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Geography: Getting started ...

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What is Geography

According to National Geographic, geography is the “study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.” 

THE WORD GEOGRAPHY is rooted in the Greek and literally translates to “writing the earth.” As a modern academic discipline, it is characterized by multiple traditions usually regarded as sharing a common concern for the spatial qualities and problems of the world, and the complex relationships between human beings and nature. .."

Credo Reference: http://lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/sageenvsoc/geography/0?institutionId=5037

Starting your research

Articles
Articles from the library's online databases provide you with the most recent, scholarly, peer-reviewed and researched information from journals, magazines and reports in geography. See the page titled Find Articles for detailed information and links to the article databases. 

Books / eBooks
Use books from the lists and search using the databases for eBooks to get the detailed and historical data and background information on your topic.

Reference books
Use reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias to get the basic ideas and the exact definition on a topic. We have online databases like Credo reference (see the page here on Texas Geography - in Credo) for online reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Web Sites
The web can be a great source of digital information hub if you select the right sources. Try using government and educational sites for scholarly  resources. Also try genuine primary information provided by professional organizations. Check out the sites we have added on the page titled Web Sites of this guide.

Citation Help

APA Style Guide

APA Style7 Guide for References List and In-text citation

Chicago Style Manual

Notes & Bibliography Citation Guide
This guide provides examples and tips on how to cite sources in the Chicago Notes & Bibliography style.

Notes & Bibliography Overview
View this handout for a more detailed explanation of how to use the Chicago Notes & Bibliography style.

MLA Style Guide