Welcome to QNL’s Geography Subject Guide!

Geography focuses on the study of earth and all the natural and human factors affecting it.

This guide provides an overview of recommended QNL collections on geography science that covers various branches such as physical geography, human geography and astronomical geography. Recommendations include databases, books, journals, reference and other resources, printed or digital, that are accessible through different websites and platforms..

Please search the QNL Catalog to find out which of the recommended resources can be accessed in a digital format on the QNL website. The catalog also indicates where these resources can be obtained if available only in a printed format.

For study or general reference questions and further assistance on how to find relevant materials for your information needs, please feel free to contact us through the Ask QNL Librarians service.


The following databases include articles, books, ebooks and more related to geography. For a comprehensive list of databases available for free on the Library website, please visit QNL Online Resources

Ebook Central
ProQuest’s Ebook Central eBooks from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas, including business, computers, engineering, fine arts, history, literature, medicine and religion.

The JSTOR archive includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The entire archive of journals (from volume 1, issue 1) is provided, with an embargo for the most recent three years.

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
This database includes discipline-oriented bibliographic abstracts and more than 1,100 full-text journals published worldwide. It also includes more than 4,000 full-text government reports and over 1.2 million digitized pages from more than 1,700 US Environmental Impact Statements.

ProQuest Natural Sciences Collection 
ProQuest’s Natural Science Collection includes discipline-oriented bibliographic abstracts databases and full-text scholarly and trade journals, magazines, reports, books, conference proceedings and news relevant to the field of natural sciences.

Print Books

Below is a list of recommended print books. For more books, search the QNL Catalogue.

Bianca, S. (2000). Urban Form in the Arab World: Past and Present. London: Thames & Hudson.
Call Number: NA9246.A65 B53 2000
In this book, traditional buildings in the Arab-Islamic world are analyzed by urban designers in order to understand them. It also exposes the issues encountered by historical locations under the Western effect.

Cullen, H. (2011). The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. New York: Harper.
Call Number: QC903 .C85 2011
This book presents a visualization of how different parts of the world will look in the year 2050 if the levels of carbon emissions are maintained, according to one of America’s foremost experts on weather and climate change and a senior research scientist with Climate Central.

Drysdale, A., & Blake, G. H. (1985). The Middle East and North Africa: A Political Geography. New York: Oxford University Press.
Call Number: DS62.8 .D79 1985
The authors present a political and spatial perspective that aims to understand the political phenomena in the MENA region.


Below is a list of recommended ebooks on geography. For more ebooks, search the QNL Catalogue:

Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, & Boettinger, J. L. (2010). Digital Soil Mapping: Bridging Research, Environmental Application, and Operation.
This book shows the condition of art and explores strategies for bridging research, production, and environmental application of digital soil mapping.

Hanes, J. (2014). Biophysical Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing.
This book that focuses on the broad palette of specific applications of biophysical activity. It is inspired by the use of satellite remote sensing.

Knox, P. L., Agnew, J. A., & McCarthy, L. (2014). The Geography of the World Economy. London: Routledge.
This is an introduction to the globalization of the world economy, providing a foundation for understanding the connections within and between the developed and developing countries through theories and practice of economic and political geography.

Salama, A. M., & Wiedmann, F. (2013). Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City. Farnham, Surrey, GBR: Ashgate Publishing.
The book presents a full discussion of the contemporary architecture and urbanism of Doha as an emerging regional metropolis and as products of the current global condition.

Teixeira, W. G. (2014). Application of Soil Physics in Environmental Analyses: Measuring, Modelling and Data Integration.
This book covers new methods of lab sensors, the art of modeling and data analysis.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme. (2013). Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013.
The report addresses the development of sustainable urban transport systems. The aim of transportation and mobility is to access destinations, activities, and goods and services, so urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and places together.

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Use the following suggested e-journals to look for articles on geography:

Journal of Historical Geography
A quarterly journal focused on all aspects of international historical geography.

Journal of Climate
A semi-monthly journal that provides climate research and impact analysis.

Open Journal of Marine Science
A journal issued 10 times a year that provides original papers on the broad field of marine and fisheries science, covering ecology, population studies, plankton research, and physical and chemical oceanography.

Geophysical Journal International
A monthly journal covering all aspects of theoretical, computational, applied and observational geophysics.

National Geographic
A monthly magazine with articles about human society and culture, exotic and endangered animals, and modern explorations and adventures.

A bi-monthly magazine that discusses environmental issues, legislative developments, outdoor adventures and environmental activists.

Progress in Human Geography
A bi-monthly journal that presents authoritative and critical appraisals of developments in human geography.

Journal of Geoscience Education
A quarterly journal providing information on the cultural and environmental significance of earth sciences and related topics.

American Planning Association
A quarterly journal that provides a forum for planners and others interested in planning issues.

Online Resources

A global information systems software developer.

GIS Lounge
A global information systems portal that provides texts, news, tips and resources covering the geospatial field.

National Geographic
One of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, it promotes interest in geography, archaeology and natural sciences, as well as environmental and historical issues.
A website providing students, educators and parents information and resources about geography and global information systems.

The Center for GIS (State of Qatar)
The official website of Qatar’s nationwide global information system, which is used by more than 60 government and semi-government agencies.


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Nicholas Chrisman

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