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U.S. Geological Survey Publications: Bulletins, Professional Papers, and Other Series

How to find publications of the U.S. Geological Survey

Indexes to Geology Publications

GeoRef
Index to more than 3500 journals, plus books, government publications, maps, conference papers, theses and dissertations, and more.

GeoScienceWorld
Millions of references to articles, books, maps, conference proceedings, reports, theses, etc. Links to GeoRef (see above).



 

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Find USGS Publications in Series (Numbered Publications)

The U.S. Geological Survey publishes a number of series, such as USGS Bulletins, Professional Papers, Water Supply Papers, etc. They may be available electronically or in paper or microfom in Belk Library. Use this guide to find them.

Available in Belk Library

Some individual USGS publications are cataloged; many are not. First, check the author or title or key words in the Library catalog. If there is a record for the publication, use the classification number in the record to find it or click on the link if it is an electronic version. If you know the series number of a publication that is not listed in the Library catalog, such as Bulletin 587, go to the government documents collection on the lower level of Belk Library (near the University Writing Center) and look under the classification number indicated in the list below. The publications are arranged on the shelf by number (ie, USGS Bulletin 275 will sit under call number I19.3: between bulletins 274 and 276).

Classification Numbers of USGS Serial Publications Available in Belk Library

Annual Reports. I 19.1:
Bulletins. I 19.3:
Circulars. I 19.4/2:
Mineral Industry Surveys. I19.161:
Open File Reports. I 19.76:
Professional Papers. I 19.16:
Scientific Investigations Reprots. I 19.42/4:
Water Resources Bulletins. I 19.3/3:
Water Supply Papers. I 19.13:

Available Electronically through the USGS web site

The USGS has digitized a number of its publications. To check for electronic availability, go to the U.S. Geological Survey web site and click on Advanced Search. Choose the Only Online Docs box. If you know a series, specific title, author, etc., select that type of information in the Choose One box(es). Click the Advanced Search button to retrieve the results of your search.