Contents for Geography & Maps
- Starting research: reference books
- Other electronic books
- Finding journal articles
- Useful geography & maps sites
- Useful sites for countries of the world
- Additional resources, including print
These resources are available to anyone on campus. They are also available off campus to Chemeketa students and employees. Resources that are available to anyone, anywhere, are marked with a "world" symbol.
Other Reference Books on Geography and Area Studies
- Berkshire Encyclopedia of China: Modern and Historic Views of the World's Newest and Oldest Global Power
- CIA World Factbook
- Countries and Their Cultures
- Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People
- Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
- Guide to Countries of the World
- The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Ireland
- Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series
- New Encyclopedia of Africa
- The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History
- Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
- For pictures, click Image Search on the NGVL search page
- For maps, click Advanced Search on the NGVL search page
Finding more electronic books
To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:
Finding Journal and Magazine Articles
There are geography-related journals in many databases. A good way to start looking for articles is by using the Gale OneSearch..
To search in National Geographic magazine from 1888 to the present, visit the National Geographic Virtual Library.
Useful Geography Sites
Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below. Note that some of the sources, such as the Geographic Names Information System, have to be searched individually.
For topographic maps of the U.S., see the Geographic Names Information System.
Browsing List: Geography and Maps
- California Geographical Survey - http://geogdata.csun.edu/
- Despite the name, this site includes panoramic aerial images of all the Pacific coastal states of the U.S. Click on "The Electronic Map Library" to access these atlases as well as other maps.
- EROS home page - http://eros.usgs.gov/
- Site of U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center, otherwise known as the EDC.; a Photo Finder site for the National Aerial Photography Program; educational materials; and Earthshots, a "a collection of Landsat images and text, designed to show environmental changes and to introduce remote sensing."
- Geographic Names Information System - http://geonames.usgs.gov/
- A service of the U.S. Geological Survey, the GNIS gives information on United States geographic names of all kinds. Results give coordinates, elevation, and other info, along with links to topographic map servers. The page also includes a link to the GEOnet Names Server for geographic names outside the United States.
- Geospatial Intelligence Agency - Raster Roam - http://geoengine.nima.mil/geospatial/SW_TOOLS/NIMAMUSE/webinter/rast_roam.html
- Enter a latitude and longitude to see a map of that location. Zoom, view metadata, and feature information. A product of the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
- Harvard Map Collection http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/maps/
- A Harvard University site with geospatial data, images from the University's large map collection, and more.
- How Far Is It? - http://www.indo.com/distance/
- Super-duper distance engine. Enter the names of two places, and the computer will respond with the distance between them in miles, kilometers, & nautical miles, the course and heading, and the latitude and longitude of each place. Linked to the Xerox PARC map server, too.
- Map Locator and Downloader (USGS Store)
- Helps the user to find and download free U.S. Topographic maps.
- Map Machine @ nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/
- Includes an atlas with descriptive information on countries; View from Above presents maps from satellite information.
- My NASA Data Latitude & Longitude Finder - http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/latitudelongitude-finder/
- Look up a place name, then locate an exact spot on a satellite view to get latitude and longitude.
- PCL Map Collection - U. Texas - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
- University of Texas site with many maps in electronic form, including historical maps. There are links to other map collections
- U.S.A.: 50 States and Capitals - http://www.50states.com/
- Information on every state, including state symbols, flags, and songs.
- University of Alabama Historical Map Archive
- Images of thousands of historical maps.
Browsing List: Countries of the World
- INCORE internet country guides - http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/cds/countries/index.html
- Provides scholarly and news information on ethnic conflicts in Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Ireland, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro, Russia, Chechnya, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Turkey, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Sindh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, East Timor, Myanmar (Burma), Colombia. (Others may be added.) Each country's guide includes an annotated list leading to virtual libraries, topical Web sites and reports, news sources, maps, and relevant research articles.
- Organization of American States (OAS) - http://www.oas.org/
- Information about OAS as well as its member states. Topics include: development; democracy; human rights; trade; environment; education; drugs; corruption; poverty; land mines. Accessible in both English and Spanish (con conexión a la página principal de la Organización de los Estados Americanos en Español. Temas incluyen desarrollo integral; democracía; derechos humanos; comercio; medio ambiente; educacíon; drogas; corrupción; pobreza; desminado).
- Political database of the Americas - http://pdba.georgetown.edu/
- A comprehensive resource of current primary source documents and political information about Western Hemisphere politics. Base de Datos Políticos de las Americas, con una conexión a una página principal en Español. Una recopilación de información documental y estadística sobre los 35 países del continente.
- United Nations Home Page - http://www.un.org/
- Contains search engine for UN press releases, General Assembly documents, Security Council Resolutions, etc. Database subjects include treaties, relief, land mines, statistics & indicators, etc. To find agencies of the UN, most with their own search engines, click on "UN Around the World." Con conexión a la página principal de las Naciones Unidas en Español.
Finding Additional Resources
See a list of printed reference books (exclusive of atlases).
See a list of printed atlases.
The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:
- Geographical Magazine
- National Geographic
Use the library catalog to look for additional materials
- The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs
- You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings
- A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below
Fig. 1. The library catalog search
The Library of Congress has a Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.
You may have to do several searches in the library catalog to find books that might be pertinent to your subject. Try different combinations of key words.
If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).
Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.
- Summit: http://summit.orbiscascade.org/
- How to use Summit: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/summit.php
- More Summit Help: http://www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/help/default.htm
- Help with the WorldCat interface: http://www.oclc.org/support/help/navpatron/ApplicationHelp.htm
- Libraries & Map: http://orbiscascade.org/index/member-map
To comment or request help, please e-mail Reference or call 503.399.5231.
Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/geography.php
Updated: 22 November 2013