Finding Maps on the Internet - LSC Kingwood
Maps in Library Databases
*These sources require the barcode number from your Lone Star College ID or library card to login from off-campus.
Countrywatch - choose "Countrywatch Maps" to explore physical, political and thematic maps, many created with data from the Countrywatch database.
e-Library (Curriculum edition) - Check the "maps" box (you may need to de-select the other types of resources) and enter a keyword to search or browse maps available from this collection. Include maps from maps.com.
Map Collections on the Internet
American Memory - Maps from the Library of Congress map collection. Includes military campaigns, maps recording the discovery and exploration of the United States and more. Most maps allow you to zoom in for more detail and many can be downloaded.
Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library (University of Georgia) - Images are selected from a collection of over 800 maps provide a unique look at over 500 years of American history, with an emphasis on the state of Georgia. To browse,select the time period from the left menu. From the next screen, select a map title. Clicking on the map will enlarge the detail.
Historical Maps of the United States - From the Perry Castenada Library Map Collection, University of Texas-Austin, maps illustrating the early history of the United States, depicting its exploration, expansion and growth. Military campaign maps from the American Revolution through the Vietnam War.
Oddens' Bookmarks - Search over 20,000 links to online map collections, map vendors, gazetteers and other mapping resources. International in scope, this a good place to search for specific maps on any topic.
Other Maps Resources on the Internet
Google Earth - Download this free application that allows you to view satellite imagery available for locations worldwide. Link to tutorials and sample instructional uses at Google Earth Lessons; Google Earth also has its own Education interest group.
National Map (US Geologic Service) - an interactive map viewer for digital mapping data. Select "Go To Viewer" or "Viewer Help" from this main page. This is a good introduction to working with layers, which include transportation, geology, hydrology and many others.
CIA World Factbook - authoritative reference for information on countries, including maps for each country, as well as regional maps. Select PDF or JPG version for printing. Maps are also available for purchase. Updated every two weeks.
Handbook of Texas - geographical and historical information from the Texas State Historical Association, with some maps.
Examples of Maps for American History
Search in Google.com or other search engines using specific keywords or dates to find exactly what you need. Here are examples of the treasures scattered through the Internet:Ancient America, to 1492
- First possible route of the first Americans: 38,000-3,000 BCE presented by the North Carolina Office of Archives & History, in association with the University of North Carolina Press.
- A Digital History of Sixteenth Century "America" - from University of Houston's Digital History website. Also includes other centuries, history timelines, and links to other sources and tips on teaching history.
- Cartographic map of North and South America 1562 from memory.loc.gov. Current views of the American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States wall map shows the American Indian and Alaska Native Areas reported or delineated for Census 2000 from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Lewis & Clark Expedition GIS - From the David Rumsey Map Collection, maps compare the exploration area from pre-exploration to modern day. To view the map, click on the link "View GIS Basic Browser". A guide is available for more information about how to view and use this unique map collection.
- This map shows the locations of major landmarks, farms, land grants, physical features, and the dwellings of prominent and important residents in Salem during 1692.
- Animation of a map from the The GIS of "Salem Village in 1692" project is part of an electronic Research Archive of primary source materials related to the Salem witch trials of 1692.
- A map of the The British colonies in North America 1773-1776 from the Perry Castaneda Collection
- Maps from Archiving Early America which include a map from The Battle of Saratoga, The Siege of Charleston, General Washington's Battle Engagements in 1776, and the Thirteen Colonies, and more.
The Republic , 1775 - 1861
- Union and Expansion from Hargrett Rare Maps - This unique collection from the University of Georgia is one of many. Click on any map to zoom in.
War & Reconstruction, 1861 - 1877
- America on the Eve of War--a technological gallery map experience.
- Reconstruction: The Second Civil War explores the impact of the Civil War, state by state.
- Trace the Civil War using maps from americancivilwar.com with maps like Fredricksburg I December 13, 1862 and a map of the Underground Railroad.