Saturday, 18 April 2015

Do you need maps for your research?

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Typing the word 'map' into the Digital Library demonstrates just how many ways the word is used, from noise mapping, wind contour mapping and  mind-mapping to name just a few! You'll also find articles which focus upon maps of the imagination, maps of time and how people perceive and use maps....the list is endless!

 However, if the maps you need are, as described in Oxford Reference Online, geographical diagrams 'showing specific features of the land such as roads, contours, reservoirs' (!) , then why not try Digimap, available through our  library website.   Using Digimap, you can view and annotate maps, download geospatial data for use in CAD and GIS systems, access help and information about geospatial data and resources, and view historical maps.

You can also view historical maps using the website Old Maps Online. An easy to use search engine for historical maps, it is freely available through your internet explorer.

If you need teaching resources on the Blitz, Bomb Sight is another freely available resource. An interactive map, it shows the location of bombs dropped on London during World War II, together with photographs of the sites.

It can be difficult to determine if the map resources you find on the internet are the best for your needs. Mapperz is a blog which aims to show you current resources, which may be useful for your research. If you have time, take a look at the Global Wind Animation map which looks like a Van Gogh painting! 

Finally, if you’d like a map which is closer to home, you’ll find the map of our Swansea campuses  available on the UWTSD website!

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