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Geology Subject Guide: Getting Started

Resources for research in geology.

Get Started with Your Research

Do you have a topic, but you're not sure where to start? Try a few of these tips!

  • Scan your textbook or assigned readings for ideas or for books and articles you can look for.
  • Start to write down keywords and related concepts. Think of synonyms that you can use as keywords.
  • Consider creating a concept map if you learn best visually. Try Mind42 or MindMeister for some cool online tools.
  • Find background information and use it to find more keywords.

For more research tips, check out our research guide.

Reference Books

General Information

Sometimes when you're getting started on a topic, all you want is a good overview of the basics. The library has lots of resources to help you get just the facts, fast.

Reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, and more can be a great way to get basic information. Try searching our online reference collections below to find great articles on all sorts of topics!

E-Books

Search full text of thousands of scholarly books in OhioLINK's Electronic Book Center

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Google Books

Use Google Books to search millions of scanned texts. Beware, though: many books will only give you a limited preview, or no preview at all! If you find something you like, check to see if OhioLINK has it!

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