The core collection of geographical resources is located in the Geography Library but several other libraries in the system (see below) contain much of relevance. Over Summer 2015 the geographical sciences collection books and journals will re-locate to the Wills Memorial Library. Henceforth, the Wills Memorial Library will be home to the Earth Sciences, Geographical Sciences and Law collections.
Can be used by staff and postgraduate students of the University. For details of holdings and access, please contact Barbara Costello.
Held in the Department of Earth Sciences. Contact Andrew Hook for further details.
A wide range of materials to support courses are available in the Library (ask at the Issue Desk):
Photocopied articles: these are not on the catalogue, and are referred to on reading lists only. Ask for them at the Issue Desk. They are confined to the Library.
Student handbooks, dissertation guides, etc. Please ask at the Issue Desk for these.
Further details of PhD, MSc and DSc theses of staff and students of the Department, are available in the thesis collection in the Geographial Sciences Library.
Located in Special Collections at the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Formerly part of the library of Dr. V.A. and Mrs. J.M. Eyles, the collection was bequeathed to the University in 1986.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's branch libraries or available online. There is a charge for the service from the loaning institution and charges to the University of Bristol. So if the request is for a book or any other printed item separate to a journal article or conference paper then please contact your Subject Librarian in the first instance as they may wish to purchase the item instead.
|BIOSIS Citation Index||The most comprehensive database for the traditional areas of biology - botany, zoology and microbiology, but also covers related fields such as biomedical sciences, agriculture, pharmacology and ecology, and includes interdisciplinary fields including biochemistry and veterinary medicine. The BIOSIS Citation Index combines the literature content from the BIOSIS Previews database with fully indexed cited references from BIOSIS (from 2006) and from all the Web of Science databases (prior to and post 2006). This means that in addition to subject and bibliographic searching of the BIOSIS literature you can now perform powerful cited reference searches.|
Digimap is a service delivering maps and map data to UK Higher Education, and includes the following:
|International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)||Includes references dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year.|
|LandIS (Land Information System)||LandIS, the 'Land Information System', is a substantial environmental information system operated by Cranfield University, UK, designed to contain soil and soil-related information for England and Wales including spatial mapping of soils at a variety of scales as well as corresponding soil property and agro-climatological data. LandIS, maintained by the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI), is the largest system of its kind in Europe and is recognised by UK Government as the definitive source of national soils information.|
|Science Citation Index (SCI)||See Web of Science - Core Collection. Science Citation Index is part of this.|
|Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)||See Web of Science - Core Collection. Social Science Citation Index is part of this.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|Dissertation Express||A searchable index providing brief citation details to Dissertation Abstracts International. You can choose to personally purchase the full text of dissertations/theses you require or you can request them via our Inter-Library Loans Service.|
|GreenFILE||GreenFILE is a database covering all aspects of human impact on the environment, which indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles. GreenFILE is multidisciplinary by nature and draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.|
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland||Also known as Index to Theses, this database offers the most comprehensive available listing of doctoral theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. Bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986. Abstracts for content since 1986 with some additional 15,000 citations added annually.|
|Sherpa FACT (Funders & Authors Compliance Tool)||Sherpa FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research. Currently in Beta testing.|
|Sociological Abstracts||Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences from 1963 to date. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles.|
|Soil Site Reporter||The Soils Site Reporter is an online soil reporting tool which produces site-specific soils information with maps and soil descriptions. Part of LandIS (Land Information System) from the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI). Grid reference or Postcode can be used to search for a report on an area. Each report, downloadable in pdf format, provides detailed information on the expected soil conditions at the site and outlines interpretations of the suitability for different uses. A variety of environmental issues such as the potential of damaging ground movement or pipe corrosion and the ease with which chemicals can leach into groundwater or run off into rivers are also included. Registration is required, and undergraduates and academic teaching staff have access to reports for free.|
This section includes only a few suggestions from the many sites available.
Note: see also links from other related subject resources sites, such as Engineering, Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences.
The following reference works in the Geography Library constitute a selection of useful reference tools (further details and further reference works can be found on the online catalogue):
|CIA World Factbook|
|The companion encyclopedia of geography : the environment and humankind||U2.N3 COM|
|Dictionary of concepts in human geography||U2.N LAR|
|Dictionary of concepts in physical geography||U2.F1 HUB|
|Dictionary of earth sciences||U2.F1 DIC|
|Dictionary of geography||U2.B1 MAY|
|Dictionary of geopolitics||U2.R DIC|
|Dictionary of globalization||U2.R3 JON|
|The Dictionary of human geography||U2.N DIC|
|Dictionnaire de la gťographie||U2.B1 DIC|
|Encyclopedic dictionary of physical geography||U2.F1 ENC|
|Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences and astrogeology||U2.H ENC|
|Encyclopedia of geochemistry and environmental science||U2.F ENC|
|Encyclopedia of geomorphology||U2.F1 ENC|
|Encyclopedia of human geography||U2.N ENC|
|Encyclopedia of soil science||U2.J ENC|
|The environment dictionary||U2.N3 KEM|
|The Facts on File dictionary of human geography||U2.N GOO|
|Feminist glossary of human geography||U2.N FEM|
|A glossary of geographical terms||U2 BRI|
|Glossary of meteorology||U2.H GLO|
|Macmillan dictionary of the environment||U2.N3 ALL|
|MacGraw-Hill dictionary of geology and mineralogy||U2.F MAC|
|Modern dictionary of geography||U2 SMA|
|The Penguin dictionary of human geography||U2 GOO|
|The Penguin dictionary of physical geography||U2 WHI|
|Item||Location/ reference number|
|The Columbia Lippincott gazetteer of the world, with 1961 supplement||U5 COL|
|Gazetteer of England||U5.231 MAS|
|The international geographic encyclopedia and atlas||U5 INT|
|The Ordnance Survey gazetteer of Great Britain||in the Arts and Social Sciences Library at DA640 ORD|
|Philip's Atlas of the world||U5 PHI|
|Times atlas of the world: comprehensive edition||in the Arts and Social Sciences Library at Folio G1019 TIM|
|Times comprehensive atlas of the world, millennium edition||U5 TIM|
Reading review articles can be a good way of familiarising yourself with a topic quickly.
The following resources contain regular useful review articles and can be found in the Geography Library at location Serial PRO:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To find journal title abbreviations you could try:
If you are unable to find a title you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff.
For general information, please visit the journal abbreviations page.
Please note: these should not be used in the references that you write, unless they are stipulated by the body or journal that you are submitting your work to.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 25 June 2015 by the University Library
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