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Geology: Books

This guide is intended to assist students and researchers find resources in Geology.

Library of Congress Classification (Geology)

Geology Subclass QE

Class Subject
QE4 Voyages and expeditions
QE5 Dictionaries and encyclopedias 
QE11-QE22  History and biography
QE36  Geological maps 
QE37  Agricultural geology 
QE39  Submarine geology 
QE65-QE350  Geological surveys 
QE351-QE499 Mineralogy, Petrology 
QE500-QE639.5  Dynamic and structural geology
QE640-QE996.5  Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Paleozoology, Paleobotany 

Oceanography subclass GC

Class Subject
GC57-GC63 Research and expeditions 
GC65-GC78  Underwater exploration 
GC83-GC87.6  Submarine topography
GC96-GC97  Estuarine oceanography
GC109-GC177  Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography, Temperatures 
GC200-GC376  Dynamics of the ocean tides 
GC377-GC399  Marine sediments
GC1000-GC1023  Marine resources

Hydrology subclass GB

Class Subject
GB655.5  Dictionaries, encyclopedias 
GB659.6-GB841  History and general works 
GB860-GB2998  Ground and surface waters
GB5000-5030  Natural disasters 

Geophysics & Meteorology 

Class Subject
QC801-QC809  Cosmic Physics
QC811-QC849 Geomagnetism
QC851-QC879.59  Climatology

Mining Subclass TN

Class Subject
TN263-TN271.Z5  Mineral deposits, Surveying, Prospecting
TN400-TN580.T73 Ore deposits and mining of metals 




Understanding Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

Why should I bother?

The keywords that I typed are already giving me results. So, is it worth knowing LCSH?

Yes, definitely! Using LCSH can help you be more effective and efficient in your search. They can help you find relevant resources that you might miss with just keyword searching.

Some advantages of using LCSH are :

  • identify specifically what an item is about;
  • identify what type of material an item is;
  • provide more "access points" or paths to relevant materials;
  • make your research more effective and efficient.

LCSH identify what a book or DVD or other item is about using a "controlled vocabulary" system. This means highly structured and specific terms are assigned to an item to accurately describe it.

The library catalog and most databases include the option to search by "subject keyword". If you ente a term in this search that is not included in the assigned LCSH, you may not get results or your results list may have few relevant records. This does not mean that there are few or no works about your topic; it just means that your term is not found in the LCSH system.

There are a number of ways to identify assigned LCSH :

  1. from the library catalog of an item;
  2. from the Cataloging-in-Publication information on the verso (the back of the title page);
  3. from the record of an article in a database which users LCSH in their indexing;
  4. from the Library of Congress website;
  5. from the WorldCat database of library holdings around the world.

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