Geosciences: SEARCH library collections

A guide to support and resources for the study of geology, geophysics, geochemistry and related subjects.


Library Search


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Using Search to find resources

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Using natural language, a single search will return results from a number of different sources. They include

  • those held locally in the library
  • Monash University Research Repository
  • Monash University Publishing, as well as
  • a vast collection of commercial electronic resources

You can refine results of a 'basic' search by using the 'facets' (topic links) on the left. Or you can do an 'advanced search' and prescribe limits to your searching.

Refer to the Library Search guide for help using Search.

Search also allows you to check what materials you have on loan and to place holds.

  • hints for using the SEARCH catalogue
  • Check for a subject Reading list
  • SEARCH can be used to find journal articles for your assignments, but for more thorough research, focussing on journal articles and conference papers, use the dedicated subject Geosciences databases.

Other Search features

In Search you can also :

  • view and renew your loans, via My Loans
  • place a Request on a full term loan item that is at another campus, or on loan
  • check if your unit has an online reading list- eg type: 

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For best results, first sign in using your Monash computer account. When you sign into Search, you are able to set preferences for your current and future sessions, to use library services such as requesting items and more.

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) must be in capitals

e-Shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your search session

Wildcard characters:

  • comput* will retrieve computer, computing, computational, and so forth

To find a journal, use the 'Journals' link in the left column of your Search results.

Browsing the shelves

To browse for resources in particular subject areas, try the following subject number ranges on the shelves

Call numbers used for Geosciences and related areas
Number Subject
526.1 Geodesy
526.9 Surveying
538 Magnetism
538.7 Geomagnetism and related phenomena
548 Crystallography
549 Mineralogy
550 Earth Sciences
551 Geology, hydrology, meteorology
551.21 Volcanoes
552 Petrology
553 Economic geology
554-559 Earth science by specific continents, areas etc.
560-569 Palaeontology, fossils
622. Mining and related operations
622.1 Prospecting
631.4 Soil science
808.02-808.06 Essay, reports and technical writing

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Understanding call numbers

Each book in the library has a Dewey Decimal call number. Call numbers are attached to the spine or front of each item. The call number assigned to an item indicates its subject matter, author, title and date of publication. Books with similar subject content will be near each other on the shelves. Every part of the number is important for finding an item on the shelf.

Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries

eBook Collections

Selected reference titles