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Geography Research Guide

Geography  Pronunciation: /jēˈäɡrəfē/   NOUN  The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.  (Source:OxfordDictionaries.com)

Are you searching for information on places and peoples of the world?  Try these resources in our print and online collection here at Richland Library. #ResearchFreely

Searching the Richland Library catalog:

Title keyword search terms:

  • Name of country, continent, region, state, etc., geography

Subject keyword search terms:

  • Cartography
  • Climate change
  • Climatology
  • Coastal ecology
  • Diaspora
  • Discoveries in Geography
  • Geography
  • Geography [name of region, country, state, etc.]
  • Human beings
  • Human ecology
  • Human geography
  • Land Use
  • Maps
  • Migration
  • Physical geography
  • Population
  • Social customs
  • Urban ecology
  • Urbanization

Try Advanced Searching using multiple keyword (subject or title) keywords to get more specific results. Ex. China AND Social customs

Databases and electronic resources. To find articles, reference materials, primary sources, and much more, search these databases and electronic resources. Our databases and online resources are freely accessible at RichlandLibrary.com 24/7 with your library card (all of the recommended databases are linked at the end of this post):

CultureGrams: CultureGrams provides quick cultural and statistical snapshots of the more than 200 countries recognized by the United Nations. Compare countries, states, or provinces using a list of statistical elements and create data tables for reports or papers. Country reports can include maps, flags, symbols, history, economy, geography, population, and more.

  • World Edition: Experience the world through cultural information on more than 200 countries.
  • Kids Edition: Get a kid’s eye view of daily life in countries around the world.
  • States Edition: Explore all of the U.S. states in colorful, engaging reports.
  • Provinces Edition: Tour all of the Canadian provinces and territories in 13 image-filled reports.

You can search a country or state in the search box or choose from the PDF map with listed countries.  The information provided includes background, people, customs and courtesies, lifestyle, and society.  You can print a PDF report of all of the information.  Bonus features include recipes, graphs and tables, and slideshows.

Credo Reference: Credo Reference is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. A giant online collection that searches hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.  

  • There are more than 40 books on the subject of geography.
  • See: The Dictionary of Human Geography by Sarah Whatmore (editor), et al.
  • You can also type in your country or state as a keyword searach to get a topic overview.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL): This large collection of nonfiction ebooks covers a wide range of subjects, including art, biography, health, history, science, travel, and more. You will recognize titles and publishers that have been part of our print reference collection for many years, now available online with no waiting, no use limits, accessible from home, and free. To get started, simply click the link to go to GVRL and type your topic in the search box. The results list will direct you to material in all the books that relates to your search topic. Find the following geography resources inside:

  • Human Geography: People and the Environment, 2013
  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States, 2013
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 2012
  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World, 2012
  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 2011
  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures, 2010

Reference Collection - specialized encyclopedias and other resources

Internet Resources:

The World Fact Book | Central Intelligence Agency: "The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

Country Studies Collection | Library of Congress: "Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world. Most books in the series deal with a single foreign country, but a few cover several countries or a geographic region. The series includes several books on countries that no longer exist in their original configuration—such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Sudan, and Yugoslavia. These books remain in the series because they continue to offer valuable historical information and perspective. In some cases, studies on successor states are also part of the series.

"Each book was written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, who sought to adhere to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not be construed as an expression of an official U.S. government position, policy, or decision."

Country Profiles | BBC News: "Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives."

 

Remember, if you need assistance, you may call the Business, Careers, and Research Desk at 929-3400 or 929-3401, or come in and visit us on the Third Level of Richland Library Main to gain assistance.  


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