Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Map Collection at Milner Library: Online Resources

Describes the collections and the services at Milner Library, Illinois State University.

Quick Links


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

Sanborn Insurance maps  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.
  • Topo maps of Russia
    A collection of topographic maps of Russia.
  • 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 Insurance Maps
    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.
  • Online Map Creation
    Creates maps showing topographic, political, and tectonic features.


  • Early World Maps
    A collection of early maps showing the evolution of both discoveries and cartographic techniques.
  • Library of Congress, American Memory: Map Collections: 1500-2004
    Focusing on Americana and "cartographic treasures," this large collection of maps covers the 16th century to the present day.
  • New York Public Library digital map collection
    The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division provides more than 20,000 public domain historical cartographic works as high resolution downloads.
  • ChronoAtlas
    ChronoAtlas is a completely free and fully interactive historical atlas of the world. The site allows you to browse the entire globe at any point in history and see boundaries changing over time and cities and other features appearing on the map at the time they were founded. The site is also 100% interactive, you can contribute your own data: meaning your own cities, battles, and photos of historic places and events, and you can also draw boundaries of any historical kingdom you want, or edit those drawn by others if they are inaccurate.
  • NOAA Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map and Chart Collection
    A wide variety of maps and charts from the late 1700s to the present.
  • Historical County Boundary Maps
    Enter a PRESENT-day U.S. city, town, or county; you can even type a current day address or road name*. The year can be from the mid-1600s (depending on date of state formation) through the year 2000.
  • Historical World Boundary Maps
    Enter a PRESENT-day Place and a HISTORICAL Year as early as 2000 BC, then hit the "Go!" button. The place you type must be a PRESENT-day city and country; or a present-day address or road name* with city and country. The year must be from 2000 BC through 2008 AD (use negative years for BC, such as -200 for 200 BC).

Local (Illinois)



  • Google Maps Gallery
    Popular maps demonstrating visual representations of thematic data. Also includes an explore option for browsing across Google subject facets (i.e. boundaries, culture & society, history, recreation, etc.) and a keyword search option.
  • Mapping Stereotypes
    Humorous look at global impressions by Alphadesigner (Yanko Tsvetkov)
  • Mapping Views that Explain the World
    Washington Post article about World Views as shown by selected maps


Photos & Images


Remote Sensing

  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
    A tutorial on remote sensing technology and its applications.
  • Remote Sensing Tutorial
    This tutorial, from the Applied Information Sciences Branch at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, 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.
  • American FactFinder
    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.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet ( - Geography Topics
    This website is a searchable/browsable, annotated subject directory of thousands of Internet resources, which are seleceted and evaluated by librarians.
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
    NTIS is the federal government's central source for scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information. Some of the information is available electronically from this website; for something that is not, check to see if the library has it.
  • is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results. Companion website: SciTechResources.







Additional WWW Resources


    Finding data


   Creating data

  • Ushahidi - open source tool that allows mapping of various local conditions


    Manipulating Data 

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


    Mapping Data:





Subject Guide

Vanette Schwartz's picture
Vanette Schwartz
Milner Library 416