Reference Books: Print & Online
Finding Information from a Reference
Reference materials are compilations; a "reference" connects a researcher to background information in a way that is intended to be found quickly when needed. Reference materials can be dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks and guides, catalogs, atlases and maps, directories, almanacs – even the internet.
Using OU Libraries' Catalog
Although the library guide you currently read is considered a reference material, the following lists are not comprehensive. Check the OU Libraries Discover catalog to connect to even more resources. Think about the keywords you would use to search the catalog; for general books containing definitions of terms or overviews of a subject, search for your keywords plus "encyclopedia" or "dictionary." Want reference assistance? Reach out to the STEM Services team at email@example.com.
Looking for a reference on citation style? Visit the Citations page of the guide.
Finding Books in the Library by Call Number
Books are located in Bizzell Memorial Library in the following call number locations.
Library of Congress Call Numbers for Geography & GIS:
|Call Number Range
|General, Atlases, Maps
What's new about the catalog? See if the library has a copy of your class's textbook!
Textbooks on Reserve and course reserve materials are now searchable by course code (ex. HIST 3403), course name (ex. Modern Israel), title (ex. Quiet Street), or author. Some materials are searchable by professor last name (ex. Seidelman). Students can search the catalog or the new Textbook Search Scope (located under the Search Scope drop-down menu).
References in Geography Subdisciplines: Physical Geography resources include physical, biological, and environmental resources. Human Geography resources include anthropology and cultural resources.
Physical Geography & GIS
Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers
Maps are primarily located at the Youngblood Energy Library. Search the OU Catalog for more!
Finding Atlases in Bizzell
Atlas, starting with call number G 1000, are located:
- On the Atlas Stand in Reference
- G 1000's in Reference Collection
- G 1000's in Main Stacks
- Oversize area far east end of the Main Floor