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Geography: Books / Theses / Dissertations

A guide to resources

Theses/ Dissertations

Most dissertations owned by Temple University Libraries are those done at Temple. Pre-2008 dissertations are listed in The Library Search by author, title, and subject.

Beginning in 2008 Temple dissertations are available online in Temple University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Most Temple Dissertations done within the last 20 years and earlier are available online through the database Proquest Dissertations & Theses. (Restricted to Temple staff and students)

To locate dissertations from other institutions, as well as Temple, use the database Proquest Dissertations & Theses (Restricted Use - Temple Staff Only). 

Non-Temple dissertations may be purchased from ProQuest or borrowed through Inter-Library Loan/Document Delivery.

Many universities, including Temple, are making their dissertations freely available for download over the Internet. A list of these universities can be found at OpenDoar, which is a searchable directory of academic open access repositories. To see a list of universities which make their dissertations available online, click here: OPENDOAR. Click the search button to renew the list.

 

Library of Congress Classification System

Books in this library are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification System, which separates all knowledge into 20 classes. Each class corresponds to a letter of the alphabet with subclasses identified by combinations of letters and subtopics by numerical notations. The link provides the 20 classes (with subclasses) and their corresponding letters, the first letters in LC Call Numbers.

Books

Use Library Search, Temple University Libraries' online search engine, to find which books, journal titles, DVDs and other materials are available in the TU library collections.The primary Library of Congress subject heading for Geography is Geography, with more than 420 subheadings.  Click on the link to see the details.  To find books not available from TU Libraries, use a union catalog, which is a catalog containing the catalog records of many different library catalogs:

WorldCat is a comprehensive union catalog containing more than 62 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world.  To obtain books which are not owned by the library, which are missing, or which are checked out, use PALCI E-ZBorrow. Books arrive within 3 to 5 days and can be picked up on Main Campus at the Circulation desk in Tuttleman. If you cannot find the book you are looking for in the E-ZBorrow database, use Interlibrary Loan.

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