Faculty of Arts

Geography

Physical Geography

Physical Geography.

This Lumen Learning text covers some of the concepts of first-year physical geography with a balance of application and theory.

Includes: summaries, examples, videos, and graphics.

Introduction to Human Geography

By: David Dorrell, University System of Georgia – Georgia Gwinnett College

This physical geography text has been positively-reviewed. It covers introductory concepts in human geography, from migration to agriculture.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, and summaries.

Attribution:  Introduction to Human Geography by David Dorrell, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

 

Physical Geology (2nd Edition)Canadian Content

By: Steven Earle, Thompson Rivers University

Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

Includes: applications, chapter summaries, exercises, and solutions.

Attribution: Physical Geology – 2nd Edition by Steven Earle is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

World Geography

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization

This world geography text has been positively-reviewed and has been successfully adopted by other faculty. It covers introductory concepts in geography, from North American geography to African geography.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, and summaries.

Attribution:  World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information System Basics

By:  Jonathan E. Campbell, UCLA, Michael Shin, UCLA

This geographic information systems text has been positively-reviewed. It covers introductory concepts in GIS, from augmented maps to vector files.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, and summaries.

Attribution:  Geographic Information System Basics by Jonathan E. Campbell, and Michael Shin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Nature of Geographic Information

By:  David DiBiase, Penn State

This world GIS text has been positively-reviewed. It covers introductory concepts in GIS, from data and information geography to integrating geographic data.

Includes: instructor resources, student resources, and summaries.

Attribution:  Nature of Geographic Information by David DiBiase is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

By:  Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, and Eugenio Arriaga, Portland State University

Spatial AnalysisThe goals of this textbook are to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information and presenting results. We emphasize that the need to investigate the potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting and evaluate its possible applications. GIS may not be necessary (or useful) for every planning application, and we anticipate these readings to provide the necessary foundation for discerning its appropriate use. Therefore, this textbook attempts to facilitate spatial thinking focusing more on open-ended planning questions, which require judgment and exploration, while developing the analytical capacity for understanding a variety of local and regional planning challenges.

Attribution: Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS by Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, and Eugenio Arriaga is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Earth Science

This text includes introductions to concepts from level I earth science courses, from geology to water systems. It was developed through Lumen Learning and a professor of Geology and Earth Sciences from Santa Ana College.

Includes: exercises and summaries.

Open Geography

This website is a resource dedicated to providing high-quality and free online geography resources. There are two relevant textbooks for first-year Geography and Earth Sciences courses which include the majority of topics covered by these first-year courses. The textbooks are Introduction to Human Geography and Introduction to Physical Geography.

Includes: several textbooks, mapping assignments, and a collection of online resources.

Geosciences LibreTexts Library

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on the subject of geosciences.

Includes: lab experiments, case studies, interactive applications and worksheets.

 

If you have questions about Open Educational Resources in your subject area, please contact your subject liaison librarian.

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Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources by Kelly Dermody, Ann Ludbrook, Nada Savicevic, Michelle Schwartz, Reece Steinberg, and Sally Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.