GIS: Resources, in print and online, from the Shasta College Library

The United States Geological Survey defines GIS as: "a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location. Practitioners also define a GIS as including the procedures, operating personnel, and spatial data that go into the system."

The Shasta College Library offers a variety of materials to assist you in learning more about GIS.

General Collection
The library catalog is the author/title/subject guide to the library's more than 80,000 books, videos, and DVDs. It's also the portal to the library's 18,000 (and growing!) collection of full text, online ebooks. Since resources on GIS cross multiple disciplines, it's helpful to know some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) assigned to this topic before beginning your search. Many of the library's full text journal databases employ LCSH as well. Terms that describe GIS and related topics include, but aren't limited to:

business--geographic information systems
crime analysis--data processing
geographic information systems
global positioning system
information storage and retrieval systems--geography
management--geographic information systems
space perception
spatial analysis (statistics)

Books in the Shasta College library stacks, available for 2-week loan (partial list only

  • Egbert, R.I. (2003). The GPS Handbook. Short Hills, NJ: Burford Books. [GV191.623 .E43 2003]
  • Hanson, S.(1997). Ten Geographic Ideas That Changed the World. New Brunswick: Rutgers. [G70 .T37 1997]
  • Sommers, B.J. (2008). The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop. New York: Penguin. [TP548 .S689 2008 ]

Journals in the Shasta College library's print and online collections (partial list only)

  • Geographical Review (via EBSCO Academic Search and Masterfile Premier)
  • International Journal of Geographical Information Science : IJGIS (via EBSCO Academic Search Premier)
  • Journal of Geographical Systems (via EBSCO Academic Search and Business Source Premier)
  • Land and Water (print)

Sampler of Favorite Online Library Resources
If you would like to view a list of all the databases available at the Shasta College Library, go to Articles and Databases

NetLibrary eBooks
  • 18,000 books selected with an academic audience in mind
  • All publications are available in full text. The full text of each book may be searched online.
  • Searchable both through the Shasta College Library catalog and through the NetLibrary eBooks site
Books in the Shasta College library NetLibrary E-book collection, 24/7 to Shasta College students and faculty (partial list):
  • Duckham, M. (2003). Foundations of Geographic Information Science. New York Taylor & Francis, NetLibrary eBooks. [G70.212 .F69 2003 eb]
  • Harmon, J.E. The Design and Implementation of Geographic Information Systems. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, NetLibrary eBooks. [G70.212 .H36 2003 eb]
  • Hill, L.L. (2006). Georeferencing: The Geographic Associations of Information. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, NetLibrary eBooks. [G70.212 .H54 2006 eb]
  • Hilton, B. N. (2007). Emerging Spatial Information Systems and Applications. Hershey: Idea Group, NetLibrary eBooks. [G70.212 .E44 2007 eb]
  • Learn to Think Spatially (2006). Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, NetLibrary eBooks. [BF723 .S63 L43 2006 eb]
  • National Research Council (2006). Beyond Mapping: Meeting National Needs Through Enhanced Geographic Information Science. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, NetLibrary eBooks.[G70.215 .U5 N38 2006 eb]
    Pick, James. (2005). Geographic Information Systems in Business. Hershey: Idea Group, NetLibrary eBooks. [HD30.213 .G46 2005 eb]

Access Science

  • Provides access to over 7,000 topics from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
    • 7 encylopedia entries under the heading "geographic information systems."
    • Articles discuss GIS as related to cartography, forestry, military satellites, and air navigation.
  • Research updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks
    • 10 research updates under the heading "geographic information systems."
  • The most recent Science News

EBSCO family of Databases
  • Provides access to current events, research, and Government resources
  • Databases may be searched individually or simultaneously
  • Many publications are available in full text
  • Most EBSCO databases are searchable with Library of Congress Subject headings, thus allowing for greater precision in searching
  • EBSCO's //GreenFile// is a multidisciplinary database devoted to environmental issues. EBSCO's //Masterfile Premier// and Academic Search Premier are excellent general interest database while EBSCO's //Military and Government Collection// contains reports from U.S. Government agencies.

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Obtain a Library Card

  • Faculty teaching solely online and students enrolled solely for Internet courses or those working or taking classes at a Distance Education campus should follow this link to obtain their library card. Online library card application. Note: Faculty members should enter their Shasta College ID# in the Student ID field).
  • Faculty and students teaching or enrolled in classes at the main Redding campus must visit the library's circulation desk to obtain their library card.

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