Geography (11-12)

General Resources for Senior Students

  • Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
  • Browse the non-fiction shelves from 910. Books on specific topics can be found in those particular sections.
  • Search the National Geographic Archive using login details which are available from library staff. Search all issues of National Geographic or browse subject based collections.
  • Search DVC for audio-visual material.  Please note you will only be able to view items rated G and PG and only while you are at school.

Oliver Catalogue

  • Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject terms e.g. ecology, environment, pollution.
  • CTHS Library also holds specialist Geography magazines including Australian Geographic and National Geographic. The contents pages of Australian Geographic are searchable using Oliver.
  • Expand your search to Hornsby Library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Hornsby Shire Library. If you are a member of Hornsby Library you can borrow their items.
  • Expand your search to Macquarie University library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Macquarie University Library. You can access their hard copy resources onsite but will be unable to borrow.

Encyclopaedias

  • Search World Book Online Advanced or Timelines. This is a reliable starting point for research if you don’t know much about the topic.

Databases

  • State Library of NSW databases require you to sign up for free membership. Choose a database by name. General databases with which to start your research are:
    • Informit – Provides access to Australasian scholarly research.
    • Proquest Research Library – Index on a broad range of subjects.
    • PAIS International – Global coverage of public affairs and world issues.
    • Jstor – Subject based collections of content. Search across journals, books and pamphlets.
  • National Library of Australia databases require you to sign up for free membership. Choose a database by name. A Geography database with which to start your research is:
    • AusGeoRef – a subset of the GeoRef database published by the American Geological Institute. It contains bibliographic references to Australian geoscience literature.
  • Hornsby Library databases require you to sign up for free membership.

Internet Resources

  • A number of relevant websites are listed on the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue.
  • The Conversation – independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
  • OECD – Global statistics and publications.
  • United Nations – Global statistics and publications.
  • Scootle – a national repository that provides Australian schools with digital resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Refine your search by year level, resource type and topic. Login via the NSW Education button.