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 Geography research and proposal writing guides:

Theses Databases:

Grey Literature

Citation Management Tools

A citation manager will help to organize your citations as you research and write and thereby save you time. Tools such as Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote will help you prepare your bibliography in any bibliographic style by keeping track of all your sources in one place. Other features of these tools include the tagging of each document, annotating and saving PDFs. 



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. Learn to use the Advanced Search option for more targeted results.

  • Find books
  • Find journal articles
  • For more information, 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.

Remember: If you cannot find a certain book at this library, register for a RACER account to access electronic material from other libraries.


Begin with GEOBASE. It is the premier database for the all of the geosciences, including all aspects of human and physical geography.

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.

Research Data

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

Qualitative Analysis

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

Books & Encyclopedias

Web Sites for Statistics and Data

Publishing Guides

Writing Guides

Scholarly Communications and Open Access 


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) 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 reviewed: January 20, 2021