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Geography: Background Information

Research Resources for Geography

Human/Cultural Geography Reference Books

Why Background Information?

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, and other reference books can help you discover basic information about a subject such as names, dates, definitions, and summaries, etc.  These are good places to start when narrowing or choosing a research topic and when you are researching an unfamiliar subject.

Background Information In The Library Catalog

Search by background information in the library catalog.

You can search the library catalog to find many more reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias. Perform a keyword search for your topic and add one of the words below.

  • encyclopedia
  • dictionary
  • handbook
  • guide
  • atlas

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Geography Reference Books

Physical Geography Reference Books

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