If you are unfamiliar with a topic, it is often best to start with an encyclopedia, reference book or review article to gain a basic understaning of your topic as well as terminology used in the field.
Current Reviews from Annual Reveiw of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Note: the first several in the list may be prepublication notices--if you view the RSS feed or view the website, you will be able to see the full text of those already published.
Encyclopedias. Handbooks, etc.
Glossaries & Dictionaries
Glossary of Geology 2N Ref QE 5 .B38 2005
Earthquake Glossary - an illustrated glossary of earthquake-related terms from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Glossary of Glacier Terminology - an illustrated glossary of terms related to glacial geology, from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Glossary of Mining Terms - a glossary of terms related to mining developed by the Kentucky Mining Institute.
Oil & Gas
Oilfield Glossary - a detailed glossary of terms related to the oil and gas industry developed by Schlumberger.
Paleontological Glossary - a technical glossary from the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Glossary of Volcano Related Terms - a glossary of terms related to volcanoes and volcanism from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Water & Water Resources
Water Science Glossary - a generalized water dictionary from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Thanks to Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois Univeristy Libraries for the content of this box.