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Reference Resources

Another way to gather search terms and to get a good sense of the "big picture" for your topic is to spend a few minutes with some Reference Room resources--encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, etc.  You can find search terms, quick reference statistics, easy-to-read maps, and get more information about the context of your topic.  Of the 122 resources with "Geography" as a topic available in the Reference Room in the library, here is a starter set of ones to look at.  There are also many Reference texts addressing the topic of geography in specific countries or areas of the world.  If you need any help finding any of these, please ask a librarian

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The dictionary of human geography
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Reshaping economic geography
HC59.7 .W659 2009

The concise dictionary of world place-names
G103.5 .E94 2005

Encyclopedia of the world's nations
G63 .K87 2002

Dictionary of Physical Geography
GB10 .D53 2000

Encyclopedia of geographic information science
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