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See here for information on searching Newton and iDiscover for Maps and Atlases.

Note that only a small proportion of the Map Department's holdings have online catalogue records. To make a comprehensive search of our holdings you will also need to visit the Map Department to search our card catalogue

Searching for books on cartography and gazetteers

In Newton:

  • Use Advanced search
  • Select Subject from one of the drop down menus on the right hand side
  • Make sure that the central column is set to all of these (unless otherwise stated)
  • Type your search terms - see list below of the more commonly used terms - in the corresponding search box on the left
  • The search terms can be combined with a place name, e.g. Great Britain cartography

In iDiscover:

  • Use Advanced search
  • Select Subject from the drop down menu on the left hand side
  • Make sure that the central column is set to contains (unless otherwise stated below)
  • Type your search terms - see list below of the more commonly used terms - in the corresponding search box on the right
  • The search terms can be combined with a place name, e.g. Great Britain cartography
  • You might want to refine your search by clicking on the 'Resource Type' books
atlases history For texts about atlases
bibliography maps For lists of maps (see also: catalogs)
cartography For texts on how maps are made
cartography history For texts on the history of cartography
cartographers For biographies and other works about cartographers
catalogs maps For lists of maps - sometimes lists of maps in a particular institution (see also: bibliography)
discovery and exploration As a phrase. Also Scientific expeditions
early maps Search as a phrase for books, periodicals, etc. on early maps
gazetteers For gazetteers
globes For books about globes
map collections For books about map collections in general or about those in specific institutions. Can be combined with, for example, directories or catalogs
map reading  
map drawing For books on how maps are drawn and made
maps terminology For dictionaries, etc, of cartographic terms
maps in literature As a phrase. Also, for example, maps in artmaps in journalismmaps in motion pictures …
surveyors Combine, for example, with dictionaries or history
surveying Note that books on surveying are usually not kept in the Map Department
tithes maps For books about tithe maps

Also try these terms – which are Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) – in the Basic Search option on Newton by typing your search terms in the box on the left and selecting Subject Headings in the box on the right.

A searchable list of LCSHs is available at here.

Also see these Real Examples.

Printable version of this text

See Map Department Information Sheet 5C - Searching Newton for maps, atlases and books on cartography (a MS Word document)

or ask a member of Map Department staff for a hard copy

 

Subject Heading Examples

BOOK TITLES SUBJECT HEADINGS
The history of cartography. University of Chicago Press. 1987-  [S696.b.079] Cartography –History
Cartographical innovations: an international handbook of mapping terms to 1900. Edited by Helen M. Wallis and Arthur H. Robinson. 1987. [S696.c.98.71] Maps --Terminology
Dictionary of land surveyors and local mapmakers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850.Sarah Bendall.  1997. [S696.c.99.120-121] Cartographers --Great Britain –Dictionaries 
Cartographers --Great Britain –History 
Surveyors --Great Britain –Dictionaries 
Surveyors --Great Britain –History

 

English maps: a history. Catherine Delano-Smith and Roger J. P. Kain. 1999. [S696.c.062.2] Geography, Medieval --England –Maps
Cartography --England –History
Tooley’s dictionary of mapmakers. Revised ed. 1999-2004. [S696.b.99.289-292] Cartographers –Dictionaries
Who’s who in the history of cartography: the international directory of current research in the history of cartography (D9). 1998. [S696.b.036.9] Cartographers –Directories
Cartography --Research –Directories
Cartography –Bibliography
Maps in the atlases of the British Library: a descriptive catalogue c. AD 850-1800. Rodney Shirley. 2004. [S696.b.200.118-119] British Library --Map collections –Catalogs
The Mapping of the World: early printed world maps 1472-1700. 4th ed. Rodney W. Shirley. 2001.  [S696.a.200.4] Early maps --Bibliography 
Cartography --History
Early printed maps of the British Isles: a bibliography 1477-1650. Rev. and updated ed. Rodney W. Shirley. 1991. [S696.b.99.23] Cartography --Great Britain –History 
Great Britain --Maps –Early works to 1800 --Bibliography.
Printed maps of the British Isles 1650-1750. Rodney W. Shirley. 1988. [S696.b.060.6] Cartography --Great Britain –History 
Great Britain --Maps –To 1800 --Bibliography.

 

The Mapping of North America: a list of printed maps, [vol. 1] 1511-1670vol. II 1671-1700.  Philip D. Burden. 1996-2007. [S696.a.026.1-2]

 

Cartography --North America --History --Sources –Bibliography 
North America --Maps --Early works to 1800 --Bibliography –Catalogs 
North America --Historical geography --Maps
Ordnance Survey maps: a concise guide for historians. 2nd ed. Richard Oliver.  2005. [S696.b.200.130] Great Britain. Ordnance Survey –History 
Cartography --Great Britain –History 
Great Britain –Maps
Ordnance Survey maps: a descriptive manual. J. B. Harley.  1975. [S696.b.97.107] Great Britain. Ordnance Survey 
Cartography --Great Britain 
Great Britain --Maps, Topographic
A History of the Ordnance Survey. Edited by W. A. Seymour.  1980. [S696.b.98.3] Great Britain. Ordnance Survey –History
Mapping the UK. C. R. Perkins and R. B. Parry. 1996. [S696.b.99.153] Cartography--Great Britain
Great Britain--Surveys

 

World mapping today. 2nd edition. R. B. Parry and C. R. Perkins.  2000.  [ S696.b.200.3] Acquisition of maps
Maps--Publishing--Directories

 

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