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Top Choices for Research in Canadian Geography

The Library Catalogue
Find books, DVDs and more in the Library's collection.  Begin with a KEYWORD search using words and phrases that describe your topic.  Library catalogues are all structured in the same manner, so once you know how to use one library's catalogue, you'll be able to find material in any library.

CBCA Complete
Newspaper, magazine and journal articles from Canadian publications.

CPI.Q 
Another database that includes Canadian journal articles.

Academic Search Complete
A multi-disciplinary full text database, with more than 5,500 full text periodicals and 4,600 peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR
Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Science Direct
Indexes academic journals in the physical, social and behavioural sciences.  Includes the full text of articles from selected journals.

If you are not on the Douglas College campus, you'll have to login with your last name and Douglas College student ID number before using any of these databases.

What's an Academic/Scholarly Journal?

The terms academic, scholarly, refereed and peer-reviewed are different ways to describe the intellectual rigour of an article. The terms tell the reader that the article is reliable and authoritative, and makes a valuable contribution to the topic of study.  Before the article is accepted for publication in a refereed or peer-reviewed journal, an editorial group of experts in the field reviews the article to ensure that the work meets a certain academic standard.

Some of the Library's article databases allow you to limit your search so that only articles published in academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed/refereed journals are included in your list of results. The following lists some examples of scholarly journals in the fields of Geography and Geology. Note that the titles in red indicate some access to the full text of articles through the Douglas College Library. Other titles may be requested through interlibrary loan.

  • Arctic and Alpine Research Geology
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Natural Hazards
  • Journal of Glaciology