GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH ›› 1982, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (4): 1-9.

### A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL LITERATURE AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY OF IT

Guo Yang

1. The Institute of Geography, Academia Sinica
• Online:1982-12-15 Published:1982-12-15

Abstract: This paper deals with the characteristics of the geographical literature and explains the regularity of its distribution.Geography studies the inner relationships and the law of evolution of various natural and human phenomena.It is a synthetic and regional science interrelated and overlapped with many other disciplines. It is only natural that these characteristics give impact to geographical literature.The usage of geographical literature lasts longer than that of other kinds of literature, and its source and distribution are particularly scattered. By analyzing the literature cited from the digests and magazines, this paper shows that in the li-teraure of periodicals used by geographers, only about 25% come from geographical periodicals. The percentage is higher in the synthetic and summary study, and lower in the study of the branches of geography or of techniques. A large part of the reference comes from the periodicals of related disciplines. That is the reason why geographers have to spend more time in collecting data from different books and magazines.Finally, this paper elucidates the significance for those who study the geographical literature to understand the trend of the development of geography, the selection of tasks, the consultation of literature as well as the improvement of its management.