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Geography & Geology Research Guide
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Geography & Geology

Department of Geography & Geology
Departmental Research Guide

This research guide relays some basic information on library and information resources pertaining to the concerns of this department, as provided by University Libraries and/or sites on the World Wide Web.

1. LC Call Nos.    2. Find Articles    3. Ref Collection    4. G & G Faculty    5. Prof. Societies    6. Websites

1. To Shelf-Browse for Books (using main Library of Congress Subject Divisions)

Books on subjects associated with this field are shelved under the call number ranges listed below. Use TOPCAT to search for specific items in the collection, or more narrowly-defined subjects.

World Regional Geographies/Histories (D's, E's & F's) ------- General Geography (G) ------- Cartography etc. (GA) ------- Regional & Physical Geography (GB) ------- Oceanography (GC) ------- General Environmental Sciences (GE) ------- Human Ecology (GF) ------- Population Geography/Migration (HB1951 - HB2577) ------- Economic History & Conditions (HC & HD) ------- General & Urban Transportation (HE131 - HE333) ------- Commercial/Economic Geography (HF1025 - HF1027) ------- Human Settlements & Cities (HT) ------- Geopolitics/Nationalism (JC319 - JC323) ------- City Planning/Beautifying (NA9000 - NA9428) ------- Meteorology & Climatology (QC851 - QC999) ------- Phytogeography (QK101 - QK474) ------- Soil Science (S590 - S599) ------- Natural Resource Conservation (S900 - S972) ------- Survey Methods (TA590 - TA597) ------- various bibliographic subjects (Z)

Regional & Physical Geography (GB) ------- Oceanography (GC) ------- Geophysics & Geomagnetism (QC801 - QC849) ------- Geology (all main subjects) (QE) ------- Mining (TN) ------- various bibliographic subjects (Z)

2a. To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following services are recommended for use by first-year students and nonmajors:

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)  
    These two (see below) all-subject WWW-based services (they are part of the EBSCOhost system) feature indexing and abstracting of many journals and magazines WKU Libraries receives in hardcopy, plus a large selection of articles in full-text.
  • Masterfile Premier (EBSCOhost)
    See above.
  • Science (Magazine) Online (AAAS)  
  • Google Scholar  
    A free Web-based Google service that restricts searches to the scholarly literature. Now features linking to full-text of articles held by WKU.
  • GreenFile (EBSCOhost)
    This EBSCOhost-based database covers literature on man's impact on the environment.
  • Social Sciences Index
    A paper product that indexes a good number of geography- and other social sciences-related journals. Located in Helm Reference at AI3 .S62 (ref.per.ind.).

2b. To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following services are recommended for use by advanced students and researchers:

Special Resources

3. Monographic and Other Reference Materials in the Helm Library and Kentucky Building

Handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc. are available in Helm Reference, mainly in the G, GA, GB, GC, GE, GF, QC801-QC999, QE, and TD parts of the collection. The following are recommended for use:

  • The Columbia Gazetteer G103.5 .C65x
  • Encyclopedia of Geomorphology GB400.3 .E53
  • Encyclopedia of Caves & Karst Science GB601 .E535 
  • Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences GC9 .E57 
  • Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences QC854 .E522 
  • Significant Tornadoes QC955.5 .U6.G733x 
  • The Weather Almanac QC983.W38 
  • Dana's New Mineralogy QE372.D23 
  • Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology QE770.J6. 

4. Department of Geography & Geology Faculty

Meteorology, Climatology, Hydroclimatology, Hydrology

Science Librarian

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