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Rocks, faults, glaciers, oceans, climate

Books for Background Information and Keyword Gathering

Background information on your topic helps you define specific terms and phrases.  


Library Books for more in-depth information

Discovery Search

You can search for books and articles at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges and worldwide libraries using Discovery Search. Discovery Search searches many resources all at once, but does not include all of our databases.  

Reviewing Search Results

When your search is complete, the results can be narrowed using the limiters on the left. If a book is at one of the Five Colleges, you can request it to come to UMass Amherst using the Request Item link above the box with information about the book.  If the book is not owned by any of the Five Colleges, UMass community members can borrow it through the UMass Libraries InterLibrary Loan service. 

When you find a book that seems useful, click on the title to open the full record for that book. Look at the Subject Terms assigned to that book; if you see one that looks good, click that to get other titles that have been given that subject heading.