4 Top Websites for Geology Students
My research discipline is Earth Science. When I asked my students which websites they would consider to be ‘essential’ they first identified multidisciplinary sites where they could quickly and easily find the information they wanted. These sites would direct them to more targeted sources of information. The websites they find most important/useful are Google Scholar, Wikipedia and Earth science specific sites such as Geology.com, GIS.com, and the U.S. Geological Survey site USGS.gov. Their comments on each of these sites are quoted below:
1. Google Scholar (www.google.com/scholar)
“Much easier to use than the library databases and I find it much more comprehensive. I can find almost any article I am looking for on here.”
“Easiest way for me to find journal articles for relevant subjects.”
“Extremely valuable as a tool to begin a research project.”
“Google Scholar is great for really specific searches (i.e. looking for authors or trying to find a specific paper).”
2. Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)
“Obviously not for referencing, but a great starting place for a simple definition and explanation of a concept. It’s fairly good with geology topics too such as time periods, fossils and minerals.”
“Wikipedia is great to look up simple definitions or concepts if you don't know something or need ‘a refresher’. Sometimes the Wikipedia article has references to scholarly journals which are very useful.”
“Good for quickly getting general knowledge about rock types, places, landforms etc.”
“Useful for finding information in fields you are not familiar with”.
3. Geology (http://geology.com/) and GIS (http://www.gis.com/)
“These sites allow students to sign up for message boards and do quick searches of the material. The sites are continually updated and give a good idea of new trends in research.”
4. The USGS site (www.usgs.gov/)
“Has lots of information on all aspects of geology, including really good flash animations for learning concepts. Lots of information on current and historic conditions such as earthquakes, river levels, etc.”
Professor Carolyn H. Eyles, School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University; Recipient of the 2009 3M National Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities.
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