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GEOL 220: Tectonics

Professor Sarah Titus - Fall 2022


The library has many geologic and other thematic maps.  Many of these maps are cataloged in Catalyst.  Search for the location and topic (ie: Pacific and Geology).  Once you've gotten the list of results, select "Map" from the list of formats on the left side of the screen.

Reference Books

Use these sources at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms, related terms, or simply data that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources often include bibliographical references that may prove helpful.


Books & eBooks

Search Catalyst using the box above

Catalyst is the joint library catalog for Carleton and St. Olaf. You can use Catalyst to find books, dvds, journals, images, and more. Catalyst can also search across most of our library databases to find articles.

Relevant Library of Congress Call Numbers

Library of Congress Call Numbers to browse in the print collection for Geology texts

 QE 514  Geochemistry
 QE 36  Geologic maps and mapping
 QE 28  Historical Geology
 GC  Oceanography
 QE 511  Plate Tectonics
 QE 601 - QE 613  Structural Geology

This is only a partial list of the call numbers pertaining to Geology. For a complete listing, go to the Library of Congress Classification Outline, provided by the Cataloging Policy and Support Office of the Library of Congress.

Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases that you will use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a word search, where you may use any words you like). Although Geology is a Library of Congress Subject Heading, you will probably get better results if you are more specific. If you are interested in the tectonics of a particular part of the country, use the subject heading Plate Tectonics and the name of the state. For example, use Plate Tectonics - Andes to search for books on that particular region. Be careful in your word choices--some words and phrases that may seem very natural to you will not be Library of Congress Subject Headings.

It is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and, once you find an appropriate source, examine the subject headings. You may then conduct a subject search by clicking on the linked subject heading in Catalyst.