GEOL Subject Gateway

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Cook OneSearch more information

Cook Onesearch can be useful for both searching for a known article as well as on a topic. Keep in mind, the database is HUGE and sometimes can be overwhelming for topic searching. Use the limit features on the left side of the results page to refine your search.

USGS Science: Maryland more information

U.S. Geological Survey page to its scientific endeavors, including news, geologic maps, biology, mineralogy, hydrology and natural hazards, focused upon the state of Maryland.

Science Accelerator more information

From the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), Science Accelerator searches a variety of scientific and technical information, chiefly Department of Energy.

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ScienceDirect more information

This is the premier database of journals from Elsevier Press, a leading science publisher.  It publishes across many scientific disciplines, including astronomy, earth and planetary science and physics.

SpringerLink more information

The library subscribes to the full-text of the complete collection of journals available from SpringerLink, totalling over 2000 journals.

GeoRef (EBSCO) more information
Contains citations to nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences.
GEOBASE more information
An indexing and abstracting database that covers worldwide literature on geography, geology, ecology, and related disciplines.
IngentaConnect more information

Provides access to 11 million citations from over 20,000 scholarly journals.

USGS Science Education more information

Articles and educational resources from preschool up to university level.

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Towson University Catalog more information

Use this resource to search the TU collection of books and reference sources.

USMAI Catalog more information

This is the catalog for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, of which Cook Library's catalog is only a part.  It is a comprehensive catalog of holdings at libraries which are members of the system, and allows Towson students and faculty to tranfer books held by other institutions to Cook Library (usually within three to five business days).  Journal articles need to be ordered from Interlibrary Loan; audio visual materials have to be viewed in the library that owns them.  A growing number of resources, such as electronic books and electronic government publications, can acquired directly from a link in this catalog.  Use the Advanced Search feature to limit to electronic publications.

Dissertations and Theses: Global (ProQuest) more information

A global collection of dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day. Full text for most dissertations added since 1997. It contains a significant number of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.

eBook Collection (EBSCO) more information

Provides a collection of over 4,560 electronic books, including reference books.

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USGS Publications Warehouse more information

The United States Geological Survey provides reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.  Its Publications Warehouse provides full text electronic publications of scientific research, mapping, inventories, bulletins, circulars, and monographs, some going back to the late 19th century.

USGS Libraries more information

Established in 1879 to build and organize a collection of scientific materials in the earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey Library is now the largest library for earth sciences in the world. The Libraries Program includes four central libraries and is part of Core Science Systems within the USGS, with many links to Geological Survey resources.

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Encyclopedia of the Earth more information

An electronic encyclopedia about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and other experts, and is written in non-technical language.

Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics more information

Overview of terms and theories in scientific measurment and statistics.

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods more information

"The purpose of the ESRM is to fill that gap by being comprehensive in its coverage of the field, although not exhaustive in its explanation of any one topic. By providing more than 600 entries about important topics across the entirety of survey methodology, the encyclopedia serves as a “first place” to turn for those who need to learn about an aspect of survey methodology."

Geology Degrees more information

Searchable database of geology programs in the United States, by level and specialty, along with periodic blog postings of news for geology students.

Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods more information

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods presents current and complete information, as well as ready-to-use techniques, facts, and examples from the field of qualitative research in a very accessible style.

Geographic Names Information System more information

The official source, from the United States Geological Survey, of official and standard place names in the United States of American and related territories.  Includes over two million locations, including schools, roads, churches, landmarks and other features, complete with locations and attributes that simplify the creation of GIS shapefiles.

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National Geologic Map Database more information

Catalog and images of over 90,000 geologic maps from around the world.

National Map Viewer more information

The U.S. Geological Survey's portal to topographic and geologic maps. Users can create and download custom maps to their own specifications.

EROS Science Center more information

Imagery, maps, publications and remote sensing data on all aspects of earth science.

NASA Earth Observatory more information

Publications and imagery of earth's climate and environment.

Earth Science World Image Bank more information

Thousands of geoscience photos and images on a variety of earth science topics.

Groundwater Atlas of the United States more information

Atlas of major aquifers in the United States.

USGS Topographic Map Explorer more information

Partnership between ESRI Corporation and the U.S. Geological Survey, drawing on decades of topographical mapping. Search for locations and browse for multiple editions of topographic maps.

EnviroMapper (U.S. EPA) more information

Provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States

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USGS Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center more information

Research center for environmental change, evolution of landscapes, and climate variation in a geological framework.

USGS Geology Research & Information more information

A web site of resources and publications to address major societal issues that involve geologic hazards and disasters, climate variability and change, energy and mineral resources, ecosystem and human health, and ground-water availability, the geological landscape and fundamental geochemical and geophysical data

Columbia Earthscape more information

An online resource for the global environment

Athena Mineralogy more information

Here are mineral lists (IMA approved mineral names and varieties names) sorted either alphabetically or arranged systematically. As in every science, mineralogy is changing: new analysis often modify formulas and other datas; new minerals are discovered; others are discredited. So, consider these lists as dynamic and subject to change and error

GeologyLink more information

A public forum for all matters geological, open to students, university instructors, professional geologists, and anyone else who seeks insight into the world’s daily geological rumblings.

GEOL Subject Gateway / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: January 09, 2015