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Tips for Your Geography 3210 [Agricultural Geography] Research Report
Decide on an appropriate topic to research in consultation with your instructor and/or consult the
Geography 3210 course outline.
Ensure that you appropriately "frame your research question."
Use the Library's discovery tools (e.g., Summon search, journal article databases, Library catalogue, etc.) to locate scholarly/refereed materials.
Employ a standard bibliographic referencing system (e.g., APA).
Tips for Library Research
Examples of E-Resources Relevant to Geography 3210 [Agricultural Geography]
Good starting points for finding out about topics and concepts:
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Background Information to Start Your Research
Oxford Bibliographies This link opens in a new window
Peer-reviewed annotated online bibliographies on many subject areas -- including Geography. Consider using this resource to review key literature in a particular discipline or sub-discipline of Geography. E.g., Agricultural geography, Rural geography, etc.). A good "starting point" for a research paper.
Resources for locating scholarly articles on topics relevant to Agricultural Geography:
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
Access peer-reviewed full text for multidisciplinary research, including STEM research, social sciences and humanities.
Surveys, statistics and statistical information related to topics in Agricultural Geography:
Statistics Canada Data Portal This link opens in a new window
Statistics Canada Data Portal is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, Statistics Canada Data Portal provides access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.
Examples of E-Books Related to Geography 3210 [Agricultural Geography]
Additional books and E-Books are found by performing searches in the Summon discovery tool and/or the Library catalogue.
Local Food Environments [Electronic Resource] by Local Food Environments: Food Access in America provides information on the complex nature of food delivery systems as well as the historical and political trends that have shaped them over time. The book presents the empirical evidence demonstrating disparities in access to healthy affordable foods across the United States and how these disparities may explain food consumption patterns for some Americans as well as potential risks for diet-related illness. The book describes the current body of research surrounding these associations and presents the methodological issues pertinent to this area of public health. Evidence from these studies is placed in context of current and past American food policies that have supported the existing food retail market including the production and retailing of foods and ways in which the consolidation of the food system has affected Americans. Research conducted regarding local food environments in Canada has also been included as a point of comparison. Methods are discussed as well as the current state of knowledge regarding factors associated with disparities between local food environments, the effect of these disparities on the diets of residents within those communities, and the impact that local food environments have on diet-related health outcomes, such as obesity. Also described are solutions garnered to minimize local food environment inequalities currently being conducted by federal, state, and local government agencies. Although this book focuses on US local food environments, similar issues regarding access to food are concurrently taking place outside of the US. In all chapters, readers are encouraged to critically consider the current research methods as well as recent programs and policies that aim to address local food environments.
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
Kill and Chill [Electronic Resource] by Both horrified and fascinated by a visit with his geography students to the Canada Packers Lethbridge plant, Ian MacLachlan searched for a book that would explain the main features of the Canadian meat packing industry. Finding very little available, he set about writing an account of the industry that is both an economic geography and economic history. Comprehensive in its treatment of the whole system surrounding the Canadian beef industry, Kill and Chill offers a history of the structural changes in Canada's cattle and beef commodity chain, beginning with calf production and cattle feeding on farms and feedlots. It goes on to describe the changes in cattle marketing, the historical development of meatpacking-in particular the emergence of Canada's 'Big Three' meatpacking firms-and the rise of meatpacking unionism. Carrying the story almost to the present with the takeover of Maple Leaf by the McCain family in the mid-1990s, the work concludes with a discussion of current trends in retail beef marketing.
Publication Date: 2001-12-08
Geography of Beer [Electronic Resource] by This edited collection examines the various influences, relationships, and developments beer has had from distinctly spatial perspectives. The chapters explore the functions of beer and brewing from unique and sometimes overlapping historical, economic, cultural, environmental and physical viewpoints. Topics from authors - both geographers and non-geographers alike - have examined the influence of beer throughout history, the migration of beer on local to global scales, the dichotomous nature of global production and craft brewing, the neolocalism of craft beers, and the influence local geography has had on beer's most essential ingredients: water, starch (malt), hops, and yeast. At the core of each chapter remains the integration of spatial perspectives to effectively map the identity, changes, challenges, patterns and locales of the geographies of beer.
Publication Date: 2014-03-15
Water and agriculture in Canada [Electronic Resource] : towards sustainable management of water resources by Chapter 1 -- Introduction -- Chapter 2 -- The global and Canadian contexts of water for agriculture -- Chapter 3 -- Knowledge inputs for management decisions: the quantity and quality of Canada's water resources and the needs for monitoring, modeling, and adaptive management -- Chapter 5 -- Promising farm-scale technologies: improving water productivity and mitigating environmental impacts -- Chapter 6 -- Building the foundations for sustainable management of water in agriculture -- Chapter 7 -- Conclusion -- References
Publication Date: 2013