If you are looking for online maps to be used in your research, it is a good idea to get started with a map repository or map library. There are a large number of static maps available on the Internet; static maps are images, a snapshot, of a specific geography and specific variables, such as population, trails, roads, or stereotypes. There is no interactivity and you don't need to special software to view them.

The main file formats of a static map:

  • .jpeg or .jpg
  • .png
  • .pdf

The following map libraries and associations allow users to find print maps that have been digitized and added to an online repository. Many of these maps are historical; however there are more current maps available as well, depending on copyright.

  1. Perry Casteneda Library Map Collection
  2. David Rumsey Map Collection
  3. University of Toronto Scanned Maps
  4. Old Maps Online
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