Guide to Sources in Geography & Geographic Information Science

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Guide to Sources in Geography & Geographic Information Science

 

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Location of Materials Call Numbers | Guides to Geography Sources | Article & Journal Databases Book Reviews | Directories Background Information: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, & HandbooksResearch Methods & Writing Guides | Geographic Names | Atlases | Statistical Sources and Datasets

 


 

Location of Materials

All titles listed in this guide are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library Reference Collection unless otherwise noted. Access to many of the online resources listed is restricted to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Community.

The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is held in the SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection.

 


 

Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.

 

DEWEY

 

 

SUBJECT

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (LC)

 

550   

Earth science

QE1-996.5

525   

Earth; Astronomical geography

QB630-638.8

333.709   

Environmental geography

G143

304.23

Geographic, space, time factors

HM654-656; GF95-98

910   

Geography and travel

G1-922

913-919   

Geography and travel

G-GF

551.4

Geomorphology

GB400-649

911   

Historical geography

G141

304.2   

Human geography (ecology); Anthropogeography

GF1-900

526   

Mathematical geography / Cartography

GA1-1776

355.47   

Military geography

UA985-997

304.8   

Movement of people; Population geography; Migration

HB1951-2577

910.01   

Philosophy and theory of geography and travel

G70-70.6

621.3678   

Remote sensing technology

G70.39-.6, GE45.R44

320.12   

Territory / Political geography; Geopolitics

JC319-323

910.02   

The earth (Physical geography)

GB3-5030

307.76   

Urban communities

GF125

320.12082   

Women -- geopolitics

JC321

 


 

Guides to Geography Sources

Lists of information sources such as books, journals, websites, and databases about specific subject, with corresponding brief descriptions. 

026.9120973 C633g 2006
Guide to US Map Resources. 2006. (Map Library Reference)
This edition lists all the large and/or important map collections in the United States (who responded to a survey put forth by the editor and contributors.) These collections are grouped within their respective cities and states, and the main part of the guide lists these states alphabetically. Each entry includes the institution name, person(s) responsible for the collection, strengths of the collection, accessibility (hours, circulation policies, etc), the availability of Geographic Information Systems, percentage of the collection classified, catalogued and available to the public, details of the physical facilities, and special notes. Multiple appendixes provide details of both the long and short versions of the data-generating surveys, ranking of the featured collections by number of holdings within their institutions type (academic, public, etc.), and indexes of both featured institutions and individuals.

 


 

Article & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more. 

GeoBase (online)
Identifies the journal literature in Earth sciences, ecology, geosciences, development studies, geomechanics, human geography and oceanography.

GeoRef (online)
Identifies articles, books and other publications on geology and earth sciences.

The Geographical Review. 1916-. (online)
Scholarly journal from the American Geographical Society which includes essays about developments and new fields of study in geography. Includes reviews of books, monographs, and atlases.

GIS Bibliography (Includes Science Citation Index and Social Citation Index)
Covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology.

Web of Science (online)
This multidisciplinary database identifies journal articles and cited references in all social science disciplines. Allows searching for articles on a particular topic, or for articles that have cited a known article. Lists references that can be used to search for related articles with common citations.


 

Book Reviews

Resources that include reviews of books , either non-fiction-or fiction, where a books is evaluated based on content, style, and merit. 

Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 1911- (online)
Multiple book reviews about various geography topics. Also includes articles about environmental sciences; methods, models, and GIS; nature and society; and people, place, and region.

910.5 GE
Geography : journal of the Geographical Association. 1901- (online)
Published by the United Kingdom's Geographical Association. Includes articles and books reviews.

The Professional Geographer. 1984- (online)
Published by the Association of the American Geographers, this journal includes scholarly articles and book reviews about a broad range of geography topics.

 


 

Directories

Directories are a list of organizations, groups, people, places, or other data systematically arranged often alphabetically or by location.

910.7G941b
Guide to Geography Programs in the Americas. 2012.
This is a three-part book: a guide, a handbook, and a directory. The Guide offers information on both higher education geography programs (degrees, degree requirements, program specialties, and financial aid) and the institutions (governmental, private, and research) that employ geographers. These entries are arranged alphabetically first by US state, then Canadian province, and then by Latin American countries. The Guide also features a list of institutions that serve minority populations and a chart detailing the number and type of geography degrees conferred by year. The AAG Handbook details the personnel and infrastructure of the Association of American Geographers, as well as awards received by the AAG. Finally, the Directory of Geographers offers both an alphabetical and geographic listing of the members of the Association of American Geographers.

 


 

Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks. Dictionaries contain  brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide a more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks, contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject. 

Dictionaries 

910.3D5613
Dictionary of Geography.
2009. 
The simple dictionary, intended for students, provides concise definitions. Definitions are elaborated through examples, graphics and cross-references. 

910.3D562 2009
The Dictionary of Human Geography. 2009. (Online)
This fifth edition contains over 1000 entries, including 300 new entries, about all aspects of human geography. This edition also charts the development of new themes and research within human geography and connections with other fields. Entries are listed alphabetically in bold type. Each entry contains cross-references and suggested readings.  The dictionary also includes an index and a bibliography for readers to conduct more in-depth research.

910.0203 D561 2000
The Dictionary of Physical Geography. 2000. (online)
This dictionary defines terms and expounds on key concepts and issues within physical geography. This edition includes new terms in the areas of biogeography, climatology, environmental change, and geomorphology. Definitions vary in length, and include cross-references and suggested readings. An alphabetical index of terms is included.

GIS Dictionary(online)
The GIS Dictionary is a free web-based resource from Esri that contains succinct definitions to geographic information systems (GIS) terms related to analysis, GIS modeling and web-based GIS, cartography, Esri software, and more. The site allows users to browse entries alphabetically or search for terms.

910.3 Sm18m 2001
Modern Dictionary of Geography. 2001.
This volume contains 2400 cross-referenced entries listed alphabetically on contemporary human and physical geographical terms, concepts, and principles. Each term is fully defined and many entries include illustrations and examples clarifying the concept. It is primarily geared towards first and second year geography undergraduate students and international equivalents. It also includes a list of geographical abbreviations used through the volume.

Encyclopedias

Q. 910.3 En195  
Encyclopedia of Geography.  2010.
This six-volume encyclopedia, intended for students and the overall public, provides a general overview of 1,224 geographical and sub-disciplines topics including: Physical Geography; Human Geography; Nature and Society; Methods, Models and GIS; History of Geography; and People, Organizations, and Movements. Each entry provides cross-references and suggests further readings. The first volume includes a Reader’s Guide to help readers find entries on related topics. The encyclopedia features a List of Entries in each volume and a comprehensive Index in the sixth volume.

Q. 551.6 AI51e 
Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate. 2002.

This two-volume encyclopedia contains nearly 4,000 entries, arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, about the atmosphere and weather. Entries range from specific weather events to biographies of those who have made significant contributions, from the processes that produce the weather to the classification of climates. Appendixes include a chronology of disasters, a chronology of discoveries in the atmospheric sciences, the geologic time scale, tornadoes of the past, and weather related websites. A bibliography and index are also included.

Q.304.203In851
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. 2009.
This 12-volume series documents and explains “the full spectrum of issues facing humanity today across the planet.” The essays, by over 800 contributors from 40+ countries, summarize the knowledge of the discipline, exploring relationships among people, places, and environments.  Volume One contains a “Guide to Use of the Encyclopedia,” list of contributors, table of contents, and subject classification list. A comprehensive index at the back of Volume Twelve allows for easy reference.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations.  2012 13th ed. (online)
Easy to read information about countries. Provides a variety of information about each country including topography, climate, environment, population, industry, history, government, trade, banking, health, and education. Also includes a section on famous people from the country and a bibliography.

Handbooks

910 T918
21st Century Geography. 2012.
(SSHEL RCC)
This two-volume set organized into six topical sections: physical and environmental geography, human geography, nature and society, regions and regional perspectives, geographic information science, and applied and professional geography. The chapters are written by professional geographers or geographic researchers, and contain references and suggestions for further reading. Each chapter describes the history, twenty-first century developments, and future projections for the topic. The set also contains an appendix with annotated lists of notable books and reports, journals, and websites and information about specialty groups within the Association of American Geographers.

320.12 As 355 
The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies. 2011. 
(SSHEL RCC and Online)
The Ashgate Research Companion series is written for scholars and graduate students and provides an overview of current research and trends in a particular field. This collection presents essays in the field of border studies written by international experts and promising new scholars. Border studies is a multidisciplinary field, and the entries span topics related to political science, political geography, history, international relations, conflict studies, and environmental studies around the world. The essays are divided into eight subsections, and the volume contains a names and a places index.

Background Notes (online)
Country information from the U.S. Department of State including human and physical geography, economy, government, history, political conditions, and foreign relations. Includes dates of when information was last updated for each country / territory: Archives before 2001.

910 C7382 2007
Companion Encyclopedia of Geography : from local to global. 2007. (SSHEL RCC)
A two-volume set containing sixty-four essays about physical and human geography written by academics from around the world. The preface describes the set as providing “an integrated view of geography through a unifying theme of place and places at different scales.” The essays are organized into six topical sections, and each essay includes suggestions for further reading and extensive references.

333.709 C738
A Companion to Environmental Geography. 2009. 
(SSHEL RCC and Online)
Each volume in this series provides detailed, up-to-date coverage of one of the major subdisciplines of human geography. The series is written for geography students as well as teachers and practioners. This volume is divided into four sections: concepts, approaches, practices, and topics, and each contain several chapters written by leading authorities in the field. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and the book also has a detailed exploration of the definition of human geography, contributor biographies, and an index.

Country Studies (online)
Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 2012 (online)
Reports from the U.S. Department of State. Textual information about countries in book and article format. Includes information about geography, statistics, history, government, political conditions, economy, and state relations with the United State.

320.12 C366g 
Geopolitics : A Guide to the Issues. 2011.

Written for students, scholars, and general readers, provides a global perspective on international affairs; geography’s influence on a multitude of policies; and the historical, contemporary, and emerging issues in the multidisciplinary and ever growing field of geopolitics. Featured works include information about key people, national geopolitical practices, scholarly literature, grey literature, and current scholars. A map appendix and glossary is at the end of the book.

910.285 H622i 2011 
An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.2011.

This book is organized into 13 chapters in two parts. The first part examines GIS theory and concepts beginning with a brief overview of GIS fundamentals and uses four case studies on key topics of spatial data, database theory,analysis operations, and output. The second part focuses on GIS issues of developments within the field,data quality,organization, and project management. The book also offers an epilogue that ponders the future of GIS. Finally, a references list, glossary, and index aid the reader with definitions and locations of terms and conceptsscholars, and general readers, provides a global perspective on international affairs; geography’s influence on a multitude of policies; and the historical, contemporary, and emerging issues in the multidisciplinary and ever growing field of geopolitics. Featured works include information about key people, national geopolitical practices, scholarly literature, grey literature, and current scholars. A map appendix and glossary is at the end of the book

330.9 Ao94K 
Key Concepts in Economic Geography. 2011.
 (SSHEL RCC)
This textbook introduces readers to central concepts within economic geography through 20+ short essays on contemporary research in the field. An introductory chapter gives a brief overview of recent developments before moving in to the bulk of information—key concepts that provide a more comprehensive examination of the varied aspects of economic geography. Summaries of key points for each concept are provided, as well as suggested readings. Diagrams and tables supplement the text for further entry points into the subject matter.

910 K 52 2008
Key Concepts in Geography. 2008. 
(SSHEL RCC)
This title provides explorations of the use and misuse of the concepts of space, place, time, scale, landscape, nature, systems, globalization, development, and risk in the field of geography. Each concept is presented in two chapters, and the chapters contain a brief definition, the principal arguments, discussion, real-life examples, and an annotated bibliography for further reading. The book also contains introductory and closing chapters about the emergence and divergence of geographical traditions and applied geography respectively.

910.91732 K52 
Key Concepts in Urban Geography. 2009.
 (SSHEL RCC and Online)
This reference book explores different “ways of thinking about what makes cities what they are” (4). Articles on topics such as mobility, architecture, and community are grouped into five major categories: Location and Movement, Constructions, Envisioning and Experience, Social and Political Organization, and Sites and Practices. Each article ends with short list of key concepts related to that topic and a list of further readings. Contains bibliography, author index, and subject index.

304.2 K52 
Key Texts in Human Geography. 2008.
 (Online)
The editors of Key Texts in Human Geography selected texts and excerpts of books that played a major role in the development of the human geography discipline. The collection’s mission is for students to learn about the history of the discipline without reading each book that has had an excerpt taken from it. Highlighted excerpts are arranged by date (1953 to 2005). Each entry contains a bibliography with more topical texts to explore.

910.02 H873p
Physical Geography : The Key Concepts. 2010.
 (SSHEL RCC)
This volume compiles approximately 100 major terms of physical geography, which were chosen for their relevance to the discipline as a whole (ex. energy), relevance to a branch of the discipline (ex. natural selection), and connection to other related disciplines (ex. plate tectonics). Entries are arranged alphabetically, run to several pages each, and include diagrams, charts, and tables. Terms used within definitions that have their own definition sections are bolded. Index includes both defined and related terms.  The intended audience for this book is undergraduate students and interested general readers.

910.285 Sa183
The Sage Handbook of GIS and Society. 2011.
 (Map Library)
This book is a retrospective and prospective overview of GIS and Society research that provides an expansive and critical assessment of work in that field. The audience is researchers, postgraduates, and GIS practitioners. Comprising 27 chapters, often with an international focus, the book is organized into six sections: Foundations of Geographic Information and Society; Geographical Information and Modern Life; Alternative Representations of Geographic; Information and Society; Organizations and Institutions; Participation and Community Issues; and Value, Fairness, and Privacy. An index is included.

910.01 Sa184
The Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge. 2011.  (SSHEL RCC and Online)
Offers a look at areas that have influenced the development of geography today. Information is split into three sections Orientations, Geography's Venues, and Critical Concepts and Controversies. Orientations provides an overview of geography's genealogies and history. Geography's Venues looks at where and how geography is used and researched. The Critical Concepts and Controversies section delves into major topics such as landscape, spatial analysis, social class and ecosystem. Includes many cross references for each topic and detailed index by subject.

320.12 H191
The Sage Handbook of Political Geography. 2008.
 (SSHEL RCC and Online)
This edited work brings together 36 separate articles on current topics in political geography arranged into seven sections, with section having its own introduction. Topics include the definition and development of political geography, conceptions of the “state,” political geography and the environment, the role of political organizations, electoral geography and democracy, and the impacts of uneven global development.  The work is intended to address the “socialization of political geography … [that is] its growing engagement with social and political theory” and the “diversification of political geography.” Some articles include tables and maps, each entry provides extensive references, and there is both a cited-author index and a subject index.

304.2 Sa1842
The Sage Handbook of Social Geographies. 2010. (SSHEL RCC and Online)
This in-depth, edited work addresses the links between geography and the social world at large. Twenty-seven articles in five sections cover social differences and diversities within and across geographic regions; geography’s impacts on social economies, physical and social health, and social justice; and methods for conducting social geography research. Each section includes an introduction and each article includes extensive references, and the volume includes an index.

Springer Handbook of Geographic Information. 2012. (online)
This handbook is compiled of three sections:basics and computer science, geographic information, and applications (such as GIS,legal, etc.). Each chapter covers a unique topic and attempts to provide a complete summary. Includes a list of abbreviations, terms and definitions of the ISO 19100 standards, detailed content lists, and a subject index. 

304.2 W648
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography. 2011.
 (SSHEL RCC and Online)
This book provides an overview of the field of Human Geography. The three main sections are Foundations (the history of human geography from Ancient Greece to the late nineteenth century); The Classics (the roots of modern human geography); and Contemporary Approaches (current issues and themes in human geography). Each issue covered in the Contemporary Approaches section has two chapters offering differing perspectives from two contributors. An index is included.

The World Factbook (online)
Includes information on countries of the world. The content of this site focuses on current statistical data with emphasis on economy, government, transportation, geography, and social environment. Appendices and general reference maps are also included.


 

Research Methods and Writing Guides

Research Guides provide suggestions for finding and using information. Writing guides can help manage and create citations, develop a research plan, and write specific types of articles or papers. 

910.72 K52 2010
Key Methods in Geography. 2010.
(SSHEL RCC)
This book introduces undergraduates to the principal methodological issues involved in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical information. It provides an accessible overview on all issues from research design to presentation and contains definitions of terms from both human geography and physical geography. The book is organized into four parts: Getting Started in Geographical Research; Data Collection in Human Geography; Data Collection in Physical Geography; and Analyzing and Representing Geographical Data. Contains a glossary and index, as well as annotated suggestions for future reading.

910.72 R311
Research Methods in Geography. 2010.
(SSHEL RCC)
This comprehensive textbook offers a conceptual and practical introduction to research methodology, data collection, and techniques used in both human and physical geography. It explores a full range of contemporary geographic techniques; including statistics, mathematical analysis, GIS, and remote sensing. The book includes a series of foundational chapters offering multiple perspectives on the central questions in research methods. It examines the conceptual frameworks and practical issues behind data acquisition and analysis, and how to interpret results. Includes explanations of key terminology and exercises throughout, as well as an index, glossary, and annotated suggestions for further reading.

 


 

Geographic Names

These sources were established to maintain uniform geographic name usages and can include a description and history of place names. 

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online (TGN)
Includes names, descriptions, and other information for places important to art and architecture.

U.S. Board on Geographic Names
The Board on Geographic Names was established to maintain uniform geographic name usage. It provides information for both national and international names of places, including populated areas and physical geographic features.

 


 

Atlases

Atlases of various types; including political, visual/pictorial, climate, country-specific, historical, and population; are located in the Map Library (418 Library).

911 SH4H 1964
Historical Atlas. 1964.
(Map Library Reference)
This collection of maps of the world spans the time of Ancient Egypt until the creation of this edition in 1964. The maps illustrate changes in lands and their occupants over the centuries, often highlighting specific eras preceding or following war; locations of known spoken languages, and era specific drawings, e.g.illustrating the plan of a medieval manor. A table of contents guides the reader by country, event, or people (such as “The Indians in the United States until 1905”) and an index and supplementary index direct the reader primarily by city.

Q. 912 N212n 2010
National Geographic Atlas of the World. 2010.
(Map Library)
This atlas features more than 150,000 place names on 78 map plates; maps are physical, political and thematic. A section on space follows the map plates and features charts of the solar system and maps of the moon and Mars. “Nations” comes after and depicts the names, flags and facts of the world’s countries, which are listed alphabetically. A chart of world time zones and a list of foreign terms provide supplementary information. Finally, an index lists every location represented by the maps; if a location is featured more than once, the index lists the best presentation of that location. User friendly, this atlas offers “how to guides” interspersed throughout the book.

 


 

Statistical Sources and Datasets

Statistical sources contain numerical facts or data. A database is a collection of data.  

A Guide to State and Local Census Geography. (Online)
This guide provides statistics about states, unincorporated territories, and commonwealths.  Statistics include information on American Indian areas, metropolitan areas, counties, county subdivisions, incorporated places, census tracts/block numbering areas, and other information of general geographic interest. The guide also contains tables of selected data from the 2010 Census, figures of census divisions, and a glossary.

DOC. C33 134/5
State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2010. (Government Documents and Online - PDF)
Supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Summarizes social and economic statistics of states, metropolitan areas, and micropolitan areas. Includes data from various government statistical agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and private businesses. Includes a Guide to Tabular Presentation and Explanation of Symbols and Terms.

Simply Map. (Online)
Compiles maps and tabular reports from numerous United States locations and interest variables. Interest variables range from population to quality of lifre to retail sales. Allows users to share maps and reports via URLs, GIF images, and PDF images. 

County & City Data Book. 2007. (Online)
Compilations of census data for counties and large cities. Includes data on population, employment and income, as well as financial, educational and vital statistics.

 


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