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Selected Resources for Geography 280: Biogeography

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Library of Congress Subject Headings.

28th ed., 5 vols., 2005.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes.

Call Numbers for Geography

Following are some of the common call numbers for books on biological topics. It is useful when browsing for books to have a general call number, but it is not a replacement for doing an EZRA (our online catalog) search.

G for General Geography, Atlases, Maps GF for Human Geography
GA for Cartography GN for Anthropology
GB for Physical Geography GT for Manners and Customs
GE for Environmental Science GV for Recreation and Leisure

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: WebEZRA -- the online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Books on Conducting Research in the Social Sciences

Principles and Methods of Social Research By William Crano
Link to Electronic Book

Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences By Jose Galvan
Main Stacks H61.8 .G3 1999

Handbook of Qualitative Research Edited by Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincold
Main Stacks H62. H2455 2000

Qualitative Research Practice: a Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers Edited by Jane Ritchie and Jane Lewis
Main Stacks H62 .Q3546 2003

Investigating the Social World: the Process and Practice of ResearchBy Russell Schutt
Main Stacks HN29 .S34 1996

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books relating to Geography and Ecology.
The Penguin Dictionary of Geography
Main Reference G63 .C652 1998

Philip's Geography Dictionary
Main Reference G63 .P45 2000

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World
Main Reference G103.5 .C645 1998

Atlas of the World
Main Reference G1021 .G4125 2005

The Dictionary of Physical Geography
Main Reference GB10 .D53 2000

Grzmek's animal life encyclopedia (17 Volumes)
Main Reference QL7 .G7813 2003

Birds of North America
Main Refererence QL681 .B625

Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology -- 3 Volumes
Main Reference QH540.4 .E52 1995

Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies
Main Reference TD9 .A84 2001

A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation
Available Online

A Dictionary of Ecology
Available Online

Encyclopedia of Human Ecology
Available Online


Covers the geography, geology, and ecology from 1980 to present.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It is agood starting place for introductory level classes.

Biological Abstracts
Biological Abstracts indexes articles from all fields of Biology. Coverage includes 1980 to the present.

Business Source Complete
Index to journal articles in management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more.

SocINDEX covers all areas of sociology from 1895. Some full-text available.

Index to over 200 years of geological and earth science literature.

Social Science Citation Index (ISI)
Index and cited references for articles in the social sciences

Wilson Index
The Wilson Index is made up of the Humanities, Sciences and Social Science indexes. It is a good place to find scholarly articles on a variety of topics.

A full list of the indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Form
Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not owned at Wittenberg from other libraries. Please see the form for more details.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life is an online resource that attempts to organize the immense amount of information known about the biodiversity of earth.
National Resources Conservation Service
Part of the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Resources Conservation Service is concerned with the management of natural resources within the United States.
North American Mammals
From the Smithsonian Instituion's National Museum of Natural History, a database of the mammals of North America.
USDA Invasive Species Database
From the National Agricultural Library at the United States Department of Agriculture, this site provides information about the invasive species in the United States.
"The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories." -- From the USDA's PLANTS Database website (
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people." -- From the EPA's website ( )
U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS works to provide information about the geology of the United States. Their mission: "The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life." -- from the USGS website (
Silvics of North America
From the United States Department of Agriculture, a handbook of the trees of North America.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar via email at or call extension 7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at extension 7511.

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