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Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections

Instruction, workshops & events

Library tours & orientation

The library offers orientation tours every fall for incoming students by request. Tours are also available year round for groups or individuals. To arrange a tour, please email

Instruction & workshops

We offer workshops catered to the earth sciences, map collections and geographic information services (GIS). Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. If you know of a workshop you would like to have us offer, please email us! Instruction contacts:

GIS: Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager,

Maps: Jane Ingalls, Assistant Map Librarian,

Earth and environmental sciences: Hannah Winkler, Earth Sciences Librarian,

Upcoming classes Fall 2014

Advanced Google
Wednesday, Oct. 1 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
How do you use Google to help organize your personal and professional work? This class will focus on creating and using GoogleDocs – such as creating spreadsheets with 50 simultaneous editors, creating online polls, and publishing slideshows online. Participants will sign up for a Google account (if they don’t already have one).

GeoRef 101 
Tuesday, Oct. 7 | 12 - 1 pm | Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
For geology, the key database will always be GeoRef. Learn about using GeoRef to search international geoscience literature, covering engineering and environmental geology, hydrology, and paleontology. Also learn to automatically send citations to your email address and how to search for and find relevant images, maps, and diagrams for your papers. Bring examples and questions you'd like to have addressed.

Mendeley Basics for GeoScientists 
Monday, October 13 | 12 - 1 pm |  Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Tuesday, October 28 | 12 - 1 pm |  Branner Library Teaching Corner, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building 2nd floor
Organize your research with Mendeley! The open source Mendeley software allows you to create a database of "full text" papers with citation information that is easy to retrieve and use in new documents. Topics will include an introduction to Mendeley, and how to organize, tag, annotate, and share your PDFs.

Finding Energy Information 
Thursday, November 11 | 12 - 1 pm |  Green Earth Sciences Building, Room 361
Do you need articles on a topic related to energy? We will look at industry and market research for the energy field using S&P NetAdvantage, Business Monitor, Lux Research, and Alternative Energy and Oil &Gas eTrack databases. We will also evaluate and search several interdisciplinary energy-related government databases and explore how to use geographic information system (GIS) data to visualize energy research.

*Ongoing GIS Workshops: Introduction to ArcGIS, Advanced GIS
These ongoing workshops are designed to give a basic understanding of ArcGIS to new users. Topics covered include GIS data formats, basic database management, projections, and basic cartography principles. Note: the Introduction to ArcGIS workshop is mandatory if students want to use Branner's ArcGIS free one-on-one consulting services. Ongoing Geospatial Training Workshops occur throughout the quarter.  To view schedules and sign up for Geospatial Training, visit For more information, visit the Branner GIS website at or email David at