This library guide is designed to introduce undergrduate students to "starting points" for studies in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Search Summon to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Scholarly & Peer-Review, Journal Article and Discipline to obtain high quality, academic literature (see diagram below).

You can also limit your search to many other sources in Summon, such as books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. While many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences, they do not have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.

You can also search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features, only contain scholarly literature and search results are more precise.

Subject-Specific databases for geography:

Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and journal articles from other libraries through RACER but you need to register before you can start using it.

Refine a search in Summon using filters

Geographers most often use APA citation style. Link to APA Citation Style web guide for basic instructions.

Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information

Alternate Citation Guides:

Writing Guides: