Geography & Earth Sciences

Most material acquired is in English, but other languages, especially French and German are acceptable if the material wanted is not available in English.
To provide the materials to support the undergraduate and graduate course instruction programs, the graduate thesis research program and the other teaching and research activities of the Faculty. In order to achieve these aims the School is building comprehensive research collections in the main fields of study.
Coverage by material collected is world-wide, but most material comes from North America and Western Europe.

Most of the material collected is from recent publications. Occasionally, early material (pre-1950) is collected in reprint, microform, or photocopy; the Department does not collect rare books or rare maps per se, though such material is housed in Mills Library and the Map Library respectively. Old editions of text books are collected for the history of Geoscience. Most of the interests of the Human Geography area are contemporary, but materials are also collected as far back as 4,000 B.C. In Geology and Physical Geography there are no time limits on the period of interest. ,

  • Books, currently produced, out-of-print, reprint and, for certain original documentary material, in microform. The School will attempt to buy one copy of each course textbook.
  • Periodicals, current and backfile: those in Geology and Physical Geography are housed in the Thode Library; those in Human Geography are in Mills Library.
  • Technical reports and documents from Government Departments, Municipal Governments and Planning Authorities, including population census materials are acquired.
  • All Geological publications by the Canadian and American Federal Governments, all technical series put out by all Canadian Provinces and publications of all American state geological surveys are collected. Publications of other governments are also collected but not as exclusively. Technical reports from companies may also be collected.
  • Proceedings, and other publications of Symposia, Congresses and Commissions in relevant fields are acquired whenever possible.
  • Newsletters of professional Geographical and Geological societies are collected, e.g. Canadian Geographer, Professional Geographer, AAAG, EOS, etc.
  • Geological guidebooks and road logs are acquired from Canada and parts of the United states. These book guides to the geology of a certain area are published in very limited editions, and are usually non-reproducible.
  • Selected theses are collected and housed in the School as well as in the Library.
  • "Working papers" or "discussion papers" of other Departments of Geography or Geology are acquired by the Department in exchange for copies of its own series of "Technical Memos".
  • Maps and Atlases, including topographic, geologic, tectonic, soil, geophysical, aeromagnetic, gravity and lunar maps and atlases are acquired through the Map Library or through the main library, and are housed in the Map Library.
  • Laboratory manuals and work books are acquired.
  • Census Data Tapes and related material are bought by the Department and housed there or in the Computer Centre.
  • A small number of paper abstract series are collected. E.g. Bibliog. & Index of Geology, Geol. Soc. Amer. Meeting abstracts.
  • Audio-visual materials are bought by, and housed in, the Department.
  • The School has a large slide collection which was acquired with non-library funds.
  • Films for teaching purposes are sometimes acquired by the Department, but most are loaned. None are acquired through the library.

There is some overlap with the profiles of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Civil Engineering, Economics and Anthropology Departments.

General Geography and Geology (C)

     General or regional geography, landscape studies, the Earth.


Mathematical Geography and Geology (A)

Teaching of Geography and Geology (D)

Behavioral Geography (A)

Economic Geography- both Agricultural (C) and Industrial (A)

Geographic Information Systems - GIS (A)

Health Geography (A)

Political Economy in Geography (A)

Political Geography (C)

Population Geography (A)

Social, Historical and Cultural Geography (A)

     Especially housing.


Urban Geography and Urban Planning (A)

Urban and Regional Economics (A)

Cartography and Map Interpretation (C)

Environmental Science and Environmental Studies (A)

Geographical and Geological Field Work and its Methods (A)

Geomorphology (A)

     Especially glacial and karst (cave science).


Hydrology (A)

     Including surface and subsurface hydrology and snow and ice.


Meteorology and Climatology (A)

Photographic Surveying and Remote sensing (A)

Oceanography, Limnology and Marine Geology (A)

Soil Studies, Vegetation Geography (A)

Archaeological Geology (A)

     Some overlap with the Dept of Anthropology.


Crystallography (C)

Dynamic and Structural Geology (B)

Earth History (A)

Economic Geology (B)

Engineering Geology (B)

     Overlap with Civil Engineering profiles.


Geochemistry (A)

  • Especially Isotope and Environmental Geochemistry
  • There is some overlap with the Chemistry profile


Geophysics (A)

  • Especailly Applied Geophysics
  • There is some overlap with the Physics profile.


History of Geology (C)

Mineralogy and Petrology (A)

Paleontology (A)

     Especially Invertebrate, Micropaleontology and Paleoecology


Planetary Science (B)

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (A)


Science and Engineering