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Geography - Physical: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

University of Lethbidge Library Guide to resources related to Physical Geography.

Physical Geography Reference Sources

Reference sources include:

  • encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • atlases

They  are excellent starting points for beginning your research as they provide background information on a topic and prepare you for in-depth research.


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Physical Geography Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: Examples

Examples of resources that provide background information on Physical Geography topics and which explain terminology used within the discipline.

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Geography : Topic Overview

Geography is the study of the field of knowledge relating to the temporal and spatial dimensions of the processes that shape the Earth’s surface. Implicit within geography as a discipline is an emphasis on ways that diverse systems interact over time, producing particular landscapes in particular places. [continue reading full entry in reference work]

SOURCE: "Geography." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 303-306. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Aug. 2015.