Maps and Mapping

Bierce Library Map and Atlas Collection

The Map Room is located on the second floor of Bierce Library (Room 275). The map collection consists of sheet maps, atlases, and globes. The room also contains large work tables and a tracing table.

GIS at the University Libraries (Bierce 179B)

ArcGIS - The strength of this powerful mapping software lies in its ability to link attribute information to spatial data (map features). ArcGIS allows you to view, analyze, and display spatial information (maps) by overlaying multiple thematic layers and to perform sophisticated buffereing techniques. It also allows you to perform queries (searches) of your data and manipulate your dataset based on its attribute characteristics as well as by its spatial characteristics. Geolytics Census CD (1970 - 2000) - The power of the census right at your fingertips. This series of CD's offers the complete referencing capabilies of the national census in an easy-to-use and quick-to-learn format. You can search through hundreds of demographic, social, and economic variables and display your data in a range of map scales, ranging from the national level down through the census tract and block level, all in just a matter of seconds. Best of all, these CD's allow for the easy export of such data into formats usable by traditional GIS programs, should you require further analyses.
  • SimplyMap - SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that is easily accessed through an innovative and user-friendly interface.

Internet Resources - General

Internet Resources - Government

Internet Resources - Historical Maps

Internet Resources - Map Libraries

Images and Other Media

Associations and Professional Organizations

Area Information (Local, State, National)


  • AnyGeo Blog - Anything Geospatial - Following The Geospatial Web - A GISuser's blog about GIS, GPS, maps, google maps, google earth & anything geospatial - for GIS / Geospatial users and enthusiasts - from the Founder/Managing Editor of and
  • ESRI, Inc. Mapping Center Blog - Mapping Center is about the use of ArcGIS in the graphic delivery of geographic information. Its goal is to help you make great looking maps by using the same cartographic concepts and techniques that professional cartographers use.
  • Google Earth Blog - Google Earth (GE) was released by Google as a free application in June of 2005. Google describes it briefly as: The idea is simple. It's a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route.
  • The Map Room: A Weblog about Maps - The Map Room is a blog that points to maps, map collections, map-related resources, and material about maps on the web.