Maps and Atlases
Using Indexes and Databases
There are many aids for finding maps. The resources listed below can be used as indexes to identify maps. When you use general map indexes, you will also need to check the library's online catalog or consult with a reference librarian to determine if the NCSU Libraries owns the map.
NCSU Library Online Catalog - This is the first place to look. Try a keyword search for the geographic name or area and limit your search to Format: - Maps. You can also look for maps in atlases by using "atlases" as a keyword.
National Geologic Map Database - Maps and related data about geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology.
Topographic Map Indexes - USGS topographic indexes of the United States in the following scales: 1:24,000, 1:100,00, and 1:250,000.
Index to Maps of North Carolina in Books and Periodicals Illustrating
the History of the State from the Voyage of Verrazzano in 1524 to 1975
/ by David Sanders Clark.
Descriptive Catalog of Maps Published by Congress, 1817-1843, compiled
by Martin P. Claussen and Herman R. Friis. Washington, D.C., 1941.
CIS US Serial Set Index: Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps, 1789–1969.
Indexes many early maps published by the federal government on topics
including exploration west of the Mississippi River, the growth of American
railroads, the Civil War, and more.
Maps Contained in the Publications of the American Bibliography, 1639-1819
: an index and checklist by Jim Walsh.
Index to Maps of the American Revolution in Books and Periodicals: illustrating
the Revolutionary War and other events of the period 1763-1789. By David
Index to Plant Distribution Maps in North American Periodicals through
1972. Compiled by W. Louis Phillips and Ronald L. Stuckey. 1976.
Index to Maps in Earth Science Publications, 1963-1983. Compiled by John
For more information, use Ask Us or contact: