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A subject guide for people interested in accessing information about different countries and regions of the world.

Electronic Resources

World Atlas Online
Based on the critically-acclaimed Maps on File, World Atlas On-line includes hundreds of easily reproducible maps and outline maps backed with complete statistical and historical information for each state and country. (This service was partially funded by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.)


World Wide Web Resources

US Board on Geographic Names
Users can search for places in the United States by feature, name, population or elevation range. The results provide detailed geographical data for each region found.

US Gazetteer
"This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code."

Background Notes
Produced by the State Department, the publications on this site include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. 

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Users interested in geography can search for information on various countries based on its name, region, or nation. Boolean logic is available on this site.

Library of Congress Map Collection
The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The focus of Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection."

National Atlas of the United States
This site offers interactive layered maps of the United States and provide information on elevation and terrain, exotic species maps and animated vegetation growth. These maps have zoom functions.

National Geographic - MapMachine
Produced by the National Geographic Society, this site provides users with maps on various themes: political, physical, ecological and, statistical.  Maps can be altered by zooming in and out.  

Stately Knowledge
Sponsored by the Internet Public Library, this site offers information on all of the US states.

World Desk Reference
"The World Desk Reference is packed with facts and statistics, maps, illustrations and diagrams. Each of the world's nations is analysed in up to 19 subject areas, from Climate to Chronology, from Aid to Transportation, from Politics to Economics. Key features: A complete overview of the modern world: physical, political, historical and economic; Each of the 192 nations surveyed and mapped in detail including full coverage of the world's newest nations; An invaluable guide to 20,000 of the world's most important places, including alternative spellings and recent place-name changes; More than 5,000 illustrations, charts and diagrams, and over 600 maps, 25,000 facts and statistics."

World FactBook
Organized by the CIA, this site provides users with comprehensive information on all countries. Financial and social information is also included, along with current statistics.

Recommended Print Sources