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Information about doing geography research at the University of North Texas Libraries.


Welcome to the research guide for Geography.

This guide is designed to support basic research needs of the Department of Geography & the Environment. Because the courses and faculty research interests in the Department of Geography & the Environment are very interdisciplinary, there may be better resources to meet your research needs than what's included here.

If you do not find what you need on this guide, please email Robbie Sittel, the Subject Librarian for the Dept. of Geography and the Environment for help.

Starting Your Research

Reference Sourcessuch as encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries, are a good place to start your research because they provide:

  • background on a topic 
  • historical research
  • potential keywords for your catalog and database searches

Books in both print and electronic format provide:

  • in-depth coverage of a topic, broad in scope and usually historical
  • information that is two to three years old by the publication date
  • indexes where you can check if the book contains your topic

Articles in both print and electronic format provide: 

  • the most current source of peer-reviewed information
  • focused research, narrow in scope
  • literature reviews

Websites must be evaluated for credibility, authority and accuracy before using and provide:

  • the most current information on a topic (but not necessarily peer-reviewed)
  • obscure, hard-to-find information

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