Resources in Geography & Geographic Information Science

  • Spring Semester Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-11pm; Fri: 8:30am-6pm; Sat: 11am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-11pm
  •   SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101)
  • (217) 244-1864


Find Articles

Collections of Journals: Databases

Use databases to search multiple online journals at the same time. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

Electronic Journals (E-Journals)

Search or browse individual online journals.



Find Background Information

Reference sources, online or in print, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories. These are great starting points for background information about a specific topic.



Browse Useful Websites

Websites may provide statistics, data, articles, documents, and other information about a specific field of study or employment. Associations, societies, institutions, and government websites are particularly useful.


Develop Research Skills

Research guides provide suggestions for finding and using information about a specific subject or for a specific class. These guides may also give instructions on how to find a specific type of source (e.g. theses) or how to use a specific resource (e.g. Web of Science).

Geography Research Guides

General Research Guides

Class Guides



Use Additional Library Resources

Find Books and Other Material

Search for books, journals, and media by title, author, subject, keywords, material type, or publication date.

Geography Related Libraries and Library Services

Other libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also have geography-related materials and services to assist with your research.



Learn About Other Resources on Campus

Learn about geography resources, research, and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




About the Geography Collection

The Geography Collection in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library supports the instructional and research programs in the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science and the faculty and students in other departments with programs that include particular aspects of geography. Geography research intersects with many other disciplines and the library's collections reflect this. Geographers may be interested in browsing additional collections and resources in anthropology, cartography, computer science, demography, geology, history, and sociology depending upon their research. Books concentrating on geography, discovery and exploration, and climate have been collected by the University Library since its inception, but were not brought together until 1911 when the Natural History Library was formed. The geography collections were moved to the Map Library in 1956 to form the Map & Geography Library (now the Map LIbrary) in Room 418 of the Main Library. The library's geography collection and services transferred to the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) in the the summer of 2011. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) materials are located in both SSHEL and the Map Library. For more information about the geography collection, see the  Geography Collections Statement: 2005 

Please direct all comments or requests for information to Kelly McCusker, or (217) 244-1868.