Skip to main content

Fast Facts

Renowned source for geology and earth science
Produced by the American Geosciences Institute
  • Download a short description
  • Share

Overview

The GeoRef database, established by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) in 1966, provides access to the geoscience literature of the world. GeoRef is the most comprehensive AGI database in the geosciences and continues to grow by more than 80,000 references a year. The database contains over 3.6 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

The GeoRef database covers the geology of North America from 1669 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey. Masters' theses and doctoral dissertations from US and Canadian universities are also covered.

To maintain the database, GeoRef editor/indexers regularly scan more than 3,500 journals in 40 languages as well as new books, maps, and reports. They record the bibliographic data for each document and assign index terms to describe it. Each month between 4,000 and 7,000 new references are added to the database.

A subscription to the GeoRef database also includes access to the GeoRef In Process database (so both databases can be searched at once) and a link to the GeoRef Preview database on the AGI web site.

Subject Coverage
Major areas of coverage include:

  • Areal geology
  • Economic geology
  • Engineering geology
  • Environmental geology
  • Extraterrestrial geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology and hydrology
  • Marine geology and oceanography
  • Mathematical geology
  • Mineralogy and Crystallography
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Seismology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural geology
  • Surficial geology


Update Frequency
Biweekly with approximately 3,000 new records added per update.

You may also wish to consider ProQuest Earth Science Collection which features GeoRef along with access to full text journal articles.

Size
Over 3.3 million tables and figures

  • Content Type: Scholarly Journals, Dissertations and Theses, Reports, Books, Other Sources

Related Products

Earth, Atmospheric, & Aquatic Science Database

The Earth, Atmospheric, & Aquatic Science Database is an interdisciplinary resource of A&I combined with full text from journals, conference proceedings, and other sources.

Learn More

Earth, Atmospheric, & Aquatic Science Database

The Earth, Atmospheric, & Aquatic Science Database is an interdisciplinary resource of A&I combined with full text from journals, conference proceedings, and other sources.

Learn More

Natural Science Collection

The Natural Science Collection includes the Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, the Biological Science Database, and the Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database. It provides full-text titles from around the world including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more.

Learn More

Blog

Helping the Researcher...there is a Dissertation for That!

One dissertation can lead to the discovery of more sources, as well as other works that have been cited in additional dissertations.

Learn More

How to Grow Community with a Seed Library

Seed libraries provide the community with a free resource for growing healthy foods and they promote sustainability and biodiversity.

Learn More