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Subject-specific eGuides


Searching for resources

Your first ports of call for finding relevant resources for your work will probably be by visiting or searching libraries. You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Library and the University Library and you may also find it helpful to visit and use the Geography Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources - the A.G. Levantis Library, the Whipple Library, and the Scott Polar Research Institute, to name a few. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.

To find relevant materials for your course, you'll probably need to search the two library catalogues below:

Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) –  here you can search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.

iDiscover – here you can search across the University’s print and electronic collections, including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more, from other colleges, faculty and department libraries, and the University Library. This includes material from the Geography Library too. Most, but not all, of Girton’s own collection can be found here. See our Searching iDiscover eGuide for further information.

Subject-specific resources

There are lots of very worthwhile databases for Geography listed in the Database A-Z LibGuide. Some highlights include:

  • agcensus - discover grid square agricultural census data for England, Scotland and Wales.
  • ANIDA - here you will find maps and geo-referenced content relating to environmental, social, demographical, political and economic data.
  • ArcticToday - a news and information resource for all things Arctic-related
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World - a database of names and descriptions of over 165,000 places
  • Digimap - maps and map data relating to the U.K.
  • - news and information site focussing on geology
  • GreenFILE - research database focussing on the relationship between human beings and the environment
  • IKAR (Printed maps before 1850) - a wide assortment of maps and data printed before 1850, with worldwide coverage
  • Landmap - a research project offering earth observational data, including thermal, optical, elevation, radar and feature data. 

There is also a specified LibGuide for Geography, which includes information, quick links to resources, and details about the Geography Library and the dedicated Faculty Librarian. Plus there is an extra LibGuide for finding and using Cartographic Resources, which may be helpful.

Finding relevant material if you don't have a reading list

These databases below cover a wide range of different resources, and can be very helpful when you don't have a reading list, or when you're just starting out.  

Help within college

Library staff are always happy to provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with us or ask a question via