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Geological Sciences Reference Guide

New Arrivals

Munsell Color Charts

munsell rock color bookMunsell Soil Color and Rock Color Booksmunsell soil color book

Check-out length: 10 days, but able to be renewed if no one is waiting

In an attempt to make these expensive but industry standard books more readily available, copies of the Munsell Soil-Color and Munsell Rock-Color Books are available on reserve in Rogers Library for Science & Engineering. 

It is understood that these books will be used in the field, but please try your best to return them without specimen (please wipe off before returning). 

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The Catalog Advanced Search

The Classic Catalog searches books, journal titles, and e-books within the UA Libraries System. The benefit of searching the Catalog is being able to limit results by library location. 

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Browsing for Geology Books in Our Libraries

Our Geology is housed in Rogers Library, however due to the interdisciplinary nature of geology, some books can be found in Bruno (GIS & research data) and Gorgas (Social Sciences, Climatology, etc.).

Most subject headings for "classic" geology will fall under QE. Here at UA we use the Library of Congress (LOC) call number system to organize our collection. Below are some subject headings to get you started. 

Call Number



Science (General)


Geology (General), with subclasses of Mineralogy (351-399), Volcanoes & Earthquakes (521-545), Stratigraphy (640-699), etc.


Natural History - Biology


Environmental Sciences

Other related subject headings (Most located in Gorgas Library)

Call Number



Geography (Physical Geography in Rogers, GIS in Bruno)


Social Sciences (General)

Includes subdivisions for demography (HB), land use (HD), and transportation (HE) 


Political Science (General)


Agriculture (General)

Forestry (SD)


History of the Americas (US 151-909)

Can't find what you're looking for? Talk to a librarian. If we don't have it in our collection, you may be able to loan it from another library through ILL.