GEOG Subject Gateway

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GeoRef (EBSCO) more information
Contains citations to nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences.
ScienceDirect more information

ScienceDirect includes over 2,500 full text journals  and 20,000 books covering all aspects of science - including life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.

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JSTOR more information

Digital image archive of over 450 core scholarly journals in JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, II, III, and IV collections, including backfiles of journals in ethnography, human geography and physical geography. Articles contain full text plus graphics, charts, tables etc.

ETDE World Energy Base more information
Over 953,500 bibliographic records on the environmental impact of energy production and use; including climate change, energy R&D, energy technologies.
IngentaConnect more information

Provides access to 11 million citations from over 20,000 scholarly journals.

LexisNexis Academic more information

U.S. and international news; company information; and federal, state, and international legal materials.

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Towson University Catalog more information

Use this resource to discover books on geography, cartography, geographic information systems, regional studies and career guides for geographers.

USMAI Catalog more information

This is the catalog for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, of which Cook Library's catalog is only a part.  It is a comprehensive catalog of holdings at libraries which are members of the system, and allows Towson students and faculty to tranfer books held by other institutions to Cook Library (usually within three to five business days).  Journal articles need to be ordered from Interlibrary Loan; audio visual materials have to be viewed in the library that owns them.  A growing number of resources, such as electronic books and electronic government publications, can acquired directly from a link in this catalog.  Use the Advanced Search feature to limit to electronic publications.

ebrary Academic Complete more information

An e-book database in all academic subjects  with more than 38,000 e-book titles from over 220 academic disciplines, including new books in physical and human geography, area studies, GIS and remote sensing. *NOTE: ebrary now has digital thematic map images from  Do a Simple Search on '' and select limiters by region or subject to see if the database has maps that suit your needs.

eBook Collection (EBSCO) more information

Provides a collection of over 4,560 electronic books, including reference books.

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Dissertations and Theses: Global (ProQuest) more information

A global collection of dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day. Full text for most dissertations added since 1997. It contains a significant number of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.

NCSE Encyclopedia of Earth more information

This is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and other experts. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

ETDE World Energy Base more information
Over 953,500 bibliographic records on the environmental impact of energy production and use; including climate change, energy R&D, energy technologies.
USGS Publications Warehouse more information

The United States Geological Survey provides 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.  Its Publications Warehouse provides full text electronic publications of scientific research, mapping, inventories, bulletins, circulars, and monographs, some going back to the late 19th century.

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Encyclopedia of the Earth more information

An electronic encyclopedia about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and other experts, and is written in non-technical language.

USGS Earth Explorer more information

This is a searchable and interactive mapping and imaging utility with multiple user-selected datasets, boundaries and images. more information

This is a growing collection of chapters and online textbooks in physical geography.  Beginning with Fundamentals of Physical Geography and Understanding Physical Geography, written for a first year college audience.  The site is browsable and searchable, and includes an online glossary in geography and earth science.

Library of Congress Global Gateway more information

Central portal to the Library of Congress' vast resources, and to electronic resources chosen by the Library staff, including country studies, foreign law materials, digitized books and articles, cybercasts, and featured collections of international, cultural and historic importance.

Geography from the U.S. Geological Survey more information

This resource is the central portal to mapping, GIS data, remotely sensed imagery, and scientific publications in physical geography covering the United States of America.  It includes reference sources, publications, interactive map viewers, and paper maps available for purchase. It is especially strong in ecosystems and human-environment interaction.

Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) more information

The Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) is a voluntary alliance of agencies, universities, and nonprofits dedicated to enhancing collective information and services among the members and their partners for all those seeking agricultural information over the Internet. It currently employs eighty subject specialists covering sixty subject areas in agriculture and the environment.

Resources for Geographers more information

This site is maintained by Kristina Klos Wynne and Kenneth Foote of the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder .It is an ideal portal for students and faculty at the university level.

Geographic Names Information System more information

The official source, from the United States Geological Survey, of official and standard place names in the United States of American and related territories.  Includes over two million locations, including schools, roads, churches, landmarks and other features, complete with locations and attributes that simplify the creation of GIS shapefiles.

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MERLIN Online more information

Interactive and base maps, and data layers in many subjects, for any location in Maryland.

U.S. Geological Survey National Map more information

Interactive maps and downloadable data from the oldest and most prestigious scientific agency of the Federal government. more information

Central clearinghouse for public sector datat sets in environmental science, health and social sciences.

EDiNA National Academic Dta Centre Maps and GIS Data more information

GIS data sharing and data repositories for thematic and statistical mapping of the United Kingdom and neighboring countries.

GeoConnections more information

Maps and data serving the environment and society of Canada.

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Films on Demand Academic Collection more information
A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group both on and off-campus. This collection includes more than 5,500 educational titles in the humanities & social sciences; science; business and economics; and health.
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Chesapeake Bay Program Resource Library more information

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups. For more, visit our overview of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

The Resource Library has many resources of interest to students and researchers.

EOS-Earthdata more information

EOS-WEBSTER provides free, customized Earth Science data. Its data holdings are searchable by area or by date or by keyword, freetext or by the name of the collection. It has distributed almost 700,000 data products to  users around the world since 1999.

GeoGratis more information

GeoGratis is a portal provided by the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) which provides geospatial data at no cost and without restrictions via the Internet.

Global Land Cover Facility more information

The GLCF is a center for land cover science with a focus on research using remotely sensed satellite data and products to assess land cover change for local to global systems.

LANDSAT Missions Imagery Archive more information

Landsat represents the world's longest continuous collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Nearly four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for students and university researchers. more information

This non-profit group provides online access and purchasing of LANDSAT imagery.

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium more information

This multi-agency consortium, hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency, provides a large collection of land cover data from NASA, Fish & Wildlife, Forest Service, NOAA and the USGS.

AmericaView more information

This site is a nationwide program of satellite remote sensing data and technologies supporting applied research, K-16 education, professional development, and technology transfer. AmericaView is administered through a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and a consortium of universities, laboratories and state and federal agencies.

Tropical Rain Forest Information Center more information

TRFIC is a multi-agency consortium primarily founded to distribute NASA Earth Science Information to the scholarly & educationcommunity. Its imagery and mapping tracks changes and extent of the amazon rain forest.

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Association of American Geographers more information

A nonprofit scientific and educational society, founded in 1904, contributes to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography.

AAG Cartography Speciality Group more information

One of dozens of specialities within geography, cartography is the art, science and craft of making maps, still a core subject in geography. This site is for members but has a wealth of contacts and newsletters by and for working cartographers.

AAG Remote Sensing Group more information

This speciality group is for working professionals in the field of remote sensing technology and data.  It has newsletters back to 1980 that are freely accessible, and other resources for members only.

UMCP Department of Geography more information

News, academics, lists of publications, contacts and featured projects in the field of geography at University of Maryland at College Park.

UMBC Geography & Environmental Systems more information

News, academics and research output from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County's Department of Geography and Environmental Systems

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing more information

ASPRS exists to advance the state of mapping sciences and responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).

GEOG Subject Gateway / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: January 09, 2015