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Why Use Maps?

Maps provide information you can't always get from a text source. Maps symbolize a particular place at a particular time. It is important to keep in mind that maps are not a mirror of reality -- the creator of a map chooses what to include and how to depict a certain place within the conventions of the cartography of the times.

HelpMaking Sense of Maps, Map Analysis Worksheet, Learning to do Historical Research: Maps

Image: Detail of a map of Japan Town ca. 1925

Find Maps

UW Libraries Maps & GIS Resources

  • UW Maps Resources - online and print maps
  • Skinner Map Collection - comprehensive digital collection of maps from China, Japan, France and more from UW faculty G. William Skinner (includes nearly 700 maps).

United States & Washington State Maps

International Maps