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Research Guide: Finding Maps

Finding Maps

Most maps in the Stewart Library's Map Collection are  published by the United States government and are distributed to Weber through the University's participation in the U.S. Depository Library Program. Almost all maps of the United States in the Map Collection are produced by or in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey.  Maps are located in the Reference Department, Middle Level North.

Topographic Maps

Topographic maps of the United States are arranged alphabetically by State and by Quadrangle name. Each quadrangle is named according to a prominent geographic feature. The topographic maps are located on the Middle Level North, in map cases.  

For Utah Maps see the 7.5 minute Quadrangle Names Map attached to the top of the map cabinets.

The Index to Topographic and other Map Coverage  are guides to individual quadrangle maps available for each state are on top of the south  map cabinet (green booklets).  Look for the STATE INDEX sign.  Use indexes to find the maps available for each state, then find the  appropriate state drawer and locate the named map.  The Catalogs of Topographic and other Published Maps for each state are located in the same area (brown booklets) and contain a catalog of USGS published maps for each state.   We have many, but not all of the state maps.

What is  Map Scale?



Topographical Map Series available at the Library:

1:24,000 scale,  7.5 minute.  All states filed alphabetically.  Look at the signage.

1:50,000 scale.  Supplements the 7.5 series.  See the Index to 1:50,000 scale maps with the other indexes on the south map cabinet.

1:62,500 scale15 minute map  - Utah only.

1:100,000 scale, 30 x 60 minute maps  - See the appropriate state's Index to Topographic and other Map Coverage for the map names.  These maps are also filed alphabetically by state.

1:250,000 scale  All states and Antarctica, Canada and Peru.

1:500,000  scale state maps.

United States maps of various scales


USGS Geological and Hydrologic Maps

Location:  Black Filing Cabinets Reference, Middle Level North.

To find U.S.G.S. Geologic and Hydrologic Maps:

GeoRef  - (Access through the Library's Databases By Title Page)   Database for worldwide literature of the geosciences. 1785 to present for North America; 1933 to present for international literature Updated 24 times a year.  Search tips:  Select Advanced Searching Mode. Select map as a type of material.  Type in search terms, for example Richfield and Utah.  Select the appropriate title and note map series and text number in the report number filed of the record.  You can also search by coordinates.  This is available to WSU students only.

Guide to USGS Publications  Located on Table 3B  A cumulative guide that contains map series and papers published since the inception of the USGS.  This guide contains complete area, subject, coordinate and author indexes.  Catalogs more than 10,000 thematic maps and professional papers published by the United States Geological Survey.

National Geologic Map Database   Geoscience resource for maps and related data about:
geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology


Series Name Series Name
C Coal Investigations L Land Use and Land Cover
GP Geophysical Investigations MF Miscellaneous Field Studies
GQ Geologic Quadrangle MR Mineral Investigations Resource
H Hydrologic Units OC Oil and Gas Investigations Charts
HA Hydrologic Investigations OM Oil and Gas Investigations Maps
I Miscellaneous Investigations Studies    
  •    Please do not re-file maps.  Place on top of map cabinet for staff re-filing.
  •    Individual maps may be checked out for a three day period.
  •    Photocopy machines in the Library can be used to duplicate portions of the map. 

    Photocopy machines in the Library can be used to duplicate portions of the map.  To duplicate an entire map, try local copying services, such as Kinkos or Ogden Blue Print & Supply Co.


Other Government Agency Maps, National Geographic & Miscellaneous Maps

Location:  Black Filing Cabinets - Reference, Middle Level North.

Utah - State park maps and brochures, national parks, Utah national areas

U.S. Department of Interior Maps -  Filed by SuDoc numbers I 19.53.11:  Search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications online to find SuDoc numbers.

Country/Areas of the World Maps - CIA map series filed alphabetically by country name.  Also world maps.

National Geographic Maps - Small collection from the National Geographic Magazine.  

Selected City maps 

Reference Maps

Atlas of Utah - Reference Desk, Middle Level North.

All TOPO Maps - Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana topographic maps on CD-ROM. Ask for the disks at the Circulation Desk.

State maps and Road Atlases  are located at the Reference Desk, Middle Level North.

Online Map Resources

United States Maps & Atlases

Aerial Maps Links - from USGS Outline Maps  - from Education Place
Census Maps PCL Map Collection
Color Landform Atlas of the United States Rand McNalley Travel & Maps
DeLorme's Cyberrouter Every  USGS 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map in the U.S.
GEONet Names Server
Provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Contains nearly 1 million place names representing approximately 900,000 places, with their latitudes, longitudes, and political and physical hierarchies

United States State Map Sites - University of Texas
Google Maps USGS
Geographic Names Information System USGS USGS Map Dealers
Historical Maps of the United States - University of Texas USGS store
Library of Congress Map Collections - 1500 - 2004 USGS National Geologic Map Database 
Map Blast USGS National Map
Maps of the United States - University of Texas World Press Review World Map Connection 
Map Quest Virtual
Mapping the Natural Parks - American Memory - Library of Congress  


Utah Maps, Atlases & Travel Information

Utah Travel Council

Utah Atlas

Utah National Parks & Monuments

Utah Geological Survey

Utah City & County Information

Utah Almanac

Natural Resources Map & Bookstore - USGS

Utah Online Maps

AllTopo Map CD's are located at the Reference Desk
County Map Satellite Image of Utah
David Rumsey Collection - Historical Maps Utah
GO Utah Travel Utah 1895
Google Maps Utah -
Map of Utah Utah Scenic Byways

National Parks-Utah

Utah Geography - USU digital atlas
Weber Pathways Utah Geological Survey
Old Maps of Utah - Deseret News Publishing Company Utah Map - Census Bureau
Shaded Relief Utah Map Utah Maps - Perry-Castaneda - U. of Texas - USGS. Topo Maps Utah Maps & Geography - The Mining Company
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps -  Utah - -University of Utah USGS National Geologic Map Database


State Online Maps

Census Maps Rand McNalley Travel & Maps
David Rumsey Collection - 18th & 19th Century Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps -  -  U. of Utah 
Excite Travel - USGS Topo Maps Online
Google Maps
Geographic Names Information System USGS United States State Map Sites - University of Texas
Historical Maps of the United States - University of Texas USGS National Geologic Map Database
MapQuest USGS Map Dealers
Oddens Bookmarks Virtual North America


International Online Maps & Atlases

CIA World Factbook - Outline Maps  - from Education Place
Countries A-Z -  Facts, figures and statistical data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy, maps Then & Now - Country name & boundary changes courtesy of Nystrom
Countries of the World - Maps, Human Rights, Justice Yahoo Travel
Country Profiles - ELDIS
Country Studies Area Handbook World Gazeteer
Google Maps Open Directory Project - Regional - Country Links
HRW World Atlas - Includes good continent, country & sea floor maps & country information World Map Directory
Map Collection - Perry Castaneda Map Collection from the University of Texas at Austin, includes "many electronic versions of printed maps for all regions of the world, many of which are scanned CIA maps. Additionally, the historical maps section provides maps which are from the 19th and early 20th centuries and includes some covering time periods dating back to 980 C.E.. Links to many other sites with electronic maps are included."
World Maps - Altapeida Online  physical and political maps for countries around the world. The site includes facts and statistics such as capital city, system of government, and estimated population figures.
National Geographic Maps  - Country Maps, Facts, Flags, News, map dealers, atlas plates, theme maps, street maps, historic maps, Wild World, Mars  World Press Review World Map Connection - Good world and United States maps and News and Views from Around the World.
Oddens Bookmarks - over 15.500 Cartographic Links World Sites Atlas Maps, hotels, tourist information, weather, photos, links, news


Research Assistance

Updated August 18, 2008 . Please send comments to Lonna Rivera, Government Documents Coordinator
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