This guide is designed for masters and Phd students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.
Thesis & Dissertation Writing Guides:
- Mapping your thesis; the comprehensive manual of theory and techniques for masters and doctoral research
- How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines
- Research literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers
Other Writing Guides for Geography research and proposal writing
- Communicating in geography and environmental sciences
- Making Sense; a student's guide to research and writing: geography and environmental sciences
- Research design and proposal writing in spatial science
Literature Review Writing Guides:
- Conducting a Literature Review web guide
- The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students
- Conducting research literature reviews: from the Internet to paper
Dissertations and Theses Global - Discover dissertations and theses published by educational institutions from around the world, from 1743 to the present (some full text available from 1997 - present)
Foreign Doctoral Dissertations - 700,000 doctoral dissertations from outside the U.S. and Canada
- Ottawa Resource Collection
- Indigenous Films
- Archived Web Content - contains City of Ottawa, Planning and Development documents and LRT information
Use the library's main search box to search for books, journal articles, newspaper articles, videos, and many other types of published literature. It 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.
If you are keyword searching:
- Combine keywords with AND
- Combine synonyms with OR
- Use truncation * (asterisk) at the end of a root word to find all forms of the word, ie: mineral* (will retrieve minerals, mineralogy, mineralogical, etc.)
After you get your results, use the filters on the left side of the screen to refine your search.
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 ebooks.
Search Google Scholar via Carleton Library to seamlessly connect to the fulltext of articles that are part of the library's collection.
Consult the Google Scholar Search Tips guide for helpful more information.
You can also 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:
Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and journal articles from other libraries through RACER but you need to register before you can start using it.
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
If the article has been cited, the database will provide a link to the citing articles
Search Alerts Help Guide - search alerts are a current awareness service that helps researchers stay current in what is being published in their field via email.
Attend a workshop that demonstrates the common features of several citation management tools. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a workshop, or arrange for one-on-one consultation.
Consult the Citation Management Help Guide for more information. There are many free citation management systems available. The library provides support for the following:
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
- Research Methods in Geography
- Conducting Research in Human Geography
- Geographic thought: a critical introduction
- Geographic thought: a praxis perspective
- International Encyclopedia of human geography
- The SAGE handbook of qualitative geography
- Methods in human geography: a guide for students doing a research project
- Quantitative geography: perspectives on spatial data analysis
- Practical statistics for geographers and earth scientists
- Elementary statistics for geographers
- Research and documentation in the digital age
Nvivo is qualitative data analysis software intended to help researchers organize and analyze data, identify trends, and cross examine information in a variety of ways. Consult the NVIVO service web page for more information about this tool and training workshops.
Web Sites for Statistics and Data
- Publishing in Geography: a guide for new researchers
- Publishing Graduate Student Research in Geography: The Fundamentals (CURVE respository link to journal article)
- Communicating Geographical Research Beyond the Academy
- Getting Published in Academic Journals; navigating the publication process
- Ulrichsweb: provides detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types and is often used to identify where to publish your work
- Writing for Scholarly Journals (online video modules)
- Plain Language Writing (Youtube video)
- Writing Services (Carleton University)
Scholarly Communications and Open Access Journals
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
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
Thesis Guidelines @ Carleton University