David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Geography Resources

Books, Atlases, and Maps in the Library

The Cheng Library's geography collection includes books, videos, journals, online resources, atlases, and a variety of maps. Most of the materials located in the Library can be found using the online catalog. You can search using any words that describe your topic. Some of the most common terms used to classify geographical materials in the Library's collection include:

  • Atlases
  • Agricultural geography
  • Biogeography
  • Cartography
  • Commercial geography
  • Economic geography
  • Geographic information systems
  • Historical geography
  • Human geography
  • Maps
  • Medical geography
  • Military geography
  • Physical geography
  • Rural geography
  • Transportation geography
  • Urban geography

The Cheng Library uses Library of Congress subject headings and call numbers. For a complete listing, see the Library of Congress Classification System.


Geography-related books can be found by call number in the following locations:

Subject Heading: Call Number Range:
Geography, General (Includes GIS) G 1 - 922
Atlases G 1101 - 3122
Maps G 3160 - 9980
Mathematical Geography GA 1 - 87
Cartography GA 100 - 1776
Physical Geography (Includes Geomorphology and Hydrology) GB 1 - 5030
Oceanography GC 1 - 1581
Environmental Sciences GE 1 - 350
Human Ecology, Anthropogeography (Includes Urban Geography) GF 1 - 900
Population Geography HB 848 - 3697
Land Use HD 101 - 1395
Meteorology, Climatology QC 851 - 999
Medical Geography RA 791-955

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Articles in Journals Using Library Databases

The Library provides access to a large number of journals and other periodicals in geography by subscription through several databases, and these can be browsed using the following links:

In most cases, however, you will use databases to search for articles on specific subjects in geography. Some of the more useful databases for this purposes are:

Academic Search Premier
Full-text database covers a variety of different subject areas. It includes articles from over 100 specialized periodicals in the field of geography. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
Bibliographic database includes citations from a cross-section of social science disciplines, including hundreds of articles in such areas as medical and health geography, social and political geography, and so forth. Links in citations will lead to full articles in many cases. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
GEOBASE
Bibliographic database contains over 600,000 citation records covering the scholarly literature of geography, geology, and ecology. Materials indexed in GEOBASE include articles from over 1,800 journals, books, conference proceedings, and special reports. Links in citations will lead to full articles in many cases. Please note that access to this database is available only on campus.
ScienceDirect
Full-text e-journal collection includes articles from over 30 specialized journals in the fields of geography, planning and development, plus several more from related subject disciplines. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Proquest Complete
ProQuest Central is a large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. Over 160 subjects areas are covered extensively in this product including business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, social sciences, and more. The publications include over 6,500 scholarly journals, over 3,600 trade publications, over 2,000 magazines and newspapers, and over 800 industry reports, plus dissertations and theses, company annual reports, and videos. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Gazetteers for Geography

Companion Encyclopedia of Geography: The Environment and Humankind / edited by Ian Douglas, Richard Huggett, and Mike Robinson. - London ; New York : Routledge, 1996. - xxviii, 1021 p. : ill., maps; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF G116.C645
45 topical chapters dealing with the interrelationships between the human species and its habitat. The book's sections address: the evolution of the physical environment and the impact of cultural systems; the last three centuries of modification of the ecosphere by human activities; the complexity of new environmental and social forces that have had an impact on the human habitat since; the contemporary problems of ecological degradation and socioeconomic inequities; interpretations of recent theoretical developments in geography; and the future of the discipline. The essays all include tables, diagrams, maps, and up-to-date lists of references.
The Dictionary of Physical Geography, Third Edition - Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. - xiv, 610 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF GB10.D53
This dictionary covers several areas in physical geography, including geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, the Quaternary, environmental change, zoogeography, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, and the human impact on physical geography. Broader concepts and terms receive extended treatment, with lengthier definitions often supplemented by examples, illustrations, brief bibliographies, and cross-references
Firefly Geography Dictionary. - Toronto: Firefly Books, 2003. - 256 p. : col. ill., col. maps; 20 cm. - Includes index. - Call Number: REF G63.F56
More than 1,500 entries and 130 illustrations for words and concepts in physical, human, and environmental geography. Related terms appear in boldface and as cross-references. Also includes helpful illustrations.
Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia, Third Edition / John F. McCoy, project editor. - Detroit: Thomson-Gale, 2003. - xi, 704 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - Call Number: REF G103.5.G36
This geographical reference work is organized by national political units, but its emphasis is physical geography. Each entry features a national black-and-white map, with physical features named and mountain ranges shaded. Includes topographic and climatic descriptions, with several categorical headings and quantitative data. Supplemented with bibliographies, 19 world ranking lists, and a glossary of physiographic terms.
International GIS Dictionary / Rachael McDonnell and Karen Kemp. - New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995. - 111 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. - Includes bibliographical references (p. 111). - Call Number: REF G70.212.M33
Brief dictionary of the most common terms in GIS, plus a list of commonly used acronyms. Supplemented by illustrations.
The Oxford Dictionary of the World / [edited by] David Munro. - New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. - 686, 16 p. : 16 col. maps; 24 cm. - Call Number: REF G103.5.O94
Despite the title, this is a gazetteer focusing more on political than physical features. Place-name changes and etymology are included in entires, and political subunits are set off in shaded sections. Supplemented by useful charts and political/physical maps in color.
The Penguin Dictionary of Geography, Third Edition / Audrey N. Clark. - New York: Penguin Books, 2003. - ix, 467 p. : ill., maps; 20 cm. - Call Number: REF G63.C562
Compact, one-volume dictionary contains clear and concise definitions of thoussands of terms in the major areas of geography. An excellent quick-reference guide to terms.

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Statistical Geo-Data

GEO-DATA Explorer (United States Geological Survey)
Use GEO-DATA Explorer (GEODE) to access, view, and download information from geo-spatial databases containing a broad spectrum of data produced by the USGS and other government agencies.
http://geode.usgs.gov/

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Professional Associations in Geography

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Web Directories to Geographical Information

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Subject Resources

Cartography

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Climatology

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Earth Surface Processes

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Geographical Information Systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing

Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data
GIS users can download Census 2000 TIGER/Line Data in shapefile format for an area of interest. Users can choose multiple data layers for a single county or a single data layer for multiple counties and analyze them using ArcGIS Desktop software.
http://www.esri.com/data/download/census2000-tigerline/
GeoCommunity
Web site oriented to technical professionals in GIS provides links to news, data, software, and other resources.
http://www.geocomm.com/
geodata.gov: U.S. Maps and Data
The geodata.gov portal, also known as the Geospatial One-Stop, serves as a public gateway for improving access to geospatial information and data under the Geospatial One-Stop e-government initiative. The geodata.gov portal is designed to facilitate communication and sharing of geographic data and resources to enhance government efficiency and improve citizen services.
http://www.geodata.gov
Geography Network
The Geography Network is a global network of geographic information users and providers. It provides the infrastructure needed to support the sharing of geographic information among data providers, service providers, and users around the world. Through the Geography Network, you can access many types of geographic content including dynamic maps, downloadable data, and more advanced Web services. The site is sponsored by ESRI, a major commercial provider of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software.
http://www.geographynetwork.com
The GIS Gateway
This page, hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau, offers connections to many Geographic Information Systems (GIS) resources available on the Internet.
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gis_gateway.html
GIS.com
GIS.com is a portal to GIS information on the Web and was created by ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), a GIS software developer. The site is intended to educate anyone interested in geographic technology on the value that technology brings to their day-to-day activities. The site also provides GIS users with resources to help them in their work.
http://gis.com/
National Atlas
Online version of a standard government publication now includes a large collection of online and downloadable mapping and GIS resources.
http://www.nationalatlas.gov/
National Map Seamless Server Viewer
The National Map Seamless Server is a location to explore and retrieve data. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the EROS Data Center (EDC) are committed to providing access to geospatial data through The National Map. An approach is to provide free downloads of national base layers, as well as other geospatial data layers. These layers are divided into framework categories: Places, Structures, Transportation, Boundaries, Hydrography, Orthoimagery, Land Cover, and Elevation. Along with providing access to the data, the site contains: a tutorial to help with downloads, information about the downloadable products, frequently asked questions, and links to product homepages and information pages.
http://seamless.usgs.gov
New Jersey Geographic Information Network
The NJ Geographic Information Network (NJGIN) is maintained by the New Jersey Office of Information Technology, Office of GIS. NJGIN features a searchable geospatial data catalog and provides information about New Jersey's GIS community - including upcoming events and job openings.
https://njgin.state.nj.us/NJ_NJGINExplorer/index.jsp

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Natural Resources and Environment

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Population Geography

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Urban-Economic Geography

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About.com's Geography Page
Well-organized site maintained by a California State University graduate student includes 30 sub-categories covering a wide range of topics in physical and human geography.
http://geography.about.com/education/geography/
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html
The Earth from Space: An Astronaut's Views of the Home Planet
This NASA site features over 250,000 images taken from orbit. Categorized and searchable.
http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/
Envirofacts Maps on Demand (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
The web-based mapping tools available at this site allow you to create maps for places in the coterminous United States using a variety of environmental data. The "EnviroMapper" tool "allows users to view spatial data at the national, state, and county levels, as well as utilize GIS functionality, such as displaying multiple spatial layers, zooming, panning, identifying features, and querying single Envirofacts points."
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/mod/
National Geographic
The National Geographic Society's web site includes news, features, and an online MapMachine capable of generating dynamic maps organized around such themes as political, political, and cultural geography, climate and weather, and census statistics.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/main.html
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (University of Texas Library)
This electronic map collection consists of approximately 2,400 maps in the public domain. The maps, taken from the library's print collection, have been scanned and placed online in image file formats. Includes many historical U.S. maps and other maps from around the world.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/Map_collection.html
TIGER® Mapping Service (United States Census Bureau)
TIGER®, an acronym which stands for Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing, is a "system and digital database developed at the Census Bureau to support its mapping needs for the Decennial Census and other Bureau programs." Using census and other geographical data, the mapping service can generate detailed maps of any location in the United States.
http://tiger.census.gov/
TopoZone
This site specializes in topographic maps and claims to have "every USGS 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States; Alaska (1:63,360) and Puerto Rico (1:20,000) will be coming soon."
http://www.topozone.com/
United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It was designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability. The site features maps, images, statistics, and other factual information.
http://www.oceansatlas.com/
WeatherNet
Forecasts, radar and satellite tracking of weather conditions, special weather maps, links, and other weather-related information; a non-profit service hosted by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/
World Wide Web Virtual Library: Geography
http://geography.pinetree.org/

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Maintained by Richard Kearney
Last Updated: January 18, 2007