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Finding a Print Map


Finding just the right map is sometimes like finding a needle in a hay stack. Maps are located in many different parts of the library and are included in many different kinds of published materials.  Because perfectly good maps can be a part of a larger work, you need to search in the types of works that are likely to contain maps and you need to limit your search by the geographic area you are interested in. Generally speaking, lots of books have maps in them but not all of these books are cataloged as “maps”.

It is important to be flexible about the name of your geographic location.  Think in terms of the location and how it fits into a hierarchy of place. For instance,

Ostrander is a small town in the 
      Scioto River watershed.  It is located in 
       Delaware County, in 
            Central Ohio, in 
                  Ohio, in the 
                       Ohio River Valley, in the 
                             Midwest, in the 
                                   United States…..

While you might not find a map of Ostrander, you might find Ostrander located on a map of the watershed or the county or the relevant topographic quadrangle. A book about the Underground Railroad in Ohio could easily include a map of my neighborhood (as it was then). Think about the notable events that have occurred in or near your home and how these events might find their way into books. 

For this Exercise 2, you will search for your map using CONSORT and KEYWORD searching. Remember that keyword searching can find your term in the title field, or the author field, or the subject field, or the notes field. Because you are limited to CONSORT or OhioLINK for your database, you will not be finding your map in journals or newspapers – even though these are also excellent sources for maps.