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

Use Summon to perform 'one search' to find 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 in Summon:

  • 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.)

When you get your results, use the filters on the left side of the screen to Refine your search

Note: If you are searching Summon from off campus, you must login if you want to be able to access the full text of journal articles and ebooks.

Google Scholar

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

  • 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

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.

There are many free citation or document management systems available. The library provides support for the following:

Attend a workshop that demonstrates the common features of these tools. Send an email to citation@library.carleton.ca to register for a workshop, or arrange for one-on-one consultation.

Consult the Citation Management Help Guide for more information.

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

Nvivo Software

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 Guides

Writing Guides

Publishing in 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

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.

ORCID

  • 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

Citation-based metrics used for ranking journals. This may be important for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assesing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline or field
  • tenure and promotion in academic circles
  • Consult the Journal Rankings Help Guide for more information

Copyright

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