Library Course Assessment for
Earth Sciences 106

October 12, 2004


This is the Library’s assessment for EASC 106 Earth Through Time. This course will first be offered in 2005-3 and once or twce every 3 semesters thereafter. It is planned as an elective course for non-majors with an expected enrolment of 30-50 students. It will be proposed as a Designated Breadth (DB) course, and possibly also a Writing Intensive (W) course. A more advanced course for Earth Sciences majors (EASC 102) covering much of the same content has been previously offered, and is adquately supported by the Library.


The SFU Library's book collection was assessed using Library of Congress subject headings for the topics covered by this course. Related subject headings and our holdings are listed below.

Catastrophes (Geology) 15
Earth - Crust 19
Evolution 667
Extinction (Biology) 35
Geology 573
Geology, Stratigraphic 110
Geology, Stratigraphic - Cenozoic 21
Geology, Stratigraphic - Mesozoic 19
Geology Stratigraphic - Paleozoic 22
Geology, Stratigraphic - Permian 3
Geology, Stratigraphic - Precambrian 35
Historical geology 28
Life - Origin 119
Plate tectonics 42

With over 1600 books in the collection on related subjects, the Library has adequate monographs to support this course. The Library is collecting actively in this area.


The Library’s electronic journals in Earth Sciences are available to students of this course. For an introductory Earth Sciences course, this, along with the Library’s collection of electronic journals in Science, will provide adequate access to journal literature.

Bibliographic Tools

The primary tool for students in this course will be GeoRef, already accessible by SFU-wide license. Other secondary sources are similarly already available, such as GeoBase, General Science Indexes and Web of Science.


There are no new library costs associated with this course.

Note:  The materials required for this course are located in the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus.  This assessment is based on the assumption that the course will be offered at SFU’s Burnaby campus.  If the course was to be offered at SFU Surrey or Harbour Centre, or as an off-campus course, additional Library costs would be incurred.