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Searching the AU Libraries catalog is most useful for finding books and the titles of journals. If you are looking for individual articles within journals, it's best to use one of the subject-specific databases, such as GeoRef. Searching with Google is generally not appropriate for finding scholarly material, but Google Scholar can be a user-friendly supplement to database searches.

Many of the books available through RBD Library are ebooks. If you need help accessing and using ebooks, see this guide for instructions on their use. Often, ebooks can be downloaded and read on devices like your personal computer, your tablet, or your e-reader. Other ebooks require you to be logged in through a browser and may limit the number of simultaneous readers.

RBD Library has a sizable map collection on the first floor in our Media and Digital Resource Lab. Our guide to maps is a good introduction to the resources we have available. Please note that the map room is only open during the MDRL's hours of operation.

Earth's History in Brief

This video, "A Brief History of Geologic Time", summarizes Earth's development into the world we know today in under fifteen minutes. Credit: PBS Eons.

Fun Facts

Geosciences Trivia

Do geologists really lick rocks?
Sometimes, they do! In this Twitter thread, geophysicist Mika McKinnon discusses which minerals can be identified by a taste test, as well as which rocks should never, ever be licked!

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