A gazetteer is a place name dictionary or index. You can use a gazetteer to search the history of a place. This is particularly helpful for learning about places whose names or boundaries have changed over time. If a place name has changed over time, you can incorporate its other names in your search.
OneSearch includes all of the records in the CU-Boulder catalog, our institutional repository (CU Scholar), most of our digital collections, and most of the articles and databases we subscribe to. You can search OneSearch from the Libraries' website. Because OneSearch allows you to search all formats at once, you will need to limit your results to find maps accessible online.
Use this facet on the results page to limit to maps as a content type. To find this option, click on "More..." at the bottom of the list.Then scroll down to select "Map." Finally, click on the "Apply" button in the top right corner of the pop-out box.
To find maps via OneSearch that are available online, click on "Library Location." Then select "Internet Access."
OneSearch also allows for the use of wildcards:
Results in OneSearch may be sorted by publication date. This may be different than the date the map is showing.
Searching Google Images can be a great way to find maps. Search for your place of interest plus "map" or "maps". Choose a facet from the buttons across the top of the search results to find maps of specific locations or maps with various themes. For example, this is a screen shot of the results for a Google Image search for "Brazil maps".
The Earth Sciences & Map Library has three digital map collections. More information on each collection can be found on the pages linked below.
Click on "Category Pages" to see smaller subsets of these digital collections. Images may be saved or downloaded from the digital collection site.
For assistance accessing these collections or to view these maps in print at the Earth Sciences & Map Library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-492-7578 to schedule an appointment.