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Finding and using printed and online maps
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About Maps at UT Libraries

The Library has maps and geographic information in many formats:  single maps (sheet maps), and atlases, for example.  In addition to the Map Collection, maps may also be found in the Reference, Government Documents, the General Collection, and online.


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Finding Maps in the UT Library Catalog

Maps can most effectively be found in the UT Library Catalog by conducting a keyword search with the phrase 'd:maps' in the search.  This will find materials where the subject heading contains the word maps.  Use the Location information to determine which collection the map, atlas, or book is in. 

Or, topograhic maps of Ohio and other Great Lakes states can be found with a

Finding Maps Online

The libraries have access to several databases that provide specialized geographic information from OhioLINK.  There are also plenty of free map-related sites on the Internet.

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  Icon
    Large-scale street plans of Ohio communities, produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867-1970.
  • AP Images  Icon
    By clicking on Print Graphics from the More Media menu and searching for a geographic term, you can find news graphics which often contain maps.
  • The Perry-Castenada Library
    Keeps a very detailed page of maps, including maps for sites of current news interest and outline maps.
  • National Geographic Society
  • Google Maps
    One of several popular street mapping sites. Can be used for directions, overlayed with aerial imagery, etc.
  • Bing Maps
    Online map service with directions, 'bird's eye view', etc.
  • CIA Maps & Publications  Icon
    De-classified maps from the Central Intelligence Agency. Great for basic political boundary and simple terrain maps. Images available, full maps available for purchase.
  • United Nations Cartographic Section
    Detailed maps available as PDF for countries, regions, and UN Mission areas.
  • USGS Store
    Order or download topographic ('topo') maps. Downloads are free and are in a special GeoPDF format.
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    Many historical maps are available on this site.
  • Old Maps Online
    Historical maps from the David Rumsey Collection and other historical map collections with a great search interface.

Carlson Library Map Collection

The Map Collection is located on the east side of the third floor of Carlson Library and consists of sheet maps and atlases.  These maps are for reference use, and therefore do not circulate. However, exceptions may be made for items to be used briefly in the classroom or for projects of short duration.

Maps are arranged by Library of Congress classification numbers. Atlases are on stands in the Collection.

Most of the collection consists of topographic maps (showing contours and elevation) for the Great Lakes states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well at the Canadian province of Ontario) from the United States Geological Survey. These are arranged in drawers by call numbers that group states by geographic region, with the maps filed alphabetically by quadrangle name.  An index is included in each drawer.

Place Call Number (All Start with 'G')
Illinois 4100
Indiana 4090
Michigan 4110
Minnesota 4140
New York 3800
North Carolina 3900
North Dakota 4170
Ohio 4080
Pennsylvania 3820
Wisconsin 4120
Ontario (Canadian Province) 3460

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