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Geography Research Guide

A research guide for geography subjects and courses

About This Guide

geography image from Columbia State academic pagesAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • "Cartographers and photogrammetrists collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, emergency response, and other purposes."
  • "Geographers study the Earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures and study the physical and human geographic characteristics of regions ranging in scale from local to global."
  • "Surveying and mapping technicians collect data and make maps of the Earth’s surface. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land. Mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps. They both assist surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists."
  • "Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas."

This guide is designed to support the research and learning needs of the geography program. Here, you'll find resources for:

  • selecting and evaluating sources
  • constructing research questions
  • search tips and strategies
  • finding sources in Charger Search, databases, online sources, and statistics
  • recommended citation and style guides
  • contacting librarians for help

If you have suggestions for other resources, please let us know!

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