Geography

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Welcome! This is a selective guide to help you do research in Geography.

Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT

Key Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1980 - present
Covers global literature in earth science, ecology, geography, and marine science.
Publication coverage: Geology of North America: 1693 - present ; Geology worldwide: 1933 - present
Indexes articles on geography, particularly as it relates to geology.

Multidisciplinary Social Sciences Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1984 - present (updated monthly)
A multilingual, multidisciplinary index covering geography and more ...
Publication coverage: 1951-   (updated quarterly)
Social science and interdisciplinary research with international coverage.
Publication coverage: Science Citation Index: 1900 - present ; Social Sciences Citation Index: 1956 - present ; Arts and Humanities: 1975 - present
An index to major journals in the social sciences, including demography, cultural, economic, historical and human geography, planning and environmental studies.

Broad Multidisciplinary Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1865 - present
Peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports covering a broad spectrum of topics.
Use the Google search engine to locate articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles published on the "open" web.
Publication coverage: Varies by journal title
The content in Scholars Portal comprises the most complete multi-disciplinary database of peer reviewed academic literature available anywhere.

Public Health & Geography Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1981 - present
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Index to English-language journals in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, consumer health and other allied health fields.
A digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature.
A pre-selected group of databases covering literature published in health & medicine. Each database can be searched separately but they also can be searched as a group, from this starting point.

Other Useful Subject-Oriented Indexes

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Publication coverage: Late 19th century - present
Provides indexing in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and related fields.
The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database covers many aspects of northern Canada, including the earth sciences, the life sciences, engineering and technology, renewable and non-renewable resources, co-management, politics and government, economic and social conditions, land use, indigenous peoples, archaeology, history, art and literature.
Publication coverage: Varies with publication
Indexes Canadian popular and academic journals as well as business and special interest journals.
Publication coverage: 2006 - present
An important index from U.S. and English language geographical research.
Geographical Abstracts
Call number varies | in SL Compact Shelving | (1967-1980)
Print indexes containing citations to research in physical & human geography, climatology, geomorphology, and cartography. Superseded by Geobase.
Publication coverage: 1915 - present
Covers public and social policy materials, including journals, books, government publications, pamphlets, and reports of public and private agencies.
Publication coverage: 1900 - present
An interdisciplinary index to major journals in the sciences, including physical geography, planning and resource management.

Books & E-books

E-books

Note: E- books are often collected within  "packages". The catalogue record for every individual book title in these packages may not yet be loaded into QCAT. However, for e-books not yet listed in QCAT, you can search directly within the packages.

Social Sciences and Humanities e-books  | All e-book collections at Queen's

E-Book collections of note include:

Note: The following book collections are freely available on the Web

Books

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:

livingstone david
association of american geographers

To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:

livingstone david
association of american geographers

To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.

dams and environment?

Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.

dams--environmental aspects
irrigation
water resources development--environmental aspects

Click on the subject heading to do a new search or use words from the subject heading to modify your keyword search.

Examples of subject headings relating to geography:

Anthropo-geography
Cartography
Cities and towns-Canada
Emigration and immigration
Geographical perception
Man-Influences of environment
Soils-Classification
Urban climatology

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Dictionaries | Encyclopedias | Handbooks

Provide a broad and authoritative overview and clarification of geographical concepts and subjects, schools of thought, and scholars in the field. Good starting places for discovering workable research topics. Exploit the bibliographies at the end of articles!

Dictionary of Geography (2009) part of Oxford Reference Online   Over 6,400 entries on all aspects of both human and physical geography.

Dictionary of Human Geography
REF GF4.D52 2009 A revision of a classic!

Dictionary of Physical Geography (2000)
REF GB10 D53 2000. Definitions for terms and explanation of key ideas, concepts and issues in physical geography

Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science
MAPS & AIR PHOTOS REF G70.212 E53 2008

Encyclopedia of Geography (2010 ) part of SAGE Reference Online 2010 Encyclopedia Collection     “...offers a reasonably comprehensive and useful summary of the state of the discipline in the early 21st century...”  

Encyclopedia of Global Change
REF GE149.E47 2002

Encyclopedia of Human Geography
REF GF4 .E54 2006 “…a diverse array of topics to offer a comprehensive and useful summary of the state of the discipline in the early 21st century…”

Encyclopedia of World Geography
Education REF G133.E48 2002   A 24-volume set describing physical, economic, demographic, cultural, political, and environmental factors of different countries and regions of the world.

Environmental Encyclopedia
REF GE10.E38 2003   A classic environmental reference work.

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2009) "... an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the discipline of human geography and its constituent, and related, subject areas ..."

SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge
G70 .S24 2011  “… a wide range of authors trace the social construction and contestation of geographical ideas through the sites of their production and their relational geographies of engagement.”

21st Century Geography : A Reference Handbook
G123 .A18 2012   2 vols. About 80 articles highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates in Geography today.

Biographies

Consult biographical dictionaries to get brief information about people, dates and events. For more sources, see Biographical Resources.

American Environmental Leaders: from Colonial Times to the Present
REF GE55 .B43 2000 (2 vols)

Gives brief biographies and bibliography. Arranged as an encyclopedia A-Z.

Geographers: Biobibliographical Studies
REF Z6001 .G425

Multi-volume encyclopedic dictionary that contains biographies of geographers throughout history. Includes lengthy bibliographies.

Biographical Dictionary of Geography
G67 .L37 1993t

Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment
GE40 .F54 2001t

Fifty essays offer a guide to environmental thinking through the ages from Buddha to V. Shiva.

Atlases & Gazetteers

The Queen's University Library collection includes atlases, sheet maps, digital maps, air photos and gazetteers. For more information about these resources, please check the Maps & Geospatial Data page. A few suggestions:

Gazetteers:

Geographical Names of Canada (Canada)  Over 350,000 current and historic approved geographical names.   

GEOnet Names Server (GNS) (World) Over 5 million names.  

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (World) A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world.... 

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)  (World) A structured vocabulary containing more than one million names and other information about places. The emphasis is on places that are important for art and architecture. 

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) (U.S. and territories) Over 2 million physical and cultural geographic features.

 Tip: To locate  more gazetteers and guides to geographical names, try subject keywords in a QCAT search. Try "Gazetteer"  AND "Place-name" or "Geographical names"  AND "Place-name".

Atlases:

The Atlas of Canada / L'Atlas du Canada   

Canada Gazetteer Atlas
G1115.C6 1980t Maps & Air Photos

Historical Atlas of Canada - selected contents
--- full content version at G1116.S1H58 1987t Maps & Air Photos

The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
G1021 .T5644 2011 Maps & Air Photos. Library also has numerous earlier editions : 1922, 1955, 1967, 1980, etc.

National Geographic Atlas of the World
G1021 .N38 2011 Maps & Air Photos. . Library also has numerous earlier editions : 1963, 1975, 1981, 1999, etc.

 Tip: To locate more atlases in QCAT try "Atlas" AND "Place-name" as title keywords  OR try "Maps" AND "Place-name" as subject keywords.

GIS and Statistical data

http://library.queensu.ca/geo

Newspapers

http://library.queensu.ca/research/guide/news-resources

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