Map Library Resources forFall 2005
The University Libraries
The Map Library Collection
The Map Library collection consists of about 200,000 maps, over 1000 atlases and geographic reference books, and a growing collection of digital spatial data. Our collection provides well-rounded, world-wide coverage comprised of general and thematic maps and atlases at small and large scales and related reference materials such as gazetteers.
Map Library Location
Chinook, the University Libraries Catalog
Chinook provides access to the millions of holdings in Norlin Library and the five branch libraries. It includes books, periodicals, maps, compact disks, electronic databases, e-books, and more. (To search for articles, use Find Articles and More.)
General instructions for searching Chinook.
Managing Your Library Account
Chinook is also used to manage your library account. Choose "My Chinook" from the Chinook home page to renew items, put a hold on or recall an item, and to save often-used searches.
Map Library Resources for the City Analysis Assignment
Tips on Searching for Maps
We estimate that more than half of the maps in our collection are cataloged in Chinook. All of the atlases, reference books, and CDs in the Map Library can be found through Chinook.
It is often helpful to limit your search to "material type: maps/globes". Many atlases and electronic maps are located in places other than the Map Library, so be wary of using the limit to "Location: Map Library".
Always remember that when you search for a map in Chinook, you are not seeing our full collection; you are only seeing what has been cataloged so far. Come to the Map Library and we can help you search for what you need.
Searching for Uncataloged MapsUncataloged maps are arranged in order by geographic area in drawers that can be browsed. We have a number of indexes and databases in paper and online that we can use to help you find the map you need. Please ask us for help.
Understanding & Using Maps
Use these links to learn more about scale, USGS topographic map symbols, important considerations in cartography, and other map-related basics.
Topographic Maps: A discussion about topographic maps including map symbols and how to read a topographic map. From the USGS.
Making Sense of Maps: Discusses the basics of map use from the perspective of maps as historical evidence. From History Matters.
Understand Maps, from About.com's Geography section
Tons of useful articles about various aspects of maps, such as scale, latitude and longitude, and map projections.
Map Library Contact Information
Reference Desk: 303-492-7578
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