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As you study geography, you will find that you need to look at resources that span disciplines.  Given your class emphasis on developmental prospects and environmental change, resources in Geography,History, and Science might all contain useful information for your projects.  These library databases will provide a broad spectrum of resources:

World Geography & Culture Online 
Formerly called World Atlas, World Geography & Culture Online is a comprehensive resource covering over 200 countries. It includes information on geography, people and culture, weather, and more. Additionally, it includes over 1600 maps, several comparison tools, and many news articles.

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,600 scholarly publications, including full text for more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.

Historical Abstracts

A searchable bibliography of articles and book reviews relating to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).


ScienceDirect is one of the best resources for scientific information. It is also an important source for research in Business, Computer Science, Economics, and more. Access over 1,200 peer reviewed academic journals and over 30 million abstracts.

Provides access to scholarly, government, and general interest publications on humans' effects impacts on the environment. Includes topics such as climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, and recycling.

Mountains, South Georgia
Mountains. Photography.
Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 7 Sep 2014.

Depending on your specific project, there are other databases which could be useful to you.  Try browsing this alphabetical list of databases for other resources.