William G. Kenz
Government Documents/Maps/Reference Librarian
|Minnesota State University Moorhead Library collects and houses an assortment of paper maps. These are located in the
first floor reference area. The collection consists of Federal, Minnesota, and North
Dakota United States Geographical
Service (USGS) topographic series, several other federal government agency maps
such as the Central
Intelligence Agency and Census Bureau
maps, and a cabinet of "popular" maps (state transportation maps, for
example). Most maps may be checked out at the government documents/periodicals
circulation desk. Use WebPALS online
catalog and the U.S.
Government Documents (Monthly Catalog online), or contact me to
determine what exactly is in our collection. Visit the USGS, CIA, and Census Bureau
by clicking on the names above.
The atlas collection is housed with the map collection in the first floor reference area and consists mostly of general interest resources.
Many other online map services are available on the web. Several are listed below, but there are numerous other sites worth investigating.
Northwestern University (Ill.) has created a very useful site with links to mapping sources. It includes various federal agency resources ( including Census Bureau tools), international sites, and state sites. Their Reference Resources page is also very useful, with links to GIS tools and gazetteers, dictionaries, and guides.
Minnesota Legislative Maps Page -- Provides links to an assortment of mapping resources related to Minnesota.
Minnesota Land Management and Information Center, MN Planning Agency -- The Land Management Information Center at Minnesota Planning offers services to improve the effective use of geographic information in Minnesota. The Minnesota Planning Agency holds a powerhouse of statewide data, much of it organized by region, county and city. Many data sets can be mapped or downloaded. Perform your own analysis on-the-fly using the agency's interactive Datanet web site. Datanet is an online information system consisting of summarized statistical information serving Minnesota's governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit agencies and citizens. The system contains statistics about social, economic and demographic conditions in Minnesota.
The United States Gazetteer produced by the USGS is also available online for searching place names and creating a map of the areas.
MapStats provides statistics (demographics, economic, and social data) and links to
additional data sources produced by more than 70 agencies in the United States for
profiles of your state and county.
The Civil War Maps collection -- Developed by the Library of Congress, there are approximately 2240 maps in this collection with 76 atlases and sketchbooks. Updated monthly.
Switchboard -- amongst several online telephone directories, allows the creation of maps. These resources are useful for locating a person or business on a map.
Daily Planet --
Presented by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) in the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the site includes information on weather and climate products, an
online guide to meteorology, the DAS brochure, and the Weather Visualizer's page of
customized weather maps. Discusses forces and winds, clouds and optical effects,
thunderstorms and tornadoes, and weather forecasting methods. Provides access to the
UIUC-CoVis Geosciences Web server.
National Geographic Map Machine -- Printable maps from the National Geographic.
Atlas of Cyberspace --
"An Atlas of Cyberspace is the name of a Web Page and a very unusual one at that. If
you can imagine the internet in maps then you are visualizing this website and if you
cannot you need to take a look at this. There are sections of various kinds of map images
related to Cyberspace and these include these sections of map types: Conceptual, Artistic, Geographic,
Cables and Satelites, Traceroutes, Topology, Census, Information Maps,
Information Landscapes, Information Spaces, Information Spaces,Information
Spaces, Web Site Maps, Surf Maps, Historical".
MapQuest - Create online maps and find driving directions and travel guides.
MapBlast - Find and create maps.
Online - "Atlapedia
Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics
on countries of the world. The **Countries A to Z** section, provides facts, figures
and statistical data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy
& more..for each individual country.
Infomine: Maps and GIS - From the Libraries of the University of California, the site contains numerous mapping (and statistical) resources.
Purchasing U.S. Geological Survey Maps
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Last updated 03/11/02 [William G. Kenz]