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Geography: A Research Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for locating information pertaining to geography using both print and electronic resources available through the University at Albany Libraries.


Atlases provide ready access to thematic collections of maps.  The University Library owns many atlases, and most are located in the Reference area on the first floor.  Oversized volumes with a "Ref" prefix in the call number are located in the atlas cases, near the windows behind the Reference Desk.  Other volumes are on the reference shelves.  The following titles are a sample of the geographical atlases available in the University Library.   In addition, there are many more cultural, historical and specialized titles available, which may be located by searching the online catalog.

Many web sites are rich resources for geospatial data, maps and mapping tools.  The resources on this page are a selected group of very popular data and map resources.

Map and Data Resources

Library Quick Links

World Atlases

  • Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.  London:Times Books, 2007. [Ref G 1021 T55 2007]
  • Atlas of the World.  George Philip & Son.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.  [Ref G 1021 A7545 2005]
  • Satellite Atlas of the World.  NPA Group.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [Ref G 1046 A43 N63X 2004]
  • Essential World Atlas.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.  [Ref  G 1021 E88 2001]
  • Encyclopedic World Atlas: A-Z Country-by-Country Coverage, George Philip & Son.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.  [Ref G 1021 G417 2000]
  • Hammond Atlas of the World.  Maplewood, NJ: Hammond Incorporated, 2000.  [Ref  G 1021 H2665 2000]
  • National Geographic Atlas of the World.  Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1999.  [Ref G 1021 N38 1999]
  • Oxford Atlas of the World, George Philip & Son.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.  [Ref G 1021 A7545 2000]
  • Atlas of World Development, edited by Tim Unwin.  New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1994.  [Ref G 1046 E1 U5 1994]
  • The Atlas of Global Change, edited by Lothar Beckel.  New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1998.  [Ref GE 149 G4813 1998]

Country/Region Specific Atlases

  • Atlas of the Middle East, National Geographic Society.   Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2008. [Ref G 2205 N34 2008]
  • Cultural Atlas of India : India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, Gordon Johnson.  New York: Facts on File, c1996. [Ref DS 421 J6 1996] 
  • State of China Atlas, Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Robert Benewick.  Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005. [Ref G 2305 D66X 2005]
  • China: a Provincial Atlas, Chiao-min Hsieh, Jean Kan Hsieh. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1995.  [Ref G 2305 H84 1995]
  • Cultural Atlas of China, Caroline Blunden and Mark Elvin. New York :Checkmark Books, c1998. [Ref DS 721 B56 1998]
  • Atlas of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, Richard and Ben Crampton.  New York: Routledge, 1996.  [Ref G 2080 C7 1996]
  • Atlas of Russia and the Independent Republics, Moshe Brawer. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.  [Ref G 2110 B7 1994]
  • Russian Regions Today: Atlas of the New Federation.  Washington, D.C.: The International Center, 1994. [Ref G 7060 R87X 1994]
  • Atlas of South America, Moshe Brawer.  London: Macmillan,1991.  [Ref G 1700 B73X 1991]
  • Atlas of the Celtic World, John Haywood. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001. [Ref D 70 H34X 2001]