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Off-Campus Access: Traveling with OWU LIbraries

Conducting research from abroad? Taking your Sagan course out of the country? Or just wanting to get some work done from the comfort of your own home? Near or far, the OWU Libraries have your research and information needs covered.

Current Maps

Perry-Castanada Library Map Collection

This online map collection, published by the University of Texas is, perhaps, the best online source for maps of any geographic area or theme.

Atlases (Print)

The libraries have many atlases; here are two standards.  Remember that you can also find atlases focussing on specific regions or topics.

Historic Maps

David Rumsey Map Collection

Get perspective by viewing a historic map of your travel destination from this outstanding collection.

Environmental Information

These two databases will provide current environmental information.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)

Environment Complete

These websites provide more environmental information:

  • Global Environmental Outlook
    From the United Nations Environmental Programme.
  • Environmental Performance Index 2010
    The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals.
  • AAAS Atlas of Population and the Environment
    Providing maps and graphics that quantify and illustrate many of the issues, and text that lays out the broader links between population dynamics and the environment and places them within their historical perspective. This is followed by a series of analyses of individual topics -- both ecosystems and human activities such as migration or trade -- that bring together what is known about the ways in which people impact the Earth's environment.
  • Forests.Org
    Global forest and rainforest protections and information portal.
  • Freshwater Ecosystems of the World
    Covering virtually all freshwater habitats on Earth, this first-ever ecoregion map, together with associated species data, is a useful tool for underpinning global and regional conservation planning efforts, particularly to identify outstanding and imperiled freshwater systems. Produced by the Nature Conservancy.