Good Links Outside of Our Walls
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Maps & Mapping

  • Atlas: The Louisiana Statewide GIS
    GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and mapping data on the state of Louisiana.
  • Gardiner's Atlas of English History
    This site includes 88 maps from British history, including battles, cities and many more.
  • Google Maps
    The most popular way to find locations on the web.
  • U.S. Maps & Data
    " is a web-based portal for one-stop access to maps, data and other geospatial services that will simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geospatial data and learn more about geospatial projects underway."
  • LAcoast
    Click on "Maps," but there's a lot more about our state's receding coastline available on this site. It's maintained by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.
  • National Geographic
    Fully interactive maps with choices from the editors of the magazine.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
    From the University of Texas, ALL KINDS of maps.
  • Places OnLine
    This site from the Association of American Geographers "provides access to the World's very best place-based Web sites" through a series of point & click maps.
  • Rod N' Reel's GPS Database for the Gulf Coast
    Online access to on-line Differential GPS Coordinates, maps, nautical charts, and aerial photographs for almost 4,000 offshore oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and over 100,000 coastal and inshore waypoints for the entire Gulf Coast.
  • TerraFly
    "Virtually fly over the entire United States. TerraFly © changes the way you view your world. Simply enter an address, and our system will put you at the controls of a new and innovative way to explore your digital earth."
    See and manipulate satellite images of any place in the world
  • United Nations Cartographic Section maps
    Maps of the world (in high quality, enlargeable PDF format) from the United Nations.
  • USGS: National Mapping Information
    Find the exact location of place names in the United States.

Other Sites

    "Country information from around the world. A resource for business, tourists, students and teachers. The Internet's best source of country data!"
    " is an information provider for public and private sector organizations which operate across national borders throughout the world."
  • Embassy World's Directory of the World's Embassies and Consulates
    A comprehense list of contact resources for all of the world's diplomatic offices.
  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online
    "The TGN is a structured vocabulary containing more than one million names and other information about places. The TGN includes all continents and nations of the modern political world, as well as historical places. It includes physical features and administrative entities, such as cities and nations. The emphasis in TGN is on places that are important for art and architecture."
  • 50 States and Capitals
    Quick facts about the states.
  • How Far is It?
    Use this site to calculate the distance between two places.
  • Kid-Friendly Pages Report Card
    Its mission is to present the best available data on the social, economic, educational and physical environment in our cities--exactly where our children live, grow, learn and play.
  • InfoNation
    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.
  • The Library of Congress Country Studies/Area Handbook Program
    Full text versions of studies of 85 countries.
  • Official City Sites
    This site is working "To become the best quick reference directory for officially sanctioned city, town, area, county, regional, Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureaus, and related web sites for the United States of America..... period." It also seeks "To continue to locate and post links for other country community web sites, where possible, and to continue to add countries where help can be found to identify equally sanctioned web sites for those countries."
  • Republic of China on Taiwan
    The ROC's Government Information Office page. Just about everything you'd want to know about the Republic of China.
  • Sperling's BestPlaces
    "Helping you choose your best place to live, work, play, or retire."
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Updated 5/12/2010