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Finding Map Resources in Mirlyn

How to find maps, atlases, CD-ROMs, and other spatial resources in Mirlyn.

How to Search by Geographic Location

Using either a keyword or subject keyword search, type the most specific geographic area for your location and the word "maps". Depending on your search results you may want to continue to search using more general geographic areas, depending on the theme or scale that fits your query. Generally, searches using proper subject headings produce more targeted results, while keyword searches retrieve a wider variety of hits but using the word "maps" generally gives you relavent results.   

Finding a map of Pontiac, Michigan. (See Formatting Place Names.)


"Subject Begins With" Search "Keyword" or "Subject Keyword" Search Terms
 Pontiac (Mich.)--Maps Pontiac Michigan maps
start specific
 Oakland county (Mich.)--Maps Oakland Michigan maps
 Detroit Metropolitan Area (Mich.)--Maps Detroit Metropolitan maps
 Michigan--Maps Michigan maps
gradually broaden


Note: Publisher locations are included as keywords

If you enter 'France' and 'atlas' as keywords, you will retrieve atlases that are published in France. To find atlases about France, start with the most specific location or thematic facet possible. This will not eliminate atlases published in France, but it will reduce the number of extraneous hits. For example:

k=atlas Paris culture k=atlas France rural

Consider using the appropriate Library of Congress Subject Headings for more specific topics, as they show the relationships between broader and narrower terms (red volumes located near the reference desk of Hatcher Graduate Library and in the Map Library or try this online database of LCSH headings). For example:

Subject begins with "atlases" will retrieve World atlases published in the US
Subject begins with "atlases, French" will retrieve Atlases published in France