If you're looking for good, accurate base maps you can in presentations and papers, here are a couple of sites for you to use:
This research guide shows various online sources for images of maps. You can download maps from these resources. If you want to actually map data online, please see Mapping Online.
If you have any suggestions for resources, let me know.
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