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Cartography/History of Cartography

This research guide will help you find books, print journals and other resources about Cartography. Cartography studies the history of maps and mapmaking and interpretation of maps.


Cartography has always had a dual nature. There those who consider cartography an art form. Others consider cartography an exact science of how one can flatten a rounded object and not distort the image.

In the Library's collection

If you do the following subject keyword search in the online catalog, "art and cartography", you will get a short, focused list. You change the index from "Any field" to "Subject." A simple keyword search using "art and cartography," will yield a longer list, but a number of the items retrieved may not be relevant to your search.

Selected book title(s)

The following books look at Art within Cartography.

Keeping up with Cartography/GIS journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for Cartography or GIS? And do you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.