The academic discipline of Geography is split into two main sub-areas: Physical Geography, and Human Geography.
Physical geography looks at the natural world from a spatial perspective. Human geography looks at humans and human culture from a spatial perspective.
Physical geography in practice looks a lot like natural science, while human geography in practice looks a lot like humanities (anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, etc.).
The key difference is the use of a spatial perspective in the questions and analyses.
Streaming Films @ the Library
Films on Demand | Geography
Thousands of streaming educational videos in an online video collection.
National Geographic Education | Travel Videos
Provides access to the Society’s scientific, and exploration media for education.
TED Talks | Geography
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics.
Books @ the LibraryG The library contains both print and online books students may find useful in understanding and researching geography. Printed books such as Atlases can be found in the G section of the shelves. Atlases can also be found in subject specific areas, we recommend using OneSearch to find the book you need.
A Dictionary of Geography (print Reference G 63 .M39 2009) For terms in academic geography
Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary (via Credo Reference, via print Stacks G 103.5 .W42 1997) For names of places
The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Geography (via Credo Reference)
The Dictionary of Human Geography (via Credo Reference)
The Dictionary of Physical Geography (via Credo Reference)
Historical Atlas of Washington (print Reference F 891 .S38 1988)
Atlas of World Population History (print Stacks HB 851 .M32)
Scholarly Journals & Research Databases
These are the best best places to look for geographical or cultural information as well as a wide selection of maps.
Cartography is also generally found in geography — it’s the study of and creation of maps, informed by the study of graphic design and human perception and cognition.
History of Cartography From the University of Chicago Press, 3 volumes available as pdfs.
The library houses a collection of maps you can check out such as:
Flat Maps: Under the stairs by the Reference Desk
Rolled Maps: Mainly for classroom use but are available upon request. Please ask for assistance.
Folded Maps: Shelved in the Stacks.
Outline Maps: Look for Outline Maps on File (print Reference G 1046 .A1F3 2002)All these maps can be discovered through OneSearch logo and link by selecting Available at the Library and then under 'Resource Type' choose Maps.
Finding Maps Online
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
In recent years GIS have been added to the geographer’s repertoire. GIS uses computers as a tool for analyzing spatial data. GIS data can also be used in cartography.
QGIS: A free and open source Geographic Information System.
Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science (via EBSCO eBooks)
“Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS” from Portland State University Library.
University of Oxford: School of Geography and the Environment Podcasts
These online audio resources consist of lectures, seminars and interviews from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
A VerySpatial Podcast (Geography… in Stereo): “your weekly source for information on Geography and geospatial technologies. Geography touches most things we do everyday and geospatial technologies are taking over the world. This podcast seeks to point out how geo is filtering into our digital lives and daily lives.”
National Geographic Weekend hosted by Boyd Matson. Explore the full archive of National Geographic Weekend shows from 2007-2012.
The Geo Quiz: from PRI’s The World challenges your knowledge of people and places, geography and culture. Created by journalists in the newsroom, each Geo Quiz question comes with its own answer, a fascinating report or interview that reveals a mystery location. Subscribe to the podcast.