Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact: Enid Karr
The goal is to develop a collection that fulfills the needs and requirements of the research and teaching faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the graduate and undergraduate students, the Weston campus, and the general interests of the Boston College community.
Research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department revolves around geochemical cycles, sediment transport in coastal environments, geophysical hydrology, seismicity (the causes of earthquakes and the structure of the crust and mantle in the northeastern United States- the Weston Observatory operates a regional seismic network for New England and vicinity), Geographic Information System (management, research, and development of database for the geological bedrock map of Massachusetts), geochemistry, rock mechanics, experimental sedimentation, structural geology, and paleontology.
Journals and monographs, the United States Geological Survey and other governmentally produced materials in print, CD, map and electronic formats form the bulk of our current collections strength. More and more of our journals are being made available electronically to our users.
Resource sharing in the form of membership in regional and national organizations like the Boston Library Consortium will increasingly play a significant role in collection development. As access to resources and document delivery become easier and faster due to advances in technology, we will depend more and more on Interlibrary Loan, facsimile transmission, purchase of articles, electronic and on-demand publication and retrieval. Reference sources continue to be acquired for the Boston College Libraries as valuable research tools. | Selected Resources »
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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Collection development for Earth and Environmental Sciences involves coordination with other disciplines in the School of Arts and Sciences and some programs in the School of Education. The interdisciplinary subjects include cartography, energy, environment, geochemistry, geophysics, natural history and waste management.
Formats and Types of Materials
Intermediate and advanced level monographs, research journals and serials and some textbooks form the bulk of the collection. Conference proceedings and dissertations are acquired as needed. Government documents, technical reports and maps, primarily of the U.S. Geological Survey, are essential to the collection. A growing number of resources are becoming available in both print and electronic formats; decisions to collect in one or the other format (or both) are made on a title by title basis.
English is the language of choice.
Geographic Areas (Subject Approach)
Emphasis in the departmental research is on New England, Northern Appalachians, Maritime Canada and their relationships to Ireland, the British Isles, Western Europe and Africa. However, other areas are selectively represented. North American and European publications are generally collected.
Time Periods (Subject Approach)
Current developments in geological and geophysical sciences are emphasized.
Dates of Publication
Recent publications are collected. Older titles are acquired on demand.