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Finding & Citing Maps

Libguide to provide researchers with search tips and tools to locate, use, and cite historical maps in your research.

Searching for Maps in the University Library

To find historical maps in the University Library Map Collection, start with OneSearch. You can search for maps of locations by adding the term "map" to cities, states, regions, or even natural features or national parks. Some examples include:

  • Los Angeles map
  • San Fernando Valley map
  • California map
  • London map
  • Mojave Desert map

You can also search for maps by general topics or subjects. Some examples include:

  • Railroad map
  • Earthquake map
  • Road map
  • Zoning map

Using the "Los Angeles map" example:

Filter By Institutional Availability
To limit your search to physical materials available at the CSUN Library, select Show Only: Available at CSUN.
Alternate option: use the Show Only: Available Online or the Show Only: Open Access for links to maps that are accessible online or at other institutions.


Filter By Resource Type
To see only maps at the Library (ie, no atlases or maps on microfilm), select Resource Type: Maps.

Alternate option: Filter by Resource Type: Atlases to see our atlases, which are books of maps on a particular subject


Filter By Location
To see all cataloged maps within the Library Map Collection, select Location: Map Library.
Alternate option: You can also filter by Location: Special Collections & Archives to see Special Collection's (2nd floor) map holdings as well.


Filter By Topic
Topics include a wide range of keywords, geographic locations, and subject headings. In this example filtering by Topic: Roads shows you a set of historical Los Angeles road maps available in the Map Collection.


Filter By Date Range
To find historical maps within a particular date range use Dates: FROM-TO custom date range.


Using these particular filters, we've narrowed down to a smaller set of historical road maps available to view in the Map Collection. You can view this map by visiting the Map Collection service desk and requesting this item using its title and/or call number. 


You can still remove/reset any of your active filters to modify your search results as needed.



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