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   According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of a map is "a diagrammataic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc.  OR a diagram or collection of data showing the spatial arrangement or distribution of something over an area."  Clearly, there are many different types of maps and many uses for them.  We normally look at a map to figure out how to get from one place to another, or to know how far away you are from something.  You may not know the many different types of maps available, including nautical, aeronautical, astronomical, biological, historical, statistical and many others.

   This research guide was created to help you find maps and map data online.  The map data page gives links to sources of primarily GIS data, but many of the sites also provide their own map software or online map viewer to use with their data.  (Be sure to see the research guide devoted to GIS for additional informatin on that topic). The Internet Portals page lists websites that have a large selection of Internet links for you to browse.  The rest of the pages give links to websites that have online maps relating to their category.

   Hopefully this research guide will help you find the maps you need for your given topic.  Should you need additional assistance, please contact the library by phone, e-mail or in person.  We are here to help you. 

Brian Humphreys, Advanced Administrative Assistant,

Heterick Memorial Library