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Physical Maps at Colgate University Libraries
Cooley Science Library Map Holdings Unrestricted Access
There is an index for maps in Cooley, but they are not cataloged.

Case Library Map and Atlas Holdings
Atlases are kept in the Reference Collection on the 3rd floor of Case Library, and maps are in Dempsey Reading Room, behind the Reference Collection.  Most maps are not cataloged, all atlases are. Find the cataloged maps and atlases in the catalog by doing an advanced keyword search and limiting the locaton to CASE maps.
Virtual Map Collections
These collections have digitzed map images which can be downloaded, printed out, added to papers or posters, etc.  Always check the collection's copyright and use policies before you use one of their maps.

The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection Unrestricted Access
Contains images of tens of thousands of maps of the world's nations, major cities, state outline maps and more. Provided by the University of Texas, Austin. See How to print a map? for instructions on printing these maps. This collection has a very user-friendly copyright policy.

U.S.G.S. Maps Imagery and Publications Unrestricted Access
Gateway to maps, aerial photograhps, satelite images and data available to view, download, and purchase from the USGS. 

FEMA Map Center Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
The Federal Emergency Management Agency source for online flood hazard maps.

NYS DEC Maps Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
This webpage provides access to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's online map collection which includes Google Earth compatible files, static maps which be printed, several interactive mapping tools, and geospatial data. 

Harvard Digital Map Collection Unrestricted Access
First-time visitors should read the "Introduction" area and then browse through some of the map indexes. The site also includes technical information on the collection, and a selection of "Search Strategies". Some of the maps here document 17th century London, the Revolutionary War, and towns in Massachusetts. The detailed search engine allows users to search by collection, keyword, and those records that have digital objects. Finally, the site also includes a link to the Harvard Geospatial Library, a geoportal that allows geographic searches for maps and geospatial data.

Euratlas Unrestricted Access
A large number of atlases and photos. Of interest is the periodical historical atlas of Europe, which allows you to see Europe at the beginning of each century. A commercial site, complete with ads and a shop, but lots of free info.

University of California Earth Sciences and Map Library Unrestricted Access
A large digital collection, accessible through OskiCat (Berkely's catalog). The Earth Science and Map Library provides tips on searching for maps in OskiCat

Atlas of Urban Expansion Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
This online atlas provides population and land cover/use data for 120 major cities worldwide. Printable maps, GIS data, and KML files are all available.  The web site is a companion to the book, The Atlas of Urban Expansion.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States Unrestricted Access
Ray Sterner at Johns Hopkins University provides relief, satellite, county outlines and historical maps for each state. Also has links to state maps on other sites.

Virtual Historical Map Collections Here
Virtual Globes
Google Earth Unrestricted Access
View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.  Many ineresting additions and lots of useful ideas can be found in the Google Earth Community.

NASA World WindJava SDK Unrestricted Access
See the demos for the types of applications this program can be used for, from surface imagery to terrain plotting.
Interactive Mapping Sites
These sites allow you to make your own maps and then export and/or print them.

U.S. Bureau of the Census has multiple products:
ESRI, the maker of GIS market leader ArcGIS, has two free online mapping programs. World Map Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
This is an open-source mapping portal developed by Harvard University's Center for Geographic Analysis.  It is also the site of the more narrowly focused AfricaMap

Map Maker - National Atlas of the United States of America Unrestricted Access
Interactive program produces small-scale maps. Includes authoritative digital national geospatial (e.g. soils, boundaries, volcanoes, principal aquifers) and geostatistical data sets (e.g. crime patterns, population distribution, incidence of disease). Available geographic areas include state, county, and zip code boundaries or geographic coordinates like latitude and longitude. Map layers may be downloaded in the Shapefile format or in the Topological Vector Profile of the Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS). Non-interactive, 1970 print version in Case Atlases GN1200.U57 1970. Single map sheets covering specific subjects in Case Maps; cabinet 4, drawer 7.

My Map - US Geospatial Platform Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Another interactive web-based mapping tool which allows a user to search for government map layers and then use them to construct a map which can be printed out and/or downloaded.

Social Explorer Restricted Access Some full text available
1790 - present. A premier U.S. demographics website with online tools help you visually analyze and understand the demography of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports.

EnviroMapper Unrestricted Access
Interactive tool for mapping several types of environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. Also links to text reports

EJView Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
This is an interactive environmental justice mapping tool developed by the EPA.  It brings together data from wide variety of sources (EPA, US Census, USGS, Bing maps, etc.) that can be displayed geographically a tremendous range of scales from the very local to the national level.  The resulting maps can be printed out and/or cut and pasted as images into other documents.

Wetlands Mapper Unrestricted Access
From the National Wetlands Inventory Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Unrestricted Access
A government portal that allows users to find data or map services, make maps, browse community information, and contribute geospatial data. Personalized maps require registration. Please read privacy notice. Unrestricted Access
A Google Earth competitor that permits you to upload data to help create a map of the world with a wide array of geographical, social, and recreational information

National Geographic Map Machine Unrestricted Access
Joint project of National Geographic and ERSI.

Map of Life Unrestricted Access
This web-based mapping tool from Yale and the University of Colorado-Boulder is still in test mode.  It does provide spatial and other data for 25,000 species worldwide.  It is not currently possible to download data or maps from the Map of Life.

Antiquity A-la-carte - Ancient World Mapping Center Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
This web-based mapping tool allows you to make maps of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, North Africa, and the Near East.  It covers 750 BCE to 600 CE.  You can save and print your map as a PDF or save it as a KML for use with Google Earth.

Spatial Explorer of Religion Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
 The title of this interactive mapping tool is slightly misleading.  This sites focuses on China, and religion is only one of a number of features that can be mapped.  You can create maps of China and export them as PDFs or JPEGs.

World Bank eAtlas Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
This is part of the World Bank's suite of data visualization tools.  Four different eAtlas Applications are available: Financial Inclusion, Gender, Global Development, and the Millenium Development Goals. 

Freshwater Ecoregions of the World Unrestricted Access
(FEOW) provides a new global biogeographic regionalization of the Earth`s freshwater biodiversity. Covering virtually all freshwater habitats on Earth, this first-ever ecoregion map, together with associated species data, is a useful tool for underpinning global and regional conservation planning efforts, particularly to identify outstanding and imperiled freshwater systems; for serving as a logical framework for large-scale conservation strategies; and for providing a global-scale knowledge base for increasing freshwater biogeographic literacy.
GeoData@Tufts Unrestricted Access
This is a geoportal which allows you to search for geospatial data either spatially via a map interface or by keywords.  Tuft's partners include Tufts, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, MassGIS, Stanford and UC Berkeley, and geospatial data from all these institutions is available.

Bhuvan Unrestricted Access
A Geoportal of Indian Space Research Organisation Showcasing Indian Imaging Capabilities in Multi-sensor, Multi-platform and Multi-temporal domain. This Earth browser gives a gateway to explore and discover virtual earth in 3D space with specific emphasis on Indian Region. 

Old Maps Online Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
This geoportal combines the David Rumsey Map Collection, A Vistion of Britain through Time from the University of Portsmouth, the map collection of the Czech Republic's Moravian Library, The British Library's map collection, and the National Library of Scotland's Maps of Scotland
GEOnet Name Server Unrestricted Access
Provides access to the NGA's database of foreign and domestic geographic feature names. Approximately 20,000 of the database's 3.5 million features are updated monthly with names information approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

Geographic Names Information System Unrestricted Access
Information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The Federally recognized name of each feature described in the data base is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by State, county, and geographic coordinates. The GNIS is our Nation's official repository of domestic geographic names information.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online Unrestricted Access
The TGN is a structured, world-coverage vocabulary of 1.3 million names, including vernacular and historical names, coordinates, and place types, and descriptive notes, focusing on places important for the study of art and architecture.

Citing Maps and Geospatial Data
Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide CASE Ref. GA 108.7.K65 2010 Unrestricted Access
This guide is produced by the Map and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association.  It is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, but it can be used with any style guide to ensure that maps and geospatial data are properly cited.  Copies  are available at the Reference Desk and the Dictionary Stands on the 3rd floor, and at the 5th floor Learning Commons Desk of Case Library.

University of Wisconsin Guide to Citing Geospatial Data, Maps, or Atlases

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