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Maps: Finding Maps

A guide to library research tools for maps, mapping and Geographic Information Systems.

Finding Maps

Finding Maps in the Barton Catalog

  •  Do an advanced search by collection type maps
  •  Search by subject, typing the place name and then maps:
          ex: United States maps, Massachusetts maps, Boston maps
  • Other subject terms to try:
         map collections, maps and mapping, maps, early, cartography
  • Maps are often included as plates in books; use a subject search in Barton, then choose the "Full display" option to see whether the book includes maps.
  • For atlases, use a combined keyword search: subject [place name] and keyword [atlas*]

Finding Maps in Geoweb

  • Search MIT's geodata repository for both GIS data and map records.
  • Click on "Paper Map" in the left sidebar to limit your search results to maps in the libraries.
  • Click on "Scanned Map" to view and download historic maps from Harvard.

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