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GEOG 320: Urban Geography (Theo): Books, Databases, and Journals

What are Primary and Secondary Sources of Information?

Primary Sources

These are original sources of information on which other research is based, including documents such as poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, and fieldwork. Primary materials also include research results generated by experiments, which are published as journal articles in some fields of study, or as sets of data such as census statistics which have been tabulated but not interpreted.

Secondary Sources

These sources describe or analyze the primary source. Examples of secondary sources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, and books and articles that interpret or review research works.

Elements of a Scholarly Research Article

Common elements of a scholarly article:

  • Authors and their credentials
  • Abstract
  • Introduction including background information on subject, literature review, statement of research problem, and hypothesis
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Limitations of research
  • Recommendations for further research
  • Conclusion
  • References

Citing your Sources

Check out the Library's Citation Guide for help citing sources correctly.

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Geography Databases

Geography Journals

This is a list of the geography-related journals available through the UWSP Library. They are available online as electronic journals.  For full text electronic access, just click the hyperlinked name of the particular journal.  You can also gain access to the electronic journal by typing in the title of the journal in the search box available through the Journals A-Z search tool on the library's homepage.

Geography Subject Guide