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Research Guide: Geography

Reference Resources

The library has many reference resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) that will help you find background information on topics in Geography and related fields.  Selected resources are listed below.  Look on the shelves near these books; there may be similar books nearby with helpful information.

  • Geography on File - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: G 1021 .F25
  • Maps on File - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: G 1021 .M33
  • Historical Maps - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A:  G 1030 .M37 2002
  • People and Places - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: AE 5 .W563 2000
  • World Geographical Encyclopedia - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: G 63 .E5213 1995
  • World Encyclopedia of Cities - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: HT 108.5 .K87 1994
  • Encyclopedia of World Cultures - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: GN 307 .E53
  • The Map Catalog - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GA 105.3 .M23
  • Dictionary of Geography - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: G 63 .D538 1999
  • The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Human Geography - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GF 4 .D52 2000
  • The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Physical Geography - Middle Level, Reference Shelves: GB 10 .E53 1994
  • The Columbia Gazetteer of the World - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: G 103.5 .C645 1998
  • The Columbia Gazetteer of North America - Middle Level, Reference Table 5A: E 35 .C65 2000
  • Map and Atlas Collection - Middle Level, North End

Finding Books


Online Catalogs: 

Use library online catalogs to find availability and location of books and other media:

Browse the Shelves: 

Books on Geography and related fields are located on the Top Level of the library in the General Collection under the following call numbers:  G [General Geography, Atlases, Maps], GA [Cartography], GB [Physical Geography], GC [Oceanography], GE [Ecology], GF [Human Geography], and QE [Geology].

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other resources on your subject.

Interlibrary Loan: 

If we do not own a particular book you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through ILLiad, our online Interlibrary Loan system.


Finding Maps

Use the our Maps Guide to learn about the various map resources available in the library and on the Internet. 

Finding Articles

Article Databases:

An article database is a searchable database of references to journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Some article databases also include the full-text of the article.

To find scholarly journal articles in Geography, a great place to start is Academic Search Premier. It contains thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and scholarly journals, including many in geography and related disciplines. To limit your search to scholary journal articles in Academic Search Premier, click on the box next to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals . You may also limit your search to articles available in full-text on the computer by clicking on the box next to Full Text. The library also has access to many other Social and Behavior Sciences article databases that may include relevant articles. You can also use our News article databases to find newspaper articles by subject or keyword.

Locate the Article: 

If the article is available in full-text in the article database you are using, download and/or print the article.

If the article is not available in full-text in the article database you are using, check the library's EJournals list to see if full-text for the journal containing the article is available in another article database. This list will also tell you if we subscribe to the journal in print format. You can also search the EJournals list by subject.

If the article is only available in print, do a Journal Alphabetical search in our Online Catalog to identify the call number for the print journal. Recent issues of magazines and journals in Geography and related fields are found in the G through GF section of the Current Periodicals Area on the Middle Level of the library. Earlier issues are shelved by call number in bound volumes on the Upper Level of the library.

If the article is not available either online or in print, use ILLiad (our online Interlibrary Loan system) to request a copy of the article from another library. This usually takes 2 to 4 days.

Bibliographies: 

When you find a good book or article, check the bibliography to identify other resources on your subject.


Web Resources


A good place to begin is the Stewart Library's list of web resources in Geography.  Most of the sites listed will provide links to additional sites, so explore!  Use Internet search engines to find additional information.


Research Tips

As you do your research, keep the following tips in mind:


 

Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Wade Kotter
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