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Geography and the Environment: Cartography

Guide to the latest and most useful research resources for geography and the environment

Key Resources

If you are teaching, researching or studying at the University of Oxford, you can register for  

  • Digimap which provides access to online maps and spatial data of Great Britain including Ordnance Survey data, Geology Digimap, and  Digimap Historic Map Services;



Go-Geo is a portal for the identification and retrieval of metadata records for geo-spatial datasets.

Guide: Cartography

For resources and help relating to cartography and spatially-referenced data, please contact the Bodleian Library Map Room

The Map Room has an extensive range of books on cartography and GIS. A large selection of atlases are available, together with journals, gazetteers and other reference works. Digital mapping, GIS facilities and a range of digital datasets are available, including ArcGIS for visualising the relationships between data and geography.

The Map Room is temporarily located in Duke Humfrey's Library in the Old Bodleian.  Opening times are 9am - 7pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. For more information on using the various map catalogues please consult Finding Maps


An explanation of What is ArcGIS also an introductory on-line tutorial for this digital mapping programme is available here. Also a brief Guide to Getting Started as well as an Introduction to ArcGIS Explorer. Any enquiries should be directed to Michael Athanson in the Bodleian Map Room

Guide: Finding Maps and Atlases

The main map catalogue is a card catalogue containing records of all the sheet maps in the collection, together with most of the atlases.

Catalogue records for post-1850 maps of a number of countries are now on OLIS. You can check a list of countries currently available before searching.

Atlases published after 1988 are all on OLIS, in addition to around 10,000 antiquarian map records for the Todhunter-Allen collection.

If you have not searched for maps on OLIS before, have a look at this easy-to-follow guide.