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Finding Series Publications

How to Find a Geoscience Series

Finding a specific report or issue for a series can be tricky. Some reports can be found by their individual titles; other reports can only be found by their series titles. Some series may be shelved in sequence at the same call number in the library; other series may be scattered according to the topic of each issue or report.  You may need to try a variety of search techniques in the Library Catalog to locate what you are looking for.

These are important pieces of information to have.  You can often find them in GeoRef.


Search in the LIbrary Catalog by:

  • Individual title or author: do a keyword or author search. (Hint: If you find a catalog record that matches, there should be a series and report number traced on the record. By following the series tracing link, you can find other reports in a chronological list.)
  • Series title: do a keyword search; include the report number as well. (Hint: For long running series, look for the "Continues" and "Continued" by links in the series record to go to the previous or later series titles.)
  • Call number: If you already know the call number of the series, you can use the Library of Congress call number browse search.

Example Reference:

Hentz, Tucker F.  2010. Sequence stratigraphy, depositional facies, and reservoir attributes of the upper cretaceous Woodbine Group, East Texas Field. Report of investigations (University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of Economic Geology) ; no. 274.

  • Search query for author/title:  hentz sequence stratigraphy upper cretaceous woodbine
  • Search query for report series/number:  bureau economic geology report 274

Just use enough words from the reference you have to be fairly specific, and if the report is individually cataloged it should pop right up.  If it doesn't, then try searching only the series or serial title (no author or number) to see if the series is available. 

Frequently Requested Series

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS)

Geological Society of London

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

(previously Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists).

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