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Finding a Print Map

Performing the Search

  • Use Keyword searching
  • Use Boolean Operators
    • maps and ohio
  • Combine terms in a search, but remember there is a limit on the number of characters that will fit in the “box”
    • (maps or surveys or (guide book*)) and ohio
  • Do more than one search to pick up the records you missed in the first search
    • ((geographical distribution) or (ghost towns)) and ohio
    • ((description and travel) or (public lands)) and ohio
  • Pay attention to your parentheses – you must have both inner and out sets if you are nesting statements together in the above examples.
  • Vary your results by varying your geographical term e.g., ostrander, delaware county, etc.
  • Limit your results by searching just the Ohio Wesleyan Libraries
  • Broaden your results by searching all the CONSORT Libraries
  • Really broaden your results by searching OhioLINK
  • Be patient.  You will be looking at lots of records and thumbing through lots of books. 
  • Give yourself lots of time to complete the assignment.  You may need to order materials through CONSORT loan or OhioLINK
  • If you order materials for loan, order several different items.  You won’t know until you actually see the item if it will contain the information you seek.
  • Don’t get discouraged.!  Make an appointment with Deb for some help.
  • As a last resort, the Geology Department Map collection has most of the 1:62.500 15’ topographic maps that were produced earlier in the century.  To determine if there is a “15” quad” for your area, search the volume listed below.  Note the number, name, and date of your map and meet with Dr. Krygier to visit the map collection.


Moffat, Riley Moore. 1986. Map index to topographic quadrangles of the United States, 1882 – 1940. Western Association of Map Libraries.