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Geography and Urban Studies

Recommended resources for Geography and Urban Studies students

Mapping Resources


Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970. More than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities containing data such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Also, includes extensive information on building use, ranging from symbols for generic terms such as stable, garage, and warehouse to names of owners of factories and details on what was manufactured in them. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery.

SimplyMap. Create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing variables. Maps can be exported as high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software; data can be selected, sorted, and compared across multiple locations to build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet.

MetroPhilaMapper. "interactively investigate and portray regional data aggregated to a variety of geographic levels using maps, charts, tables, and statistical analysis." ...describe spatial patterns, display growth, reveal trends, compare indicators, and aid in targeting valuable markets."