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Geography & Planning AND Spatially Integrated Social Sciences (SISS): UToledo & OhioLINK Books

Resources for Students and Faculty in the Geography & Planning and the Spatially Integrated Social Sciences (SISS) programs

Searching for Books

You can find books in the UToledo Library Catalog using either keywords for your topic, or using Subject Headings such as those listed below. 

Searching by keyword allows you to find words mentioned in book titles, chapter titles, subjects, and author names.  Keyword searches can be combined to find books on two or more topics using AND or OR.  Searching by Subject Heading is more precise, but searches for broad topics in the book.  See the UToledo Library Catalog Guide for more information about searching.

Some subject headings you may want to start at include the following.  Some will have cross references to other related topics, and most will have sub-headings for more specific topics, formats, or geographic areas:


UT Library Catalog Search

OhioLINK Catalog Search

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Use these reference tools to locate key concepts, terms, and definitions for your area of research.  These resources appear in reverse chronological order from most recent to oldest titles.

Handbooks and Yearbooks


Don't forget that in addition to all of the books available in the University of Toledo Libraries locations, you also have access to books from any of the more than 85 OhioLINK partner libraries.  Whenever you are in the University of Toledo Library Catalog, you can click on the OhioLINK button to perform the same search in libraries across the state.  Or you can start your search in the OhioLINK Catalog itself.  See here for more information about requesting and borrowing items from OhioLINK libraries.

OhioLINK Search


Browsing for Books on Geography

The UToledo Libraries use the Library of Congress Call Number system for organizing our books.  You can browse the shelves in our libraries (as well as others throughout the US using this system) in the following call numbers (source: Wikipedia: Library of Congress Classification:Class G -- Geography. Anthropology. Recreation)

G Geography (General); Atlases; Maps
GA Mathematical geography; Cartography
GB Physical geography
GC Oceanography
GE Environmental Sciences
1-350.......Environmental Sciences
70-90......Environmental Education
170-190....Environmental Policy
195-199....Environmentalism. Green Movement
300-350....Environmental Management
GF Human ecology; Anthropogeography
1-900.......Human ecology. Anthropogeography
51.........Environmental influences on humans
75.........Human influences on the environment
125.......Cities. Urban geography
127.......Rural settlements. Rural geography
500-900....By region or country
GN Anthropology
GR Folklore
GT Manners and customs (General)
GV Recreation; Leisure