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Resources - mainly for undergraduates

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Part II

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1A & 1B

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Part 1A Reference Series: Rocks, Minerals & Fossils 

This website houses photographs and descriptions of the specimens found in the 1A (first year) Reference Series at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. This series is a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils used to aid the first year Geology students in their practical revision. It is not an exhaustive collection, but includes the range of specimens with which the first year students should become familiar. You may also want to use The Virtual Microscope web site in conjunction with the Reference series - or Vice Versa.


Part II/III Reprint Collection

The Part II/III Reprint Collection List includes details of all articles that are available in hard copy and may be borrowed from the Library Office. Many of them are on reading lists but may not be available elsewhere in the Library.


Visit Moodle the "virtual collaboration environment" for course support materials - Raven login required. 

Past Tripos Papers

Copies of past papers can be found on the relevant Moodle website. There is also an index page linking to papers for all of our courses on Camtools but this can only be accessed from computers in the University. 

Members of the ESC Supervisors area of Moodle can also access copies of papers for all our courses externally by using the  Raven login. Anyone who supervises Earth Sciences courses in department should contact  or one of the course organisers to be registered for access to this area of Moodle.

Part II/III Projects

Other Resources

Journal articles: the ‘Thing Explainer’ version PDF

Pay my library bills: Pay your library printing bills or fines

Digital Map Library

Postgraduate Resources


 sedgwick club twitter

Sedgwick Club: the student geological society of the University of Cambridge 


User Education - Earth Sciences Provision

The Library offers a full programme of user education to Part II undergraduates and new postgraduates at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. Some sessions will be repeated at the beginning of the Lent Term for all Library users. See What's New for a timetable of currently offered sessions. Where advised please book by emailing 

Online Tutorials

Copyright Advice

The University is licensed with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). This means that published works covered by the licence can be copied, within these restrictions:

  • No more than 5% of the total work can be copied
  • No more than one chapter per book or one article per journal issue can be copied.

Here are a couple of quick copyright flowcharts: excluding crown copyright and crown copyright

Visit the University's webpage on copyright for further information regarding copyright matters commonly encountered at the University.