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GEOG 222: 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 outer sets if you are nesting statements together in the above examples.
  • Vary your results by varying your geographical term - Ostrander, Delaware County, etc.
  • Limit your results by searching just the Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries.
  • Broaden your results by searching all the CONSORT Libraries.
  • Really broaden your results by searching OhioLINK.
  • Be patient because you will be looking at lots of records and thumbing through lots of books. 
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the assignment since you may need to request materials through CONSORT loan or OhioLINK.
  • If you request materials for loan, order several different items because you will not know until you actually see the item if it contains the information you seek.
  • Try not to get discouraged, and make an appointment with a librarian for 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 at Hobson Science Library. Note the number, name, and date of your map, and meet with Dr. Krygier to visit the map collection.