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Do you live off campus and are using a non-NMU Internet Service Provider? You will also need to have the Cisco VPN Client installed if you continue to be prompted for your username and password when you try and access a database (sorry; will not work with Vista if anyone still has that system). LTE access does not require the VPN.
NMU has pulled out several databases from the many we subscribe to that pertain to geography: they are listed here. If you would like to search across nearly all our databases, use the OneSearch feature:
Full-text articles are available in and out of your initial database: look for the icon (could also be in text form "Request" or "Get this for me").
Another way to get at full-text journals is to search the publisher's/provider's websites directly, or search in a specific subject area at this link.
Issues of national importance that have appeared in the news might have been covered in detail in CQ Researcher at one time or another.
A few videos have been created to help you with research.
Encyclopedia of geography terms, themes, and concepts. G63 .H38 2011
Dictionary of Geography, 2nd ed. G 63 M39 1997. (4th edition online)
What is Geography? ebook
Atlases can be found in the G1000 call number: in reference, the map collection, and the circulating collection.
Encyclopedia of Landforms, vols 1-3. GB 406 .N35 2003
The Handbook of Geographic Information Science, G70.2 H356 2008.
The NMU library has a list of Electronic Reference Sources in geography (as well as statistics, biology, sociology, and others as indicated on the left side of that page), a webpage on Maps, and feel free to use other course guides,
Want to browse the shelves? The call numbers for geography are:
G: Geography (general)
GA: Mathematical Geography, Cartography
GB: Physical Geography
GF: Human Ecology, Anthropogeography
Evaluating Internet Resources: Your topics will undoubtably have concerned interest groups and organizations with their own web presence wanting to convince you one way or another on the subject. Give the groups a critical look. In most cases these websites will link to other resources, and so on.
Voice of the Shuttle. Eccelctic collection of links from UC Santa Barbara.
General Government Documents Resources
USA.gov. Official search engine for the Federal Government (but also includes state, local, and tribal governments as well). Includes all domain names associated with the government besides .gov and.mil.
Catalog of Government Publications from the Government Publishing Office. Many online publicatons directly available from this resource; updated daily.
Search across up to 64 government agencies with MetaLib .
Collections include Environment, Science & Technology, Agriculture, Recreation, Travel & Transportation, and Business & Economy. You can also narrow your search to specific resources within each topic.
Congressional Research Service, the research arm of Congress. These reports provide a background for upcoming legislation or a current topic of interest. There is no one, public source for them. The Dudley Knox Libary has a webpage listing where these reports are found.
The Federal Register.
Contains notices, proposed rules, final rules, and Presidential documents. In the case of many proposed and finalized rules, a lengthy background of the topic is provided.
Michigan & Upper Peninsula Resources
NMU's Michigan Government Documents webpage and Local & Regional webpage. Also, Portals to the Past: A Bibliographical and Resource Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, by Dr. Russell Magnaghi, has an extensive collection of citations.
MSU Extension. And nationally, extension.org. Extension services have provided non-formal education and learning activities to people throughout the country — to farmers and other residents of rural communities as well as to people living in urban areas. They emphasize taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it directly to the people to create positive changes.
Specific Agencies (with a geographic subject matter?)
USGS Publications Warehouse. Searchable index of materials dating back to 1880. Many are full-text. Website contains additional links to USGS resources.
Treesearch. U.S. Forest Service research database. Includes many non-agency publications that pertain to managing forests.
Zotero. A free program that helps you organize your resources. Works with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (not Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer).
Purdue University's The OWL. A well-known and popular website for writing resources.
Citing a map? The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives has posted a guide Best Practices in Citation of Cartographic Materials.
NMU's Writing Center. It's yours. Use it.
Annotated bibliography: Writing an Annotated Bibliogaphy (University of Guelph), and some examples: Climate Ready Great Lakes: An Annotated Bibliography, Core List for an Environmental Reference Collection (from the EPA), and Texas Reference Sources.
Communicating in geography and the environmental science, 3rd.ed. G70 H35 2006.
Evaluating research in academic journals: a practical guide to realistic evaluation, 4th ed. H 62 .P97 2008
Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. H 61.8 .G3 1999
Geography, history and concepts: a student's guide. Holt-Jensen, Arlid. G70 .H613 1999
Integrating Stakeholders and Users into the Geography Discipline's Research Process. Publication from the USGS. To sum up: remember who you are writing with, for and to.
Critically analyzing information sources. Resource from Cornell.
The Geographical Association (UK). Publisher of Geography (G73 .A15).
CataList: The Official Catalog of LISTSERV Lists. Sign up for one or more in your field. As for blogs, Antipode (a Radical Geography Community) has a lsit of them, and a list of "Geographers that blog (relatively frequently)" from Sam Kinsley. Perhaps you've found a researcher in your field that has one, or has a social networking presence: follow them.
Sign up for publisher alerts through your favorite social networking program, from within a database or directly from the publisher.
Continuing on in Geography? The College Blue Book (online and print REF LA226 .C685) is a 6 volume set describing colleges in the U.S. and Canada.. Volume 1 contains narrative descriptions of colleges, volume 2 is tabular data, volume 3 is degrees offered by college and subject, volume 4 is occupational education , volume 5 is scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans, and finally volume 6 is distance learning programs.
U.S. News and World Reports ranks the best colleges every year. NMU has electronic access in a variety of databases to this magazine, and U.S. News and World Reports provides a free sample of these rankings.
If you need help with any of these resources (or found some others you'd like to see added), ask for assistance at the Library's Reference Desk (227-2294), use the live chat, or contact Bruce Sarjeant, Reference, Documents & Maps Librarian (227-1580).