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Library Resources for Geography

UBST 311 Guide

This guide supports UBST 311: The gendered city

Most of the resources below were discussed during the library session on March 3, 2020.

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Scholarly vs. popular periodicals

"Known items" and the library catalogue

Book example:

LeGates, R. T., & Stout F. (Eds.). (2011). The city reader. New York: Routledge.

- search for "the city reader" (including quotes)


Article example:

Ganim, J. M. (2002). Cities of words: Recent studies on urbanism and literature. MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, 63(3), 365-382. Retrieved from


A to Z list of all databases (All subjects dropdown --> Urban Studies)

Adding the FindIt@UofCalgary link to Google Scholar


Some tips for efficient database searching:

 phrase search  "built environment"
 Boolean operators

 and (decreases the number of results, often improves relevance). Use this to combine different concepts, e.g.


 or (increases the number of results, broadens). Use this to combine equivalent concepts, e.g.

urbanism or cities

 truncation  feminis* = feminist, feminists, feminism, feministic, etc.
 date range  narrows your search

News & media outlets


  • The overall tone of the article
  • The overall point of the article
  • Does the article have a bias? Does the site have a bias?
  • Evidence: Who are they quoting?
  • Did the reporter do the interview personally? If not, where is the quote from - what is the source of the quotes?
  • How many sources of evidence are in the article?
  • Evidence: What is missing; what is the article not saying?
  • Does the evidence support the point of the article?
  • Can you tell how "authoritative" the reporter is?
  • Search off-site! ("laterally")


Also see the Media bias chart at "ad fontes media" created by patent attorney Vanessa Otero.

APA: citing & writing


Methods tools

Citation tools (bibliographic software)

Contact the Bookstore for information about the EndNote academic discount.

Survey tool: Qualtrics


Interlibrary Loan

From our homepage, go to Services --> Interlibrary Loan

Bookable workrooms & workshops

From our homepage, click on Bookings to book workrooms and LabNEXT equipment or Workshops 


From our homepage, go to Hours & Locations --> Branches

The Gallagher Library is located on the ground floor of Earth Sciences. Books placed on hold may be requested to be sent there (or other location of your choice).