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Library newsletter for the Geosciences department.
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Library Instruction Sessions

Just a reminder that I will be here summer semester.  If you need library instruction for any of your classes, please contact me to schedule a session.

For this newsletter, I thought I would highlight some of the library's databases.  You can access the following by going to the library's website (, clicking on Article Databases, selecting the first letter of the database of interest, and clicking on the database title.

Birds of North America-Contains information on birds in the United States and Canada.

FAITS: Faulkner Advisory on Info Tech StudiesFull-text online technology-related report database which covers a wide variety of topics including security, IT infrastructure, telecommunications, and the World Wide Web. 

JSTOR Plant Science-Plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials.

USGS National Geologic Map Database-U.S. Geological Survey database which includes a lexicon of geologic names of the U.S., a geologic map image database, and related resources.


Selected New Books



Call Number

At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah

Loewen, Mark A.

QE688 .A85 2013

Flatland The Movie


QA699 .A13 2007

Geochemistry: An Introduction

Albarede, Francis

QE515 .A52713 2009

Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius

Capra, Fritjof

Q143.L5 C368 2013

Science Sifting: Tools for Innovation in Science and Technology

Dietert, Rodney R.

Q147 .D54 2013

The Language of Science Education: An Expanded Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts in Science Teaching and Learning

McComas, William F. (ed)

Q181 .L36 2014

The Venomous Snakes and their Mimics of Panama and Costa Rica

Ray, Julie M.

QL654.5 .R39 2013

Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource

Sedlak, David

GB659.6 .S44 2014


Web Sites of Interest

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Writing to Support the Theory of Plate Tectonics

How does one write about plate tectonics? It's an important question for those studying the earth sciences. This resource from the Earth Exploration Toolbook was created by Sabina F. Thomas and William A. Prothero and is designed to help students use a range of images of earthquakes, volcanoes, and seafloor ages to craft just such a paper. On this site, visitors can take advantage of teaching notes, step-by-step instructions, and a range of tools. Instructors will find this material quite useful and it's important to note that students are encouraged to use these resources for improving their own skills of scientific inquiry and synthesis. [KMG]

USGS: Education Resources for Paleontology

The United States Geological Service (USGS) has crafted this website to bring together high quality education resources in the field of paleontology. The "General Information and Teaching Sources" area of the site is a great place to start. Here, visitors will find guides to fossils and fossil collecting along with the Learning Web. This last feature is a very helpful portion of the USGS website that includes classroom activities specifically created to provide students with a basic understanding of geologic time and how fossils are made. The site also includes a number of general interest publications, such as This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics and Fossils, Rocks, and Time. The site is rounded out by a number of non-USGS resources, such as a site on the fossil record from the University of California at Berkeley. [KMG]

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