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GEOG: Geography: GEOG 151: Geography of U.S. and Canada

This guide is intended to help students with research assignments about geography.

Explore this page for research help specific to GEOG 151: Geography of the U.S. and Canada. Find topic ideas, learn search strategies, and see highlighted resources from our library collections and recommended websites.

Topic Ideas - Current Events & Social Issues

This class will require you to report on various current events that are related to geography. Look through these newspaper and magazine links for updated information.

Geography is also a great subject to use for exploring social issues of a particular place. You could also search by a group of people (i.e. "Cherokee Nation").

Here are some suggested social issues topics:

  • Social class
  • Social inequality
  • Poverty
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Homelessness
  • Education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Environmental issues like: garbage disposal, farming, climate change, energy, water supply

Suggested Library Databases

For basic and background information:

For information about historical events:

For information on some cultures that are specific to the United States:

For information about current events and social issues, related to the environment, health, education, and so on:

Library Books

Below is a sample of some library books related to geography.

Reference Books

The books below are reference books that must remain in the Library, because they contain valuable information to help all students. We have a number of atlases and gazeteers, plus encyclopedias about geography and groups of people.

Recommended Films

The following films are recommended viewing for this course:

The Power of Place: Language in Quebec
Available via Annenberg Media, part of segment 25: Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada - Vancouver and Montreal
http://www.learner.org/series/powerofplace/page25.html

The Power of Place: Japanese Auto Plants in the Heartland
Available via Annenberg Media, part of segment 26: Regions and Economies - Oregon and U.S. Midwest
http://www.learner.org/series/powerofplace/page26.html

The California Water Story
Available via streaming, YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzIe7tS1SgQ

The Spirit of Crazy Horse
VHS tape available in Library's Media Tower under the call # E99 .D1 S6

Reconquering the Conquest
Available in the Library's Films on Demand database

Library Films

Films on Demand database

The Library's Films on Demand database is an online resource featuring video clips from television networks and series. You'll find quality programming from channels like National Geographic, History Channel, CNBC, PBS, TEDtalks, and more. 

If you go into Films on Demand, and drop down the arrow by COLLECTIONS, you can choose Geography. From there you can select a subtopic, like Human Geography or Physical Geography. You can also click on North American to find films that feature the United States and Canada.

Here are some of the series that would be helpful for this class:

  • The National Parks
  • TEDtalk: Picturing New York, Before the City
  • Niagara Falls
  • Canada: A Diverse Culture