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This guide will help you navigate information sources in geology.


To find books, try the catalogs listed below. If you don't find the book you need in the Vassar Library Catalog or using ConnectNY, use ILLiad, Vassar Library's interlibrary loan service. Click here for more information about interlibrary loan services.

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Search Tips for Using the Vassar Library Catalog

When you find a book of interest, note the location, write down the call number, and check the status. Also look at the subject headings assigned to the book; you might find it useful to click on these headings to find similar books on your topic.

Click here for help understanding book locations and call numbers.

Call Numbers in Geology

Books in Vassar Library are assigned a call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. The call number consists of a combination of letters and numbers, and is designed so that books on similar topics will be near each other on the shelf and easy to browse.

If you want to browse the collections, call number ranges are as follows:

QE1 to QE350.62 General Geology
QE351 to QE399.2 Mineralogy
QE420 to QE499 Petrology
QE500 to QE639.5 Dynamic & Structural Geology
QE640 to QE699 Stratigraphy
QE701 to QE760 Paleontology
QE760 to QE899.2 Paleozoology
QE901 to QE996.5