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Brinkerhoff Geology Library (Brinkerhoff Earth Resources Information Center): Databases & Reference

The Brinkerhoff Geology Library is located in the Geology Building at the Northwest corner of the UW Campus.

Reference E-Books

Geography Reference


GNIS (Geographic Names Information System)
Authoritative database of U.S. place names approved by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.

GEOnet Names Server (GNS)
Standard spellings of all foreign place names, sanctioned by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.  Click on SEARCH to enter a placename.

Country Information

CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
Includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.


Geology Databases

Lyell Collection

Is the Geological Society of London's online collection comprising of the Society’s journal titles, Special Publications and key book series.