Welcome to the Geography LibGuide
Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
The Library Search services will help you discover books, journals, articles, audio visual material and more on your chosen topic. This is a good place to start when you are beginning to research a topic as you can draw on content from a variety of different sources.
Search for print and online books, journals, articles + more. Library Search LibGuide available for guidance.
Penryn Library Search
Search the print and streaming media collections that you have access to at Penryn campus.
During your studies you may need to look at different aspects of geography. The following tabs provide key topic areas for physical and human geography.
The terms can be used as a starting point in Library Search to explore the resources available to you. They can be used to access hundreds of online books related to geography, find print books in the Forum Library or find Journal Titles and articles that relate to your research/study area, drawn from a wide range of full text sources.
Print books are arranged in Dewey Decimal Classification order. This means that books on similar topics are grouped together. Find out more with our Classmarks guide.
For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged below.
|Cultural Geography||Population Geography / demography|
|Economic Geography||Social Geography|
|Political and Geopolitics||Urban Geography|
|Biogeography||Hydrology and Hydrography|
|Climatology and Meteorology||Landscape ecology|
There are a wide range of online resources that will help you trace books, journal articles and much more, to support your study and research. Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.
Explore the how to find resources guide as a starting point.
Research databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc that match your search criteria. They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field.
Use the Environment Complete tutorials for an introduction to the database.
Use the Web of Science LibGuide for comprehensive support and training.
You can see a fuller list in the A-Z database listing under Geography.
You can use the following services to explore research materials available elsewhere
Library hub discover - Search a trial database of UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues.
WorldCAT - search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world.
The European Library - access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
The Library of Congress - catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections in the USA.
CORE - gives an incredibly fast search of the full-text of 80M open access research resources
You are likely to use a wide range of different types of information sources for your study and research.
As well as academic sources such as books and journals, you may wish to consult news sources, official publications, statistics etc.
Use the online support highlighted here to guide your searching.
Find out more on the News LibGuide
Find out more in the Official Publications LibGuide.
Statistics is the science of collecting, analysing and presenting numerical data.
Statistical data can be found on a huge variety of subjects, for example the economy, employment, the environment, government, health, international trade, manufacturing, and population.
They can be a vital source of information for your studies.
Find out more on the Statistics LibGuide.
If you would like to find films and documentaries, these are some of the key resources.
For more audiovisual resources, see the A-Z database list.
The following tabs highlight a range of Geography specific information sources which you may wish to consult. You may also find topic guides such as the Tourism Management LibGuide and Primary Source LibGuide useful.
To explore further resources visit the Searching for specific types of information libguide.
The Census (UK) is undertaken by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Census data is available to academic institutions via the UK Data Service. The Census Data LibGuide provides full details about the resources available to you and how to effectively search these resources.
We have extensive access to map resources through our Digimap collections. They provides online access to contemporary, historical, topographic, thematic maps and more. To explore our map collections take a look at the maps Libguide.
GIS is a system that collects, displays, manages and analyzes geographic information. GIS is used for many purposes that range from calculating space, analyzing spatial relationships, patterns or trends to cartography, visualization, and site management. GIS Software available includes ArcGIS Online. There are many resources available to help you on the GIS resources LibGuide.
If you would like to find resources on using statistics for geographical research here are some introductory texts.
Use the Search Techniques LibGuides for lots of hints and tips on successful online searching
As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.
Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations. Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.
For more guidance take a look at:
Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research.
It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.
Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.