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Geological & Earth Sciences Research Guide: Finding Books

Proquest Dissertations & Theses

Use the link below to discover dissertations dating from 1861 and master's theses published since 1988. Many of the newer theses and Dissertations are available full text at no charge to the MSU Community (dates vary by institution).  Others may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Main Library Catalog

Most books in the Geological Sciences have a call number beginning with "QE" which are on the ground floor of the west wing of the main library.

The best way to locate them is using the Online Catalog and take careful note of each book's location, which is stated to the left of the call number.

Book Resources

All books and most US government documents can be located by searching the library's online catalog.  Most books in the Geological Sciences have a call number beginning with "QE" which puts them on the west end of the Ground Floor (basement) of the main library. 

Warning: Many publications in the geological sciences (books, maps, reports, etc.) are published as pieces of a series. If you have trouble locating a known item, try also searching under the series name. You are encouraged to consult with library staff for help in locating items.

Each record will tell you in which location the item is located (including online access, and some non-MSU Libraries locations such as the MSU Law Library, MSU University Archives, the Library of Michigan, and the Archives of Michigan. 

The image above shows a catalog record for a book owned by MSU Libraries.  By looking at this record, we can see:  

  • MSU Libraries owns one copy of the book. 
  • The book is located in the main library, in the regular collection of circulating books. 
  • The book's call number is QE673 .V45 1994. 
  • The book is checked out.  If you want a checked-out book, you may click on the link to request that it be recalled for you.  Or, better yet, request the item through our UBorrow service.  You will be notified by email when it is ready for pickup.

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Kathleen Weessies
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