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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.


Using GIS and other computer tools for visual communication and visual thinking. Learn traditional principles of cartography, including using color, shape, size, and pseudo-3D to visually express spatial relationship. Learn to use GIS and statistical software for exploratory spatial data analysis, including linked plots and conditioned choropleths. Other topics will include animation, automated cartography (coding for push-button map creation) and web mapping.

[Source: Registrar, 12/24/2016]  DISTR: SLA

In the Library's collection

These are search terms you can use in the online catalog.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding journal article literature

You can find published literature on geovisualization in many publications. You can use a specific, subject index such as GeoRef to find articles. Listed below are a couple of relevant journals. You can also use the search box at the top of the page.

Keeping up with the 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.

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 now 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.