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GEOG 3750 - Geography of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa: Introduction and Books

GEOG 3750 deals with the geographical and cultural diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa and the associated problems and prospects for economic development. It examines the opportunities, constraints, and dilemmas of Sub-Saharan Africa's diverse physical and cu

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This LibGuide is designed to help you get started with your research. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started:

1) All UNT Library electronic resources are available all the time and even off campus. If off campus, you'll just need to log-in using your EUID and password and then you're all set!

2) The main library website has several options to you started:

  • The "Search It All" tab takes your keywords and searches across all resource platforms to try to identify relevant hits
  • The "Online Articles" tab refines your keyword search to just online articles
  • The "Books & More" tab refines your keyword search to include books, media, video and music formats
  • The "Databases" tab allows you to either search for a keyword of find a database pertinent to your topic (which you can then search for your topic)
  • The "e-Journals" tab does the same thing as the Databases tab, except does the search within electronic journals
  • The "UNT Digital Collections" and "UNT Special Collections" tabs refine your search to the documents and other collection materials found within UNT-specific collections

3) The majority of the Geography book collection is found at the Sycamore Library, which is located in Sycamore Hall

  • Relevant call number ranges are as follows:
    • G70: Geographic Information Systems
    • GF: Human Geography
    • GB: Physical Geography
    • GE: Environmental Sciences
    • QE: Geology
  • The Sycamore Library also holds part of the UNT Libraries' map collection, including CIA country maps
  • The UNT Libraries use the Library of Congress cataloging system, which means that like topics are shelved next to each other. It's likely that if you do a search for one book, you might find an even better one nearby!

4) Additional things to consider when evaluating the quality of the resource:

  • What is the name recognition of he/she/them/it? Is it a big, reputable name? Or is it someone/thing no one's ever heard of?
  • If it's an article, is it peer-reviewed?
  • How old is it? Something from 1900 might be relevant... But it might also be irrelevant in light of modern research/knowledge.
  • Does the title and/or abstract seem relevant? If not, then you may not want to take the time to read it.
  • How many references or citations does the resource have?
  • If it's an Open Access resource, is it considered a "predatory publication" - meaning that it uses less than reputable publishing practices?

5) Additional library resources:

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