At the end of each glossary definition is an abbreviation (available at above link). This abbreviation will match an alphabetical entry in the page in Mindat's glossary called: references, authorities, sources and geographical abbreviations used in the glossary. You can find this Reference page by typing in the word References in the Keyword(s) field in the Glossary search box that is accessed by the little down arrow in the Search For field in the Search Mindat section in the upper right portion of Mindat's home page.
Example: If you type in Coal into the Keyword(s) field you will be presented with no less than 50 entries that contain coal in their titles. You can choose the one you want and view the definition and explanation of just what that particular kind of coal is. If you click on the second entry; coal plow, you will be taken to the page that contains the definition for the coal plow, and at the end of the entry will be the reference, in this case it is; Mason. If you go to the Reference page whose link is above and run down the alphabetical list of references to Mason, you will be told that Mason = Mason, E. (ed.). Practical Coal Mining for Miners. Virtue & Co., Ltd., London, 2d ed., 1951, 2 volumes. Glossary of terms, v. 2, pp. 769-775.
If your search of the glossary gets no matches, you may wish to make sure what you are searching for is correctly spelled or try a different or related key word. If you still cant find it, bring it up on Mistakes and Errors forum on Mindat's Message Board and we will consider adding it to the glossary, especially if you can supply us with a good definition of the work or term and a printed or internet reference.
Note to those who wish to place new entries into our glossary. After you write the definition of the term you wish to insert in the glossary you can just below that insert the full reference to where it came from just below it. The way we have it now where below each entry is an abbreviation of the complete reference which can be looked up on the reference page. This is a legacy of the days of the paper and ink days and it was done this way in many dictionaries to save on paper and ink. We have no such limitations here and placing the full reference below each entry would be a kindness to the user who would not have to go to the extra step of finding the reference page and then going down the list till them found the proper reference. [Rock Currier 2012]