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Maps Online

Following is a small sampling of open access maps to illustrate the wide variety of resources that are available online. 

GC Map Resources - Online & In Print

The Graduate Center Library holds The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (in the reference collection and online) and a collection of maps and atlases in print and online. 

Atlases:  Look for print atlases on the reference shelves under the Call Letter G and in the Atlas Case, which is located just before the reference shelves on the 2nd floor of the library, a short way from the reference desk.

You can search for printed and electronic atlases in OneSearchSelect the Advanced Search and add the keyword "Atlas."  Set the Material Type to "Books."  Press Search to see results.

Maps:  You can also search for printed and electronic maps in OneSearch.  Select the Advanced Search, add a place name as a Subject term (e.g., "New York") and enter the word "Maps" as an additional Subject term.  Press Search to see results.

CUNY Mapping Service @ the GC's Center for Urban Studies

"Specializ[ing] in the development of online applications that provide intuitive access to powerful data sets, displayed visually through interactive maps and in other formats."  Projects include Welcome to 1940s New YorkOpen Accessible Space Information System (OASIS) in NYC, Visualizing Demographic Change: NYC and other major cities, and many others.

NYC Maps

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names ® (TGN) "is a structured vocabulary, including names, descriptions, and other metadata for extant and historical cities, empires, archaeological sites, and physical features important to research of art and architecture ... intended to aid cataloging, research, and discovery." 

Search The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names