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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Geography (General) G Mathematical Geography--Cartography GA Physical Geography GB
Oceanography GC Anthropogeography GF Anthropology GN
Folklore GR Manners and Customs GT

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Encyclopedia of Geography REF G63 .E554 2010
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations REF G63 .W672 2003
21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook REF G123 .A18 2012
National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World REF G1021 .N44 2009
Find More

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Geology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Geology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History E178 .M57 1986
High Places: Cultural Geographies of Mountains, Ice and Science GF57 .H54 2009
Terra Incognita: Mapping the Antipodes before 1600 GA221 .H53 2008
Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad HE2751 .H39 2010

Find More Cartography Find More Oceanography Find More Anthropology


To search the Library Catalog for books about Geology, go to go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Geology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
The Darfur Conflict: Geography or Institutions? EBSCO eBook
Sports Geography netLibrary eBook
The Tobacco Atlas netLibrary eBook
Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948 netLibrary eBook

Find More Folklore Find More Manners and Customs Find More Physical Geography


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Geology or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Geology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Columbus: The Lost Voyage E118 .C65 2008
The Viking Deception GA308.Z6 V55 2005
1421: The Year China Discovered America G322 .F68 2004
The Living Planet QH307.2.A88 L58 2001

Find More Geography Find More Oceanography Find More Anthropology


To search the Library Catalog for books about Geology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Geology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

National Geographic

Find More Geography--Periodicals Find More E-Periodicals


The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Science Online Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Academic Search Complete Films on Demand

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home, but you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Country Information (Google Custom Search) Country Profile (BBC) World Factbook (CIA)
Countries of the World (InfoPlease) Handbook of Texas

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161 number

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.edu Phone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: https://www.lonestar.edu/geography-dept.htm

Name Phone Number Office Number
Gary Brown 936.273.7324 bldg. A220-G


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