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Tutt Library Research Guides


Maps: Map Tools

what is at Tutt Library along with some online sources


Geographic Names Information System
for the US and Territories
   - includes features normally on USGS 7½ minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps
   - ongitude& latitude, and feature information
   - searchable by feature name
   - may limit by attributes (state, county, and feature category, etc.).

CC has paper copies for Topos covering Colorado and sourthwest states.

U.S. Gazetteer
  - identify places to view with the Tiger Map server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup (Census Bureau)
  - gazetteer searchable worldwide geographical features (not government site)

Map Tools

U.S. Map Resources and Tools

Ancient World Mapping Center - digital maps, cartography, historical geography, and geographical information

Geospatial Data and Activities

National Map - interactive - design, print or download map layers for use in other software programs; includes surface elevation, topography, boundaries, hydrography, geographic names, transportation systems, structures, high-resolution orthoimagery, land cover, and more. map service.

National Atlas of the U.S. - interactive - design and print page-sized maps or download map layers. Resolution is generally on a national or state scale. Includes hundreds of data layers relating to agriculture, biology, climate, environment, geology, history, transportation, people, and water.

Geospatial Data - from

Geospatial Platform - shate data, map lauers, data sets and sources


Open Source Geospatial Foundation - to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software

OpenStreetMap - map creation and editing

Geography: U.S. Geological Survey - provides online maps and map tools: how to read and make maps, resources on land use, and satellite images related to the journey of Lewis and Clark; design your own map to display boundaries, geographic names, transportation systems, water, land cover, climate, and more.

Finding Your Way with a Map and Compass hands - how to navigate using a compass and topographic maps.

Topo Map Symbols - explanation of topographic maps and map symbols.

Elevations and Distances - tables of information covering elevations of features and distances between points in the U.S.; can also locate the geographic center of each state.

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