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Maps, Atlases, and Cartographic Resources

How to find and use maps resources at the James E. Brooks Library

Resource links

Washington Specific

Locate Geographic Features and Named Places

  • ‚ÄčGEONames Search - This feature-rich website from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency provides information about geographic place names in multiple languages.
  • Geographic Names Information System [GNIS] - This site from the U.S. Geological Survey has a Basic Query that enables you to search the database for all U.S. geographic features, an Advanced Search that uses additional fields for more complex searches.  This site also enables you to search for features in Antarctica and to search the database for U.S. geographic features using the relevant Census Codes, Class Codes, GSA Codes, and OPM Codes.
  • World Atlas - A general geographic site for base maps and information. Note, this site does not GIS enabled.
  • Geologic Maps of the United States

U.S. Government Agencies Involved with Mapping

Part of the archival site from NASA, this site has an excellent explanation of Latitude and Longitude.