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Maps: How to Find a Map

Research Tools

The following tools will assist you in locating maps. Most of the maps in the collection have been cataloged and are found in UC San Diego Library Catalog. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to consult the map librarian.

UC San Diego Library Catalog: To find maps, atlases, and related books at UCSD or available online, choose that selection on the Advanced Search page. (see steps below)

UC Library Search: to find maps, atlases, and related books at the other UC libraries, choose "Articles, books, and more" on the Advanced Search page.

Circuit: to find maps, atlases, and related books at San Diego County Library, San Diego Public Library, San Diego State University, UC San Diego and University of San Diego.

WorldCat: to search over 50 million online records worldwide of any type of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries.


Finding Maps at UCSD

Step 1: Start a Search

For the most complete results, do a keyword search in the the Library catalog. Select UC San Diego Library Catalog and type in the place name and the word, "maps". For example, california maps.

Step 2: Search Results The search results include all maps, atlases and related material from the general to the particular. The number of items for each resource type and subject category is given (on the left side of the page). Clicking on a title will reveal the location details and call number (you need both).

Step 3: Shelving Locations

When maps are listed as "Maps Cases, Geisel Floor2 West" or "Maps File Cabinets, Geisel Floor 2 West," they can be found on the 2nd/Main Floor in map cases and filing cabinets. Map cases and cabinets are in order, left to right. Call numbers progress from the top to the bottom. All maps are marked with call numbers following the Library of Congress Classification Schedule for G (Geography).

Step 4: Map Cases

Drawers must be fully opened to access the contents easily. Most drawers have a protective vinyl tarp which can be curled back.

Step 5: Arrangement

Maps are shelved in the map drawers face down, in call number order, from lowest number to highest. Maps to be refiled are on top of the brown paper insert used to protect the other contents.

Step 6: Series Indexes

Series maps usually have graphic indexes filed at the beginning of each series. Indexes are usually marked to show sheets in the collection. Sheets not held can often be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan by UCSD students, faculty and staff, or found on the internet. Please ask if you cannot find an index.

Step 7: Sheet Identifiers

All maps are marked with call numbers corresponding to the catalog record. Here, the map is one in a series filed under G3200s, and it is hand annotated with the sheet number.