Geography for Graduate Studies

This guide is designed for masters and Phd students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Thesis & Dissertation Writing Guides:

Other Writing Guides for Geography research and proposal writing

Theses Databases:

Specialized Collections

Grey Literature

Begin with:

Omni, the library's main search box to find books, journal articles, newspaper articles, videos, and many other types of published literature. Omni searches almost all of our collections and databases, simultaneously. If you know the title of a specific book, journal article, or journal, just type in the full title in the search box.

  • Consult the Omni Search Tips help guide
  • Note: If you are searching from off campus, you must login if you want to be able to access the full text of journal articles and electronic resources.


Search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features, only contain scholarly literature and search results are more precise. Consult the following recommended lists:

Cited Reference Searching is most often used for finding articles that cite a particular work. Many databases provide citation counts for individual articles.

Why is this important?

  • Keeping track of who has cited a given work can help you gauge the impact that article has in the discipline
  • To find citation counts for geography, use Web of Science, or Scopus
  • If the article has been cited, the database will provide a link to the citing articles
  • Cited Reference Searching Help Guide

Literature Reviews are used to evaluate existing research related to your topic and to help position your argument on that topic within existing research.

Consult the Citation Management Help Guide for more information. There are many free citation management systems available and the library provides support for the following:

Consult the Research data management guide for help with storing and preserving data in accordance with the Tri-Agency Principles of Data Management.

Consult the NVivo web page for help with using this software. It helps with the qualitative analysis of your project by coding your data and creating reports.


Sage Research Methods is designed to support researchers with writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to and writing up & publishing the findings.

Research Data Management

Research data, in any format, make up the results of observations, findings or outcomes of a research project. This includes any type of data, whether it be qualitative or quantitative. For more information on why you need a research data management plan and how to set one up, please consult the library's Research Data Management web page.

Books & Encyclopedias

Web Sites for Statistics and Data

Publishing Guides

Writing Guides

Scholarly Communications and Open Access 

Graduate Student Open Access Award

  • $1000 award encourages Carleton graduates to make their work more widely available on the internet by publishing research in open access journals


Self Archiving

SHERPA/RoMEO - standard tool for researchers to easily navigate academic publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies when depositing scholarly articles in an institutional repository.

CURVE is Carleton's institutional repository which collects, preserves and provides open access to the academic research output and creative works of Carleton faculty and scholars.


  • What is an ORCID and do I need one?
  • In brief, an ORCID is a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, and automated links between you and your professional activities.

Journal Rankings and Metrics

Journal-rankings (metrics or bibliometrics) is used to measure the ranking impact of a journal as a whole. They can also be used for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assessing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline or field through ranking
  • tenure and promotion in academia
  • publication venue choices
  • collection building and assessment
  • Measuring Your Research Impact


Thesis Guidelines @ Carleton University


Content last updated: December 14, 2020