This guide is designed for masters and Phd students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Use Summon to perform 'one search' to find books, journal articles, newspaper articles, videos, and many other types of published literature. It searches almost all of our collections and databases, simultaneously.

If you know the title of a specific book, journal article, or journal, just type in the full title in the search box.

If you are keyword searching in Summon:

  • Combine keywords with AND
  • Combine synonyms with OR
  • Use truncation * (asterisk) at the end of a root word to find all forms of the word, ie: mineral* (will retrieve minerals, mineralogy, mineralogical, etc.)

When you get your results, use the filters on the left side of the screen to Refine your search

Note: If you are searching Summon from off campus, you must login if you want to be able to access the full text of journal articles and ebooks.

Google Scholar

Before you search Google Scholar, you must select preferences in the settings menu. Once you set and save your preferences, you will be able to link to the library's online resources retreived with a Google Scholar search. Consult the Google Scholar Search Tips guide for more information.

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. Consult the following recommended lists:

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.

Cited Reference Searching is most often used for finding articles that cite a particular work. Many databases provide citation counts for individual articles.

Why is this important?

  • Keeping track of who has cited a given work can help you gauge the impact that article has in the discipline

  • To find citation counts for geography, use Web of Science, or Scopus

  • If the article has been cited, the database will provide a link to the citing articles

  • Cited Reference Searching Help Guide

Search Alerts Help Guide - search alerts are a current awareness service that helps researchers stay current in what is being published in their field via email.

There are many free citation or document management systems available. The library provides support for the following:

  • Mendeley
  • Zotero
  • EndNote Basic

Attend a workshop that demonstrates the common features of these tools. Send an email to to register for a workshop, or arrange for one-on-one consultation.

Consult the Citation Management Help Guide for more information.

Books & Encyclopedias

Nvivo Software

Nvivo is qualitative data analysis software intended to help researchers organize and analyz data, identify trends, and cross examine information in a variety of ways.  Consult the NVIVO service web page for more information about this tool and training workshops.

Web Sites

Publishing Guides

Self Archiving

  • SHERPA/RoMEO - standard tool for researchers to easily navigate academic publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies when depositing scholarly articles in an institututional repository.
  • CURVE is Carleton's insitutional repository which collects, preserves and provides open access to the academic research output and creative works of Carleton faculty and scholars.

Open Access


Journal Rankings

Citation-based metrics used for ranking journals. This may be important for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assesing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline
  • tenure and promotion in academic circles
  • Consult the Journal Rankings Help Guide for more information


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