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Geography and environmental science: Books

A guide to finding information in geography and environmental science. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: potter development studies

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Citation example in the Harvard style

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science recommend using the Harvard system of referencing. See the Citing references tab in this guide and the Study Advice website.

Citing a whole book example

Barry, R.G. and Chorley, R.J. (2010). Atmosphere, weather and climate. 9th ed. London: Routledge.


Citing a book chapter example

Dunford, M. and Smith, A. (1998). Uneven development in Europe In: D. Pinder (ed.) The New Europe : economy, society and environment, Chichester: Wiley, pp. 203-222.

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Key locations for geography & environmental science

2nd Floor

300 Social sciences 
301  Sociology 
301.3  Human ecology 
310  Statistics
312  Demography 
320  Political geography 
330  Economics
330.9  Economic geography 
333 Land economics
338  Industrial and production economics 
338.4791   Tourism and leisure 
360  Social problems 
363.7  Environmental problems 
380  Commerce and transport 

3rd Floor

526 Cartography
540  Chemistry 
549  Mineralogy 
550 Earth sciences
551.3  Sedimentology 
551.4  Geomorphology 
551.5 Meteorology  
551.6 Climatology
560 Paleontology
570  Biological science 
572  Biochemistry 
577               Ecology 
578  Natural history and biogeography
580  Botanical Sciences 
581.1  Plant physiology 
581.2  Plant pathology 
581.3  Plant ecology 
620  Engineering 
628  Environmental protection engineering 
628.1  Water supply 
628.5  Pollution technology (inc. Bioremediation) 
630  Agriculture 
631.4  Soil science 
639.9  Conservation of biological resources 
710 Planning  


4th Floor

910 Human and regional geography
910.18 Geographical information systems
912  Atlases and maps

Air pollution 628.53
Atlases 912

Cartography 526
Classification of soils 631.44
Climate change 363.73874 & 551.6
Climatology 551.5
Conservation of land resources 333.72

Demography 312

Economics of natural resources 333.9

Geographical information systems 910.18
Geology 550
Geology of England and Wales 554.2
Glaciology 551.31
Groundwater 551.49

Historical geography 911
Human ecology 310.3
Hydrology/Hydrogeology 551.49

Landscape architecture 712
Land use 333.7

Maps 912
Marine science 551.46
Meteorology 551.5

Oceanography 551.46

Periglacial geomorphology 551.38
Planning City 711.4
Regional 711.3
Political geography 320
Pollution 363.73 &628.5
Population 301.32

Quaternary period 551.79

Remote sensing 526.982
Rivers 551.483
Rural geography 301.35

Soil and land use surveys 631.47
Soil biology 631.46
Soil chemistry 631.41
Soils erosion 631.45
Soil mechanics 624.151
Soil microbiology 631.46
Social surveys 301.9
Statistical methods 910.15195
Surveying 526.9

Tourism and leisure 338.4791
Transport geography 380
Transport planning 711.1

Urban geography 301.36

Volcanic rocks 552.2

Water supply 628.1 

New books

These are just some of the new books which have been added to the Libary recently: