Reference Resources & Quick Facts
More information may be found on HSU Library's Geospatial Resources page.
- Atlapedia Online - This source designed for schools has full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
- Britannica World Atlas - Maps, articles, and statistics on individual countries. From Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
- Color Landform Atlas of the United States - Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state.
- Country Studies/Area Handbook Series - From the Library of Congress's Federal Research Division, this series presently contains studies of 101 countries and regions.
- Embassy & Consulate Directory of Embassy & Consulate Addresses and Websites Worldwide - From Embassy World, this site includes an Embassy & Consulate Search Engine.
- geographic.org Country Profiles - An easy-to-use compendium of Flags, Maps, Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Resources, Current Issues, International Agreements, Population, Social Statistics,and Political Systems. Derived from the 1999 edition of CIA World Factbook. Country Ranks are also available at this site.
- Governments on the WWW - Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-national organizations etc. Includes political parties. Online since June 1995. Contains more than 11,000 entries from 218 countries and territories as of January 1999. Last updated in 2002.
- How far is it? - This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server and links to driving instructions using MapQuest.
- InfoNation - Derived from information used to compile the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook, InfoNation is an easy-to-use, two-step database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations.
- Maplandia.com - Searchable world gazetteer based on Google Maps with satellite imagery of over 2,000,000 places all over the world
- MSR Maps - A huge repository of aerial photographs and satellite images taken from miles overhead that may be viewed online. Brought to you by the folks at Microsoft.
- National Atlas of the United States of America - The U.S. Geological Survey and its partners began work on The National Atlas of the United States of America in 1997. The National Atlas is designed to promote greater geographic awareness through the development and delivery of products that provide easy to use, map-like views of our natural and socio-cultural landscapes. These web pages include the earliest products of The National Atlas of the United States.
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - This collection at the University of Texas at Austin has over 2,000 map images available on the web.
- U.S. Gazetteer: 2000 and 1990 - From the U.S. Census Bureau, this may be used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 2000 Census.
- World Factbook - Prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials - the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements. It includes country profiles and world summary figures. It is especially useful for data on small and obscure countries.
- World Flag Database - A database of flag drawings from the Flag Institute Collection.