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Maps and Geospatial Imagery: Locating Non-Digital Maps

Finding Maps in the Library

You can find maps in the MU Libraries collections.  Several kinds of maps are available.  

  • Topographic maps
  • Topo! CD-ROMs
  • General, reference, and thematic maps
  • Geologic maps
  • Vegetation maps
    • Küchler Vegetation Map Collection - compiled by plant geographer, A.W. Küchler.  All regions of the world are represented.  These maps are listed in the Libraries Catalog.  Search by keyword or subject, using "phytogeography" or other term, the name of the region, country or locality, and maps. 

Maps can have call numbers that are a bit different than those used for books. Books, use the Library of Congress Classification system for call numbers. Some maps also use this system however some use the SuDocs system.

Finding Atlases

Atlases are books with collections of maps, on a general area such as the World or a continent, on a country, or a topic. 

These can be searched in the library's catalog.

Remember that an atlas will be broader in its coverage than an individual map.  Topical atlases cover a very broad topic, such as climate, the environment, or population.  Regional atlases will cover a large region or country.

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