Primers for the Budding Novice Rock Collector

Rocks and Minerals of Pennsylvania
John H. Barnes
Although this 2004 booklet focuses on the state of Pennsylvania, it provides a great overall primer on geology for young people and adult novices that’s useful no matter where you live.
Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding
Lori Hodel
This helpful introduction suggests sources for finding places to dig, rules to follow when you’re collecting, and what tools to bring.
A Glossary for New Rockhounds
Carl Quesnel
For those new to the hobby, here’s a list of some of the terms you might hear, concentrating on the most essential general terms, along with odd things rockhounds have come up with over the years.
Every Rock Has a Story
Ethan Baxter
Boston College geology professor Ethan Baxter gets down to earth in dozens of short videos about rocks, minerals, and geology for kids and the young at heart who are new to rock collecting.
Mineral and Educational Articles
John Betts
Veteran field collector and mineral specimen vendor John Betts provides articles about mineral photography, specific gravity testing, how to clean mineral specimens, tools to use for field collecting, and more!