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Maps: Getting Started

Finding Maps at SMU

Maps accompanying books generally remain with the books.  Descriptive material accompanying individual and series maps generally remain with the map in the Map Library.

You may find some maps, charts and atlases in the online catalog, but please also request assistance through Ask Us for maps which you do not find cataloged online or for help constructing search strategies.  

Use keywords in the Advanced Library Search such as:

  • Topographic, geologic, or historic;
  • Locations such as region, state, county;
  • Features, natural or man-made, such as: road(s), forest or park;
  • Topical designations such as: oil, gas or petroleum; minerals (and specific named ores or minerals); population or ethnicity.

Filter by Material Type = Maps

Use the Glossary of Cartographic Terms below for defining map terminology and refining your searches. 

Using the Foscue Maps Library

The Foscue Map Library is available by appointment only. Email for assistance.

This is a guide to starting points and strategies for understanding and doing research with maps.  Cataloging maps in the Foscue Map Library at SMU remains an ongoing process and many maps do not appear in the online catalog.  Please email requests so that we can use additional Map Library resources to satisfy your needs.