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Map Collection at Milner Library

For students and others interested in maps, this guide provides information on the collections and services in Milner Library.

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SimplyAnalytics -- a software product providing web-based mapping capabilities utilizing extensive demographic, business and marketing data.

Sanborn Maps of Illinois, 1867-1970.  historical images of locations, with emphasis on buildings

Masterfile:  database containing many maps

David Rumsey Map Collection

Online Mapping Resources


   SimplyAnalytics -- a software product providing web-based mapping capabilities utilizing extensive demographic, business and marketing data.  A tool that requires a far less intensive learning curve than the more powerful ESRI suite of GIS software. A personal account is required in order to Save your work on the central server. 

Scribble Maps

  Scribble Maps allows you to create quick maps with pins, highlighting, and annotations. It also allows you to use lines to calculate distances.





  • The National Atlas of the United States of America
    The National Atlas is intended to provide a comprehensive, map-like view into the enormous wealth of data collected by the Federal Government.
  • The Atlas of Canada
    A collection of maps and related information about Canada.
  • National Geologic Map Database
  • A standardized archive of national geologic data with innovative interfaces -- browse by stratigraphic feature or by regional map views.
  • National Geographic Maps
    National Geographic's guide for maps and geography
  • The David Rumsey Collection
    The historical map collection has over 27,800 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
    A large collection of online maps from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Sanborn Maps of Illinois (1867-1970)
    Historical maps of Illinois used for locating buildings. Detailed historical maps of Illinois from the Sanborn Company. Images can be enlarged online to view detail. Provides full image content. The dates of coverage vary from city to city. For Normal, the only date listed is April 1885. However, Normal is covered in the Bloomington maps after 1885. For Bloomington (and Normal), the dates of maps are August 1886, January 1892, July 1896, June 1901, 1907 and sporadically from 1908 to 1950.
  • OpenStreetMap
    Crowd-sourced free world map showing local information.


Local (Illinois)




Photos & Images


Remote Sensing

  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing - Introduction
    The basics on remote sensing technology and its applications.
  • Remote Sensing Tutorials
    This tutorial, from the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and Observation, serves as a primer for new users and a teaching tool for the educational community. It provides a detailed understanding of the utility of the data in light of the fundamental principles of electromagnetic energy, especially as they relate to the sensor deign and function.


Weather and Climate


General Geography Resources

  • CIA World Factbook
    This resource from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) compiles a variety of information about countries, including geography, people, government, and economy.
  • U.S. Census Bureau -- Geographies.
    The Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year. Includes population, housing, economic, and geographic information. You can download data, create thematic maps, or reference maps.
  • Degree of Confluence Project
    The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories are posted on this website.
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
    NTIS is the federal government's central source for scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information.
  • is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.


Additional WWW Resources

   Manipulating Data 

  • BatchGeo - free tool that geocodes addresses and maps points.
  • Community Walk - free tool that geocodes addresses and maps points.





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