Library Research for Critical Minerals, Conflict Minerals, and Rare Earths

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Date Recorded: June 17, 2021


Title: Library Research for Critical Minerals, Conflict Minerals, and Rare Earths


  • Emily C. Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Studies Librarian, Princeton University


Princeton University Library’s chemistry and geosciences collections support library users interested in minerals research associated with the Department of Chemistry, Department of Geosciences, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI). Prior to joining the Princeton University Library in 2018, Emily C. Wild worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for about 23 years as a hydrologist and librarian (physical scientist). From 2008 to 2018, Emily was an embedded librarian within the USGS Mineral Resources Program in Denver, Colorado, where she helped mineral research chemists and geologists in the USGS, international governments, and mining companies worldwide find and use mineral research publications, datasets, laboratory methods, and rock cores. This webinar provides an overview of print and digital resources available for Earth’s mineral resources. Viewers will learn the differences (and similarities) of critical minerals, conflict minerals, rare earths, and other mineral terminologies used around the world in the contexts of sustainability and economic growth. Research sources related to environmental considerations of mineral extractions, uses, and wastes are also included.

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