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Geological Survey of Canada: Guide

This guide will help locate older and historic publications of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) within the McGill University Library system.


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Finding information in the early publications: bulletins, reports, memoirs

How to find GSC literature: Electronic and print indexes available through McGill University Library

Electronic Indexes

  • GeoRef
    Provides access to the geoscience literature of the world; geology of North America from 1785, and the rest of the world from 1933
    GEOSCAN is the bibliographic database for scientific publications of the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada.

Print indexes to historical materials

Title Call number
Annotated catalogue of and guide to the publications of the Geological Survey of Canada, 1845-1917. QE185 A5 1920 Schulich Science & Engineering
Index to memoirs, 1910-1926 : Bulletins, 1913-1926 : Summary Reports 1917-1926 : Sessional papers (administrative) 1921-1926. QE185 A222 1932 Schulich Science & Engineering
General index to the reports of progress, 1863 to 1884. QE185 A12 Schulich Science & Engineering
General index to reports, 1885-1906. QE185 A482 1908 Schulich Science & Engineering
Index to separate reports, 1906-1916 and summary reports 1905-1916. QE185 A142 1923 Schulich Science & Engineering
Index to reports of Geological Survey of Canada from 1927-50. QE185 G344 1962 Humanities and Social Sciences McLennan Bldg
Index to reports of Geological Survey of Canada from 1951-59. QE185 Z9247 Schulich Science & Engineering
Published maps (1917-1934 inclusive) Z6027 C2 G46 1934 Schulich Science & Engineering


Publications available at McGill University Library:

Unless otherwise noted, all materials are found at the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

Memoir; QE185 A2 no.xx
Memoirs are final reports of major undertakings.

  • 1910-1922 - From 1910 to 1922, the Memoirs are divided into 4 sections: geological (includes paleontology), topographical, biological, and anthropological.
  • After 1922 only the geological series was continued.

Bulletin; QE185 A43
Bulletins include any materials not large enough to be the subject of a memoir.

  • From 1913 to 1945, the bulletin was published jointly with the National Catalogueum. Includes biology, anthropology, paleontology.
  • After 1945, the bulletin published geological information only.

Economic Geology Report 1909 - ; QE185 A4 no.xx
These are published as monographs on specific minerals.

Paper; call numbers vary
Papers are published for speedy dissemination of information when a large or long term project is not yet complete. Preliminary papers usually lead to final reports.

  • 1935- ,Catalogued as monographs

Miscellaneous Report; QE185 A44 no.xx

  • 1920- ,Catalogued as monographs

Report of progress for ... ; QE185 A48
QE 185 G3456r 1842-1884 [By Consultation] Osler Robertson Library

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