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Geography: Search Tips

Use this guide to find information for geography classes across the curriculum.

Geography Research Plan

Before you even begin looking for resources, spend a few minutes developing a research plan. This can help you focus your ideas and help determine where you should start.

  • Look at the assignment
    • What are you being required to create?
    • How many resources do you need?
    • Do you need scholarly sources?
  • What are the key topics?
    • Place
    • Time Period
    • Historical Trends
    • Specific Event
    • Specific Peoples
  • Is your topic interdisciplinary?
    • Should you look at other databases if your topic overlaps with politics, history, or other topic?
  • Visuals
    • Do you need to analyze or include images, maps, or data?


When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. Below is a list of keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use this on their own or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • City Planning
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Climatology
  • Diaspora
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geospatial
  • Human Geography
  • Immigration
  • Land Use
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Migration
  • Physical Geography
  • Rural Communities
  • Urban Communities
  • Weather