The Walter Geology Library, including the Tobin Map Collection, is the place to find United States Geological Survey (USGS) publications at UT Austin, with the exception of certain items such as topographic maps outside of Texas. The goal of this Guide is to help you locate a citation to a USGS publication, search for it in the Library Catalog, and then locate the item on the library shelves. The guide focuses on print materials, although many current USGS documents are available free online.
USGS publications are cataloged either by series alone or by title and series. Many, but not all, USGS documents in the Geology Library are shelved in chronological and numerical order within a series.
Ordering USGS Publications:
Use the following databases and bibliographies to find a citation that includes series, title, author, publication date, and volume. Once you have a citation, you can search it directly in the Library Catalog.
Once you have a USGS citation, use the tables below to help you search for the document in our library catalog and find the document on the shelf. You may find more information under Series Descriptions or the USGS Publications Warehouse. You may request items housed at the Library Storage Facility be sent to a campus library location.
Documents are shelved:
|Title or author||By subject area. Each document has a unique call number. These are NOT grouped together by series.|
|Series||By series. They are shelved in chronological and numerical order at the same call number (see below). These are NOT searchable by title or author.|
|Title, author, or series||By series. They are shelved in chronological and numerical order at the same call number (see below). These documents have separate records in the Catalog and can also be searched by title and author as well as by series/number.|
|Annual Financial Report (AFR)||QE 76 U54a|
|Annual Report (AR)||-L- QE 75 A62|
|Annual State Water-Data Report (AWDR/WDR)||see Library Catalog|
|Biological Science Report (BSR)||see Library Catalog|
|Bulletin (B/BULL)||QE 75 B9|
|Circular (C/CIRC)||QE 75 C5|
|Data Series (DS)||see Library Catalog|
|Digital Data Series (DDS)||CDROM 40 DDS|
|Fact Sheet (FS)||QE 75 F33 1994-2006|
|Folios of the Geologic Atlas (GF)||Library Storage Facility|
|General Interest Publication (GIP)||see Library Catalog|
|Information and Technology Report (ITR)||see Library Catalog|
|Journal of Research||-Q- QE 1 U5585 V.1 1973- V.6 1978|
|Mineral Resources||Library Storage Facility|
|Monographs (M)||-L- QE 75 M7 v.1-55|
|Open-File Report (OFR/OF)||see Library Catalog|
|Professional Paper (PP/Prof P)||QE 75 P9|
|Scientific Investigations Report (SIR)||GB 701 W376|
|Trace Elements Investigations (TEI)||see Library Catalog|
|Trace Elements Memorandum (TEM)||see Library Catalog|
|Techniques and Methods (TM)||see Library Catalog|
|Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations (TWRI)||TC 177 U57a|
|Water-Resources Investigations Report (WRIR/WRI)||GB 701 W375|
|Water-Supply Paper (WSP)||TC 801 U2|
|Yearbook (Y)||QE 76 U54a|
The table below may help you understand what is included in a USGS citation.
|Authors||Robert Thomas Hill and Thomas Wayland Vaughan|
|Title||The Lower Cretaceous Gryphaeas of the Texas Region|
|Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication.||Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1898.|
|Series and Volume||U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin No.151|
|Series, Series Abbreviation, and Number||U.S. Geological Survey Geophysical investigations ; map GP-417|
QE 75 B9 NO.151
MAP USGS GP-417
Series resulting from changes designed to accommodate a broader range of research topics in biology, geology, geography, and hydrology include the following:
Some of the titles that have been discontinued and absorbed into the revised series:
The modern USGS began publishing in 1878. Prior to that, several Geologic and Geographic Surveys were commissioned by Congress. If you need more information about these earlier publications, please ask the library staff for help.
Search for maps in the library catalog by title, author, or series. Descriptions of the map series are listed in this guide under Series Descriptions and in the USGS Publications Warehouse.
Topographic maps of Texas are located in the map cases in the Southeast corner of the library. Topographic maps are shelved alphabetically by series or quadrangle name. The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection houses topographic maps of the United States (including Texas) and foreign countries. Digitized versions can be found in United States 1:250,000.
USGS Maps are shelved by series in the green, vertical cabinets. Call numbers follow this form: MAP USGS [series abbreviation] [number]
|Antarctic Geologic Map||A|
|Coal Investigations Map||COAL or C|
|Folios of the Geologic Atlas||GF|
|Geological Quadrangle Map||GQ|
|Hydrologic Investigations Atlas||HA|
|Hydrologic Unit Maps||HUM|
|Land Use and Land Cover Map||L|
|Mineral Investigations Resource Map||MR|
|Miscellaneous Field Studies Map||MF|
|Missouri Basin Study||MB|
|Oil and Gas Investigations Charts||OC|
|Oil and Gas Investigations Map||OM|
|Scientific Investigations Map||I (SIM)|
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