Geography - Recommended Sources

Books and ebooks

You can search for books and ebooks using the Library Catalogue, via Discovery.  When looking specifically fo rebooks try searching here or individual ebook providers e.g. Ebook Central or MyiLibrary.

Below are listed useful book and ebook search tools relevant to geography students.

Also available as an electronic resource within Credo Reference.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

An online reference collection, featuring full-text content from subject-specific reference titles. Do a keyword search of the whole collection or browse for a reference work by subject. Get help planning your research by visualising your topic with a concept map.

This encyclopedia has a very wide coverage of topics within the Quaternary sciences reflecting the complex and interdisciplinary nature of the science.

The Library Catalogue contains details of books, journals, DVDs and other materials held by the library in physical form as well as many resources available electronically (eg. e-books and databases).

A 'search term' may be all or part of a title, author, publisher or simply subject keywords.

A guide to the using the library catalogue can be found here

This resource is an interdisciplinary module of regularly updated, peer reviewed ‘featured articles’ written by individuals or groups of experts in a particular field. The range of subject areas include Atmospheric Sciences, Bioscience, Energy and Natural Resources, Geoscience, Global Change, Hydrology and Oceanography. This contains Treatise of Geomorphology, Geophysics and Geochemistry.

This collection consists of 130 titles covering a wide range of earth science and geography topics e.g. Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards.

A collection of approximately 900 ebooks from Springer published before 1990 on earth and environmental sciences

Additional Sources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

• Digimap 

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We have access to Digimap, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap, Aerial Digimap and Marine Digimap. A video guide is also available for this resource:

The UNDP commissions the annual Human Development Report which focuses the global debate on key development issues.

Resources to find statistics

Key facts and statistics for every country in the world, plus very useful, background essays by country experts covering the contemporary history, politics and economics of each country. There are also background essays on international and regional organisations. The statistics are searchable and let you create comparative charts across countries.

• Eurostat 

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union and its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

Whilst the UK data sets cover such areas as employment, and family expenditure, the international data sets from major bodies such as the IMF, OECD and World Bank are well worth exploring – often giving information down to country level (previously ESDS).

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data

Official statistics from the UK Government.

Provides access to a wide range of thematic data and links to regional and neighbourhood statistics.

Your Subject Team

Ann Hindson & Sarah Weston

Faculty Librarians


Phone: (023) 9284 3236

Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3339

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