Geologic field trip guidebooks: Shades of grey

Lura Joseph

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Geologic field trip guidebooks contain valuable information useful for both professional geologists and the general public, yet they exhibit various “shades of grey” when attempting to identify and access copies. They are produced by various groups, including governments, professional societies and associations, commercial publishers, and others. Each group presents different levels of difficulty in identifying and accessing related guidebooks. Research indicates that there are significant indexing gaps for guidebooks from trips held in North America, and the problem is even more profound for guidebooks from international conferences. Search strategies include using multiple resources and search terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalGrey Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Geologic field trips
  • Geological conferences
  • Geological excursions
  • Geological literature
  • Grey literature
  • Guidebooks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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