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Canadian Geographical Names Database Provides a searchable database for Canadian geographic names.

Columbia Gazetteer Online A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world

Gazetteer of Australia searches over 210,000 geographic names of Australia and locates places on maps. Data provided by the Committee for Geographic Names in Australia.

GEOnet Names Server The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) database of foreign geographic feature names. Information in this database has been used to prepare and publish the series of foreign country gazetteers approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).

GNIS Online Data Base Query Form of the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), contains searchable information for almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

Great Britain place names found on the Ordnance Survey's Landranger maps

The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker can search the towns in Central and Eastern Europe or list all of the towns within a certain distance of given latitude/longitude coordinates.

Place Name Servers on the Internet A listing from Arizona State University

Thesaurus of Geographic Names The Getty Information Institute's database contains 900,000 places arranged in a hierarchical structure, representing all nations of the modern world

Alexandria Digital Library for spatially-indexed information at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Maps and Cartography

Maps of Missouri Historical maps of Missouri, produced by the St. Louis Public Library

Centennia A computer graphic guide to the history of Europe and the Middle East from the year 1000 AD to the present. Includes dynamically evolving maps showing over 9,000 border changes and is accompanied with an online text.

Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps Produced by UC Berkeley Libraries

Electronic Map Library Digital atlases created by Dr. William Bowen of the Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge.

Historical Maps Database of digitized historical maps, produced by the University of Georgia Libraries

Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection Wide variety of current and historical maps of the United States, World, and Country maps. Produced by the University of Texas.

Historic Atlas and Map Valuation and Conservation A list of Web resources, provided by Stanford University, for appraising antiquarian maps and atlases.

Historic Cities A joint project of the Historic Cities Center of the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University Library.

Historical Atlas of Canada Produced by the University of Toronto

History of Cartography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Map Collections The Library of Congress' online maps, including:

Map History / History of Cartography - THE Gateway to the Subject

Maps and References A huge list of links, including online maps, atlases, glossaries and much more, provided by University of Iowa's Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research.

Le Monde Diplomatique Map Collection: a political look at territory provides many online thematic maps from around the world, and their Middle East maps focus on issues of the Near East and northern Africa

National Atlas of Canada

National Geologic Map Database A searchable index of USGS and state geological survey geologic maps.

National Resources Canada: Maps

Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe from 001 AD to 1700

Peter Dana's Overviews of Global Positioning System (GPS), Geodetic Datum, Coordinate Systems, and Map Projections

Ryhiner Map Collection, project of the University Library of Berne, includes the catalog and a digital archive of some of its 16th-18th century maps.

Soil Survey Manuscripts An online collection of maps providing access to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey information.

United States State Coordinates coordinates of each state's boundaries 

University of Waterloo cartographic information

USGS Map Information includes information on map products, aerial photography, geospatial data, and educational resources..

ZIP Code Geography and Mapping from UC Santa Barbara.

Citing Maps and Atlases from North Carolina State University Libraries

Internet Resources for Aerial Photography/Remote Sensing

Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center

National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) Produced by USGS

U.S. Geological Survey Aerial Photography

JPL Imaging Radar Home Page Produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

USGS Landsat Project

Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)

Digital Orthophotographic Quadrangles