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Finding Maps in MERLIN

Find Maps in MERLIN

Use the Advanced Search.

  • In the Limit To area, choose Print Map as a Material Type
  • Enter the location in the search box (state, city and state, park, river, etc.) Examples are "Denali national park,"  "Boone County Missouri,"  or "Cape Canaveral."

Use the Basic Keyword

  • search by adding the term "map" to any location or keyword (eg. "map Spain" or "poverty map")
  • If the item is a map, the map icon will be shown on the right of each row.
  • A book is indicated with a book icon. Some books may contain also maps of interest. Click on each item to view details; the Description line will indicate if the book has a map.

Basic and Outline Maps

  • Bing Maps
    Bing maps often provide different imagery from Google Maps. Their street view is not as extensive, but they do offer an oblique "bird's eye" view.
  • d-maps
    Over 29,000 outline maps of the world, continents, countries and more. All downloadable in six graphic formats.
  • Google Maps
    View basic or custom maps and local business information, including business locations, contact information, and driving directions. Click and drag maps to view adjacent sections immediately. View satellite images of your desired location that you can zoom and pan. Some areas include traffic information and street-level views.
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Outline Maps
    Download political outline maps, with or without labels.
  • National Geographic Outline Maps
    Create outline maps of states, countries and regions. Add lines, text and markers.
  • P & P World Map
    Zoom in, paint colored lines, add text, color fill countries. Then download, print or share.
  • Wundermap
    Weather Underground's interactive map of current weather conditions.
  • Scribble Maps
    Using Google Maps, this application allows you to add custom images and overlays, place text and markers, create custom widgets, export to Google My Maps or Google Earth, and save in various formats.
  • MAPme
    Using Google Maps as a base, create your own maps with text, lines, added photos and more. Share with friends and allow others to edit the map.
  • PAT: The Free , Open Source, Portable Atlas
    An online atlas of public domain maps of 238 countries (with
    ISO country codes) and 46 regions. The maps may be downloaded and used freely. Individual maps may be downloaded or you can download zip files of all countries, all regions, or half-size maps

Maps and Geography

Maps can help us understand the world, our state and our neighborhood. Maps can show demographic data about the people who live in an area. Maps can convey environmental and geologic data. City managers use maps to plan for roadways, sidewalks and parks. Historians use maps to document migration or land use over time. Agriculture researchers use maps to look at soil types, vegetation and tree growth. Biologists use maps to track wildlife populations. Sociologists use maps to learn how the local environment may affect human behavior. Click on the tabs above to see how maps can be used to explore and explain complex ideas.

For research into geography, please visit the Guide to Geography Resources.

Road Maps

A Missouri road map is available at the Reference Desk.

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