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 Summary Sheet


Producer:American Geosciences Institute, USA
File Size: More than 4.0 million records (11/2018)
Updates: Twice a month
File Type: Bibliographic
Content: Geosciences
Language: English

The Geological Reference File covers international literature on geology and geosciences. Sources include the Bibliography of North American Geology (1785–1970), prepared from the holdings of the U.S. Geological Survey Library, Bibliography and Index of Geology Exclusive of North America (1933–1968), Geo­physical Abstracts (1951–1971), Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates (1973–1991), selected records from Geoline since 1985 and from geology sections of PASCAL since 1982, and state and national geological surveys. Bibliographic information, abstracts, indexing terms, meeting information, and map coordinates are all searchable. An online thesaurus is available for the Controlled Terms (/CT) field.


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Alexandria, VA 22302-1502
Phone: (+1 703) 379 2480, Ext. 230
Fax: (+1 703) 379 7563
Email:  ml(at)

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Unless specified otherwise in these RESTRICTIONS, CUSTOMER may use copyrighted search results in the following ways:

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Unless specified otherwise in these RESTRICTIONS, Recipient may use search results in computer-readable form for the following purposes:

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  3. editing the search results to remove irrelevant answers or to change the format of such results.

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Recipient must destroy the computer-readable search results upon creation of the printed version, unless Recipient has purchased the right to archive records with the ARCHIVE command or keyword.
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