 521-545     Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • QE 601-613     Structural geology
  • QE 640-699  Stratigraphic geology
  • QE 701-760  Paleontology
  • QE 760-899  Paleozoology
  • QE 901-996  Paleobotany

E-Books Online

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You can also browse and search Ebrary. Here is a guide how to use ebrary.

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