Earth Science

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.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites

Finding Books

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

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.


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

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.

Mineralogy Websites

Paleontology Websites

  • 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.
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