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Welcome to the UR research guide for Geography! Use this guide to learn more about the library's rich resources in geography--you can access books, databases, journals, and websites from this page. 

If you need any help with your research, please contact Samantha Guss, liaison librarian for Geography & the Environment, using the contact info at right.

Background information & key reference works in geography

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to obtain an overview of your subject, an understanding of basic concepts, a summary of key issues, and definitions.  Articles frequently include bibliographies and may refer you to other entries on related topics. 

  • Atlas of Global Development / World Bank
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World
         REF G103.5 .C645 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science
         REF G63 .E555 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Human Geography
         REF GF4 .E54 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Tourism
         REF G155 .A1 E4295 2000
  • Literature of Travel and Exploration: an Encyclopedia
         REF G465 .L565 2003
  • Penguin Dictionary of Geography
         REF G63 .C562 2003
  • Placenames of the World
         REF G105 .R66 2006
  • A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts
         REF G70.212 H38 2008
  • World Geographical Encyclopedia
         REF G63 .E5213 1995
  • World Geography
         REF G133 .E48 2002

Social Sciences Librarian

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Samantha Guss
Office: 182 Boatwright Library,
Research & Collaborative Area
Phone (Fall 2020: use email instead): 804-289-8851

FALL 2020: WORKING MOSTLY REMOTELY, but email me to schedule a Zoom consultation or I can help you via email -- get in touch any time!
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