How to Find Library Resources forSedimentology and Stratigraphy
Steps for Finding Information on Your Topic
Journals for Sedimentary Geology; Sedimentology; Sedimentary Petrology
Tools for Finding Articles
Full Text Electronic Journals
Locations of Print Journals in the Geology Library
Print Journals in the Geology Library
Or...use the vertical file inside the Geology Library next to the door.
Tools for Finding Books and Documents
UIUC Online Library Catalog (Web)
Index of USGS Online Publications (Central Region) - Includes links to Bulletins, Circulars, Fact Sheets, Open File Reports, Professional Papers, and more.
USGS Publications Warehouse - many with links to full text; searchable
ProQuest Digital Dissertations
Field Trip Guidebooks, North America - searchable index
Borrow Material not Owned by UIUC
I-Share: Get material from one of the other Illinois Libraries
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service
Style & Writing Guides and Writing Tools
Use Journal of Sedimentary Research [v.66 (1996)
to date: 552.05 JOU2. For earlier volumes: 552.05JOU1A and
Journal of Sedimentary Research Guidelines for Authors
also: Journal of Sedimentary Research Guidelines for Authors
Example from class: Wilson, M.E.J., 2005, Development of equatorial delta-front patch reefs during the Neogene, Borneo: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 75, p. 114-133 (look at references)
GSA Style Guide (for comparison)
RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager
Don't forget to give full references for figures! If you redraw a figure, you still need to restate where the original came from by using something like "Redrawn from Smith, 2003, p. 3", or whatever form the editor of the journal requires.
It is even more important to give full reference information for figures because it is next to impossible to find the original figure without it...much more difficult than finding an article with partial information.
Glossary of geology, 5th ed., 2005 [Geology Ref: 550.3 Am3gl2005] in the Geology Library Reading Room
Sedimentographica: A Photographic Atlas of Sedimentary Structures [On Reserve Geology Q. 552.5 R35S1995...ask for Lucchi]
Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Colour Guide (Dorrik A.V. Stow) [On Reserve Geology 552.5 ST77s...ask for Stow]
Sequence in Layered Rocks; A Study of Features and Structures Useful for Determining Top and Bottom or Order of Succession in Bedded and Tabular Rock Bodies, by Shrock, R.R (1948) [Geology 552 Sh8s]
Encyclopedia of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks (2003) [Geology Reference [non-circulating]
Q. 552.503 En192]
The Encyclopedia of Sedimentology (1978) [Geology Reference [non-circulating] 551.303 EN19]
Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 95 [Geology Ref 557 Il6b no. 95]
Pleistocene Stratigraphy of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 94 [Geology Ref 557 Il6b no. 94]
Online Reference Collection
Other print reference resources are available in the Reference Section (Reading Room) of the Geology Library.
Find Geological Maps
National Geologic Map Database
Other Web Resources
Tips for Presentations
When Presentations Go Bad (part 1) - GSA Today
When Presentations Go Bad (part 2) - GSA Today
Hints for giving talks and oral presentations - British Geomorphological Research Group
Tips on Talks or ... How to Keep an Audience Attentive, Alert and Around for the Conclusions at a Scientific Meeting (AAPG)
How to Give a Speech - Henry H. Fisher
Resources for Scientific Presentations...
Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk
Step 1. Select and narrow your topic.
A common mistake made by college students is the failure to sufficiently narrow the topic of the paper. For example "Marine Facies" might be a good place to start, but needs to be narrowed.
Another common mistake is to narrow the topic to the point that not enough material is available.
One strategy would be to search "marine facies", look at the material available, and then narrow the topic based on ideas gained from the original search.
Step 2. Choose your search terms.
Think of synonyms. You will add to your list as you search and evaluate your search results. Example:
|raccoon creek group||AND||diagenesis||AND||cataract lake|
Step 3. Define your search strategy.
Your search strategy will partly depend on the search engine you use. One database may be available from a number of different vendors, each with its own search engine. For example, the GeoRef database is available from Silver Platter, Ovid, DIALOG, CSA and other vendors, each having a unique search engine. Search engines are not yet standardized, and each will handle elements such as search operators (combining terms), truncation, and so forth differently. Consult the help functions for each search engine to ensure that you obtain the correct results.
(mansfield formation or raccoon creek group) and (stratigraph* or deposition* or diagenesis) and (indiana or cagle* mill or cataract lake)
This search could be conducted in steps. For example:
Your search strategy may also depend partly on the type of information needed. A knowledge of the Research and Publication Process is helpful in determining where the needed information may be "hiding".
Step 4. Choose your database
- Indexes geological information published from 1700's to present; includes government documents.
- Boolean: and, or, not
- Truncation: *
- Nesting: is used
- Fields: "in ti de ab"
- For help in using GeoRef via CSA, try this tutorial, or consult the "help and support" link on the GeoRef search screen.
Many other databases are available: Take a look at these lists.
Step 5. Conduct your search
Step 6. Evaluate search results, note additional terms and unwanted terms.
Step 7. Refine search and re-do.
Step 8. Find out whether UIUC has the material; if not, use Interlibrary Loan (IRRC).
To find out whether UIUC has a particular book, use the online catalog.
If UIUC doesn't have what you need, and it isn't available full text on the Web, use the online catalog to find out if one of the other Illinois Libraries has it. You can directly request circulating material held at these institutions without going through the Interlibrary Borrowing Office.
If none of the Illinois Libraries have the material, use Interlibrary Loan.
Make sure you leave plenty of time to receive material through Interlibrary Loan!
For help, contact me by phone (333-2676) or e-mail (luraj @ uiuc .edu).
Journal of Sedimentary Research (Sedimentary Petrology
and Processes) – Online and Print
Publishes the most recent advances in basic research in the study of sediments. More
Newsletters On Stratigraphy - Online and Print
Sedimentary Geology - Online and Print
In scope, the journal encompasses all aspects of research into sediments and sedimentary rocks at all spatial and temporal scales. More http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/503361/description#description
Sedimentology – Online and Print
Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation - Online.
"Comprehensive coverage of the fundamental and applied aspects of stratigraphy and the correlation of geological events and processes in time and space". More
AAPG Bulletin (AAPG) - Online and print [553.2806
"The AAPG Bulletin is designed for the dissemination of information on the geology and associated technology of petroleum, natural gas, and other energy mineral resources." Published monthly. Peer reviewed.
American Journal of Science - Print [505 AJ]
"The American Journal of Science, founded in 1818 by Benjamin Silliman, is the oldest scientific journal in the United States that has been published continuously. The Journal is devoted to geology and related sciences and publishes articles from around the world presenting results of major research from all earth sciences."
Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science - Online and print [550 AN7]
"Because Annual Review chapters examine entire subfields in depth, they are written by experienced researchers upon invitation from one of our Editorial Committees." "Annual Reviews publications are and have been among the most highly cited in scientific literature."
Basin Research – Online and Print
Beiträge zur Mineralogie und Petrologie (¬Contributions to mineralogy and petrology) – Online and Print
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Elsevier) -
Online and print [550.5 EAP]
Earth and Planetary Science Letters "... covers research into all aspects of lunar studies, plate tectonics, ocean floor spreading, and continental drift, as well as basic studies of the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the Earth's crust and mantle, the atmosphere and the hydrosphere." Published semimonthly. Peer reviewed.
Earth Science Reviews (Elsevier) - Online and print [550.5 EAR]
"Earth-Science Reviews aims to familiarize all earth-scientists with recent advances in their field of science. Covering a much wider field than the usual specialist journals, it allows the reader to see his particular interest related to the earth sciences as a whole." "The international geological journal bridging the gap between research articles and textbooks". Four issues per year. Separate managing editors for each of 11 areas, two of which are Geotectonics and Geophysics. Peer reviewed.
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Geological Journal (Wiley) - Online and print [550.5 LIV]
Geological Journal is an interdisciplinary journal "...promoting interest in all branches of the Geological Sciences, through publication of original research papers and review articles. The journal has a particular interest in publishing papers on regional case studies...which have conclusions of general interest."
Geology (GSA) - Online and print [550.5 GEO0)
"Geology publishes timely, innovative, and provocative articles relevant to its international audience, representing research from all fields of the geosciences." Published monthly. Peer reviewed.
GSA Bulletin (GSA) - Online and print [550.6 GE]
"The Geological Society of America Bulletin is a leading international journal for major scholarly research in all branches of the earth sciences." Published monthly. Peer reviewed.
International Journal of Earth Sciences (Springer) - print [550.5 GEOR1]
"International Journal of Earth Sciences....publishes process-oriented original and review papers on the history of the earth, including...Dynamics of the lithosphere....Tectonics and volcanology..." Six issues will appear in 2003. Peer review not mentioned.
Journal of Geology (University of Chicago Press) - Online and print [550.5 JG]
"The Journal of Geology publishes original contributions dealing with any aspect of geology including space science. Contributions should have a wide appeal to geologists, present new concepts, and/or derive new geological insights through the use of new approaches and methods". Published bimonthly. Peer reviewed.
Journal of the Geological Society (Geological Society of London) - Online and print [550.6 GL]
"Papers on major topics of international interest in any of the Earth sciences are welcomed". Published bimonthly. Peer reviewed.
Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface - Online and Print
Journal of Geophysical Research. JGR. Solid Earth - Online and Print
Lithos – Online and Print
Lithos is an international English language journal publishing high-quality, original research papers on mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, emphasizing the application of mineralogy and geochemistry to petrogenetic problems. The types of contribution published are scholastic papers, reviews, discussions and book reviews.
Mineralogy and petrology - Online and Print
Mineralogy and Petrology is devoted to multidisciplinary coverage of the entire field of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry. More:
Nature - Online and Print [Q 505 N]
"Nature ... appears weekly and publishes papers from any area of science with great potential impact... Nature also publishes a broad range of informal material in the form of Opinion articles, News stories, Briefings and Recruitment features, and contributed material such as Correspondence; Commentary; News and Views; Scientific Correspondence; book, software and product reviews; Reviews; Progress articles; etc."
Created 01/30/02 LEJ