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Maps and other Geographic Data   Tags: eresources, research, schools  

From blank "outline" maps to seismicity maps to tree and bird distribution maps, this guide is your starting point for visual representations of geographic information.
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Maps & Geographic Data eResources

In A to Z Maps you have access to maps, flags, games, images and puzzles developed by World Trade Press — plus public domain maps and images culled from hundreds of resources worldwide.

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In-depth e-content in 156 data categories with 50+ maps for each state. A to Z the USA has thousands of U.S. state reports and articles ready to download, royalty-free image collections of flags, vintage postcards, panoramic photos, license plates, and much more. Map collections include thousands of modern and antique maps, and dozens of other categories feature data on geography, government, history, and society and culture. 

As a “one-stop” source for country, geographic, cultural, social, business and travel information, Global Road Warrior presents robust, practical and continuously expanding content of interest to all ages. Easy-to-navigate interface and intuitive browsing features help users to find information quickly and concisely.

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With Digital Sanborn Maps, you have online access to large-scale maps of towns and cities in the United States, for the time period 1867-1970.

Grolier Online Passport offers access to an online atlas. Click on the text of the world map to bring up maps of that area. The map also provides links to encyclopedia articles on the countries, regions, and so on.



Types of Maps

There are many types of maps: political maps, physical & topographic maps, outline maps and thematic maps. The links on this page will help you find each type of map. Geographic Information Systems allow you to interact with maps to visualize complex data relationships.

Political maps show political (man-made) boundaries: Countries, cities, states, and so on. Search A To Z Maps, or use the drop down menu to find United Nations maps of the world, regions, or countries.


Physical and topographic maps show the landscape: mountain ranges, rivers, elevation, and similar features. Available in A To Z Maps. Advanced users can make their own maps from US Geological Survey data, using the USGS Map Locator tool.

Outline maps are like blank maps that show just the outline of countries, states, continents, oceans. They are often used in school projects to teach geography. These are available in A to Z Maps, or using this search engine. Just enter the name of the place for which you need an outline map:

Search for Outline/Blank Maps



Historical and antique maps show the world as it was in the past, or how cartographers thought it was!

Thematic maps different kinds of information: population, battles, trade routes, industry, crime, or just about anything else you can think of.  Some are available in A To Z Maps. For data collected by the US Government, try the National Atlas.

Many maps show multiple kinds of information. Political maps may show mountain ranges, for example. And a physical map may show state boundaries. But in general the physical map will be more detailed about the physical features, and a political map will have more information about man-made boundaries. 


From Our Print Collections

We also have an extensive collection of maps in our Special Collections Library, as well as many books about maps and cartography.

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Maphead : charting the wide, weird world of geography - Ken Jennings
ISBN: 9781439167175
It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been. From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

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Strange maps : an atlas of cartographic curiosities - Frank Jacobs
"Brimming with trivia, deadpan humor, and idiosyncratic lore, Strange Maps is a fascinating tour of all things weird and wonderful in the world of cartography."


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