How to find geological maps -- maps that represent the physical forces which act upon the Earth including chemistry, shape, and fossilized biology.
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Tips and Tricks
- Start small. Begin by searching for the smallest geographical description for your subject. If “California” yields too many results, try a more specific place name, e.g. Santa Clara County, or topographic quadrangle name, e.g. Palo Alto. To find quadrangle names for a given town, creek, mountain, etc., search GNIS, the government database of geographic names, at http://geonames.usgs.gov/
- Limit your search. Try searching SearchWorks. Limit the results to “Maps and Globes” by clicking that phrase under formats, in the left column of the page. Try searching also by keywords -- like "atlas" or "geologic atlas".