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Using Maps

The Map Collection includes indexes, atlases, geographical dictionaries, and other finding aids and reference materials.  Knowledgeable staff are available to assist patrons in locating maps, geographic places, the interpretation of scale and symbols, and other aspects of map use.


Additional map use resources:

Citation of Maps

Guide to Citing Maps Atlases

Locating Geographic Names

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

US Board on Geographic Names.  Location finder for known place name.


Map Use and Interpretation

Coordinate Systems Overview.  Explainslocal and global systems such as latitude and longitude for use in precise positioning, navigation, and geographic information systems for the location of points in space. Developed byPeter H. Dana, The Geographer's Craft Project, Department of Geography, The University of Colorado at Boulder

Glossary of Cartographic Terms.  Perry Castaneda Map Library

USGS Global Positioning System

USGS Topographic Maps.  History and general information on United States Geologic Survey and topographic maps, finding and ordering USGS maps, including digital raster graphics



Last Edited: 23 December 2014