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Geography (physical)

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  • Jennifer [dot] Zhao [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-1273
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Course guides for Geography

1. Sources for background information

If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. Start with:

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Explore other reference sources from Oxford Reference Online.

2. Searching the library catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - geography, geograph?, hydrology, deforestation, etc.

Search tips for the library catalogue

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. geograph? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words geography, geographic, geographical, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "third world" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase third world
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. geography AND (geosphere OR biosphere) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word geography AND either geosphere OR biosphere

Searching using keywords and LC subject headings

  • When conducting a search by topic in the catalogue, start with a keyword search using a simple, one-word term or phrase.
  • To build a more manageable set, click on the Limit Results button and apply one of the available limits.
  • Once you have found some relevant items by searching using keywords, click on the title and examine the full view of each. By clicking on LC Subject, you will find other items on the same subject.
  • Get more catalogue search tips.

You can also browse the catalogue, or the shelves at the following call numbers

Geography (General)
Mathematical geography. Cartography
Physical Geography
Geomorphology. Landforms. Terrain
Hydrology. Water
Natural disasters
Environmental sciences

3.1 Core databases for Geography

3.2 Additional databases for Geography

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
    all aspects of agriculture and related disciplines
  • BIOSIS Previews
    biology, environmental biology, biotechnology, agriculture
  • PAIS International
    political, social and public policy issues
  • CAB Abstracts
    agriculture, forestry, rural development
  • Compendex
    all aspects of engineering, including transportation, pollution, soils, hydrology
    physics, electrical engineering, computers and computing, control theory, including remote sensing, GPS and GIS
  • Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts
    meteorology, astrophysics, physical oceanography, hydrology, environmental sciences and glaciology
  • GreenFILE
    topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more
  • PapersFirst (OCLC)
    Papers presented at conferences worldwide from 1993 to current
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    abstracts of doctoral dissertations and master's theses, as well as over 600,000 full text dissertations and theses

All McGill students and staff may order materials not available at McGill using COLOMBO (interlibrary loan)

4. Selected Internet sites for Geography

5. Other resources

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