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Geology & Earth Science: Geological Surveys

A guide for doing research in geology and Earth science.

United States Geological Survey

The USGS is the federal agency dedicated to the earth sciences.  They do work in every state and publish several series which are excellent resources for research in geology and Earth science.

Print Copies of Reports

If you already have a report number for a report of one of these series, you can use the call numbers below to find the print copy in the UCSB Library.  Individual reports will be on the shelf at the list call number in order by report number.  To find a digital copy, use the above link to the USGS Publications Warehouse.

Series Held by UCSB Library:

  • U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin
    • SEL QE 75 .B8
  • U.S. Geological Survey Circular
    • SEL QE 75 .C5
  • Open-File Reports (U.S. Geological Survey)
    • SEL QE 75 .O7, also fiche
  • U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper
    • SEL QE 75 .P7
  • U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper
    • SEL GB 701 .U5

California State Agencies

Series Held by UCSB Library:

  • Bulletin (California Dept. of Water Resources)
    • SEL GB 705 .C3 C25
  • Bulletin (California Div. of Mines and Geology)
    • SEL TN 24 .C2 A3
  • Open File Report (California Div. of Mines and Geology)
    • SEL TN 24 .C2 A323
  • Special Publication (California Div. of Mines and Geology)
    • SEL TN 24 .C2 A328
  • Special Report (California Div. of Mines and Geology)
    • SEL TN 24 .C2 A33


Geological surveys and other government agencies produce a wealth of information about geology and Earth science. 
Sometimes these can be difficult to find.  Ask a librarian if you need assistance.
Subject Searching:
  • Search in GeoRef
  • Most government publication series in geology and Earth science are indexed in GeoRef.  They are not indexed in Web of Science.
Have a Citation?
  • Use the lists below to find the call number.
  • This is often easier than searching in the library catalog.

This guide is organized by government agency.  If you are researching California, you should use materials from both the USGS and the appropriate state agencies.


Other States

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