Welcome to the Earth Science Research Guide.
Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in General Earth Science classes.
Guides for other Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering are linked at Physical Sciences.
If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.
Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.
Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a Collge of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.
- Dictionary of Gems and Gemology. Online.
- The Dictionary of Physical Geography. Online.
- Dinosaurs, the Encyclopedia. 5 vols.
Reference QE 862 .D5 G652 1997
- Earth Science.
Reference QE 28 .E12 2001
- Earth Science on File. Rev. ed.
Reference QE 43 .L36 1999
- Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs. Online.
- Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies. Online via ABC-CLIO.
- Encyclopedia of Earth Science
Reference QE 5 .K85 2005
- Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences. 2 vols.
Reference QE 5 .E5137 1996
- Encyclopedia of Earth System Science. 4 vols.
Reference QE 5 .E514 1992
- Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Reference QE 521 .R58 2007
- Encyclopedia of Geology. 5 vols.
Reference QE 5 .E516 2005
- Encyclopedia of Paleontology. Book and Online.
Reference QE 703 .E58 1999
- Encyclopedia of Volcanoes. Book and Online.
Reference QE 522 .E53 2000
- The Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science. Rev. ed.
Reference QE 5 .F318 2006
- The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets, 4th ed.
Reference QE 52 .G46 2006
- Geology. 2 vols.
Reference QE 5 .G465 1999
- The Great Dinosaur Controversy: a Guide to the Debates. Online.
- Illinois Land Cover: an Atlas.
General QE 105 .I5 1996
- Notable Natural Disasters. 3 vols.
Reference GB 5014 .N373 2007
- Oxford Companion to the Earth.
Reference QE 5 .O94 2000
- Philip's Guide to Gems. Online.
- Philip's Guide to Global Hazards. Online.
- Water Encyclopedia. 5 vols.
Reference TD 345 .L393 2005
- World of Earth Science. 2 vols.
QE 5 .W59 2003
The Library owns many Earth Science films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles in the A-V guide at:
The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.
Access the article databases listed below.
Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings
- Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
- Academic OneFile
Multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of academic areas.
- Science Direct
Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
- Science Online.
The full text of Science from 1997-Present. Science is available from 1880-1996 in the JSTOR database.
- Scientific American Archives Online
Indexing of every issue of Scientific American. PDFs of every article from 1993 to present.
- Geology journals available online fulltext from databases.
- Meteorology & Climatology journals available online fulltext from databases.
- Astronomy and Astrophysics journals available online fulltext from databases.
General Geology Websites
- DLESE: Digital Libary for Earth Science Information
Access to reviewed internet sites with educational information and data sets for all levels of earth science instruction. Choose grade level or resource type or browse resources and collections by main topic.
- Earth Science World: the Gateway to the Geosciences
Images, climate data, games and more from the American Geosciences Institute.
Retired geologist and professor Hobart King maintains this site which provides links to news articles, career and job information, rock and mineral illustrations and data, articles related to various earth science disciplines, U.S. and World geology-related maps.
- National Park Geologic Resources
Guide to the geological features of the U.S. National Parks.
- NASA's Visible Earth Project
Images, animations and visualizations of the earth from Landsat and other sources.
- National Geophysical Data Center
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geophysical Data Center, geophysical data related to the solid earth, sea floor, and solar/terrestrial environment from the more than 400 databases held by the NGDC.
- United States Geological Survey
A must-use site for information about earth science, natural hazards, the environment, maps, earth science news and educational resources.
- Yahoo's Index of Earth Sciences Links
Search for information by earth science subject categories or by keyword.
Plate Tectonics Websites
- Geology: Plate Tectonics
The history and theories of plate tectonics, with animation of continental drift and much information about geological time periods.
- Paleogeography Through Geologic Time
Globes and maps showing evolution of landforms during geologic time periods.
- Paleomap Project
Illustrations, text and animations explain the plate tectonic development of ocean basins and land, and climate and other characteristics of geologic time periods from Precambrian times to predictions of continental locations 250 million years in the future.
Volcano and Earthquake Websites
- Global Volcanism Program: Smithsonial Institution
Learn terminology, locate volcanoes, find related websites at this websitefrom the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program. Theprogram is is housed in the Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, in Washington D.C. and is devoted to a better understanding of Earth's active volcanoes and their eruptions during the last 10,000 years.
- How Volcanoes Work
Images and text describe the science behind volcanoes and volcanic processes.
- Volcano World
Historic and current information on volcanic eruptions, terminology, virtual field trips and more.
- Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals, & Textures
Photomicrographs and polarized light views of numerous igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals.
- Mineralogy and Petrology Research on the Web
Plain text but thorough list of links to websites for mineralogy and petrology.
- Mineralogy Database
Descriptions of over 4,700 minerals with links to images and an excellent guide to other websites with mineral data.
- Mazon Creek Fossil Exhibit
See information on the origin and plants and animals of the most famous Illinois fossil assemblage: Mazon Creek, Francis Creek Shale. Links to information and images in the Illinois State Museum database of Mazon Creek fossils provided.
- Paleontology Portal
Explore the history of life in North America by state and geologic time period. Also see fossils searchable by broad family or more specific taxon and geologic time period and find information on the most famous fossil finds with website links.
- Prehistoric Planet
News, interactives, and more related to discoveries in paleontology and prehistoric humans.