Tools and Hints for Geographic Research

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Journals and Periodical Indexes

Current Geographical Publications
Good comprehensive index tool for all kinds of geographical topics. Indexes books, periodical articles, pamphlets, government documents, maps and atlases in the American Geographical Society Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Current issue only at present, although eventually will include a more substantial database.. Use Edit/Find function to search the topical or regional sections by keywords.
Internet journal produced by Natural Resources Canada. Includes full-text articles on latest developments in the fields of forestry, minerals, metals, energy, earth sciences and geomatics. Current issue only at present.
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Gazetteers and Place Name Locators

Gazetteers and Place Name Locators
A list of internet tools for finding geographical names. Some return latitude and longitude only; some display the location on a map. Includes also some tools for finding postal codes.
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World Factbook

The World Factbook 1999
Produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. A current description of every country, covering geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. Very clear and detailed maps. Generally updated annually.
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Data Sources for Environmental Studies

Data Sources for Environmental Studies of the Hamilton-Wentworth Region
A list of maps and reports held in the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection. Includes information on available topographic maps, geology, land use, soil, hydrography, vegetation and aerial photography.
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Statistics Canada Digital Files

Obtaining Statistics Canada Spatial Boundary Files
Boundary files associated with the 1991 Census of Canada are available to McMaster University researchers through the Data Liberation Initiative Project. These instructions will help you to identify the files you need and request them from McMaster's DLI Administrator.

Metadata for Statistics Canada Spatial Boundary Files
Metadata files and User Guides to accompany various Statistics Canada geo-spatial boundary files.
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Geographic Information Systems [GIS]

A Selection Guide to Digital Geospatial Data Available
A new tool to help you find out what digital geospatial data is available to you, both through McMaster University Library and on the Internet. Follow the links to find out what's available and how to obtain it. Not all our data is listed yet, and new data will be added continuously.

Current Literature on GIS and Libraries
Bibliography of recent articles about GIS and its applications in, and implications for, libraries.

Sources of Information about GIS
Annotated list of internet resources available. Organized into categories: What is GIS? Bibliographies, Indexes & Publications Online. News & Newsgroups. General GIS Guides. GIS Resources of Regional Interest. Research Institutes & Universities. GIS Data Sources. Software & Public Access GIS.
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Citation Guides

Guide to Citing Maps and Atlases
How to do bibliographic citations and footnotes for maps and atlas plates. Gives examples of some of the most frequently cited maps used in course assignments.
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Converters and Software for Mathematical Operations

Degree Converter
Converts geographic coordinates from degrees, minutes, seconds to decimal degrees.

Decimal Degree Converter
Converts geographic coordinates from decimal degrees to degrees, minutes, seconds.

Decimal Degree Converter
Converts geographic coordinates from decimal degrees to degrees, minutes, seconds.

Geomagnetic Field Synthesis Program
Computes magnetic declination for any place on the earth's surface, between 1900 and 2000. Accepts latitude/longitude in either decimal degrees or degrees, minutes, seconds.
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Last Reviewed: August 9, 2002