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  • A to Z Maps Online
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    This collection of world, continent, country, and state maps contains > over 145,000 current maps, including political maps, physical maps, and thematic maps on population, weather, trees, etc. In the link to Education--Teaching Tools are games, images and puzzles.
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World
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    Essentially an encyclopedia of geographical places and features, the Gazetteer contains the names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 170,000 places in the world. Entries includes information on many of the following: Demographics; physical geography; political boundaries; industry, trade, and service activities; agriculture; cultural, historical, and archeological points of interest; transportation lines; longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; pronunciations; official local government place-names and changed or variant names and spellings. Length varies from a brief notation on a small village to an essay on a country or region.Includes a glossary of geographical and geological terms.Use it to gather basic socio-demographic information about cities, towns, regions worldwide; look up geographical information; check the spelling of a place name.
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC)
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    The ///DARMC/ makes freely accessible the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. //It allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.Coverage begins with the Roman Empire (based on the /Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World /and the Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites), continues through the Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe. Plans to include the Islamic world in the future.//Draws on the cartographic achievements of the as well as Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps (California)
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    Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas. The USC Libraries have currently purchased access only to the set of Sanborn maps for California.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
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    This web site provides access to the full-text content of 4,274 e-books purchased by the USC Libraries from netLibrary. The books are searchable by both author and title. In addition, all books included in this collection are accessible through Homer.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
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    One of the largest resources of rare materials ever collected in microfilm or electronic formats. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue, a union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private and public libraries worldwide. This collection captures the essence of the Enlightement in Great Britain in multiple academic disciplines, including history, literature, geography, social sciences, fine arts, religion, philosophy, and law.
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    Multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities (63%), social sciences (33%), and economics (4%.
  • Global Road Warrior
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    Global Road Warrior, which sub-titles itself as 'the ultimate guide to the world' or 'the ultimate business travel guide" provides a broad range of practical information, available in twenty broad subject categories, for over 175 countries. Includes numerous maps and images.
  • Google Maps
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    Ah, finally - a map system that does it all. This free service offersdetailed street and terrain maps, robust locator tools to findaddresses/businesses/places, and a route planner for traveling by car,public transport, or walking. Live traffic conditions for several citiesare available as well. For those who need visual cues, Google Mapsprovides that too. Its fascinating "Street View" shows 360° panoramicstreet-level views, inviting users to virtually walk and explore thearea. This is available in many U.S. cities and in several countriesabroad. There is also a feature for those wanting to create their ownmaps. No more fumbling with folding paper maps, just click on this greatsite.
  • LandScan 2013
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    The database offers the accurate and reliable, geographically based, population distribution model.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Medieval Travel Writing
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    Provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel - real and imaginary - in the Middle Ages.
  • National
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    A web portal from the publisher of the National Geographic Magazine. Provides access to reprints of articles from various National Geographic Society publications, accessible by subject, as well as photographs and science and environmental news.
  • PolicyMap
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    PolicyMap is a multi-disciplinary interactive online mapping tool that provides access to a diverse range of data, including, demographic, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, and health. Use it to create maps, tables, and graphs for a variety of research purposes, including, market analysis, business planning, site analysis, demographic profiles, policy briefs, and grant applications
  • SAGE eReference
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    Sage e-Reference is a full-text collection of over 80 online specialized encyclopedias in the social sciences, including communications, gender studies, social work, history, psychology, etc. Search one encyclopedia, or all of them simultaneously.
  • SimplyMap
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    This database from Geographic Research, Inc. enables non-technical users to quickly create thematic maps, reports, ring studies and location analyses using extensive demographic, social, business and marketing data from many sources including the US Census, Experian Simmons and more.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
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    The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.

    This database is part of USC's subscription to the Web of Science.

    The SSCI is also available on CD-ROM (1981-) and print (1969-) in the Doheny Reference Center.

  • University of California Digital Map Collection
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    Since the Scout Report last visited the Digital Map Collection at the University of California, there have been many worthy additions to this cartographic cornucopia. The maps are both historic and contemporary, andthey include zoning maps, land use maps, historic maps of the state's coastline, and so on. Visitors can elect to browse all of the California digital maps, or the non-California digital maps here. Currently, there are over 475 California maps, and visitors can browse the offerings by call number title, keyword, title, and more. On the non-California side of things, there are over 10,000 maps, and they deal with just about every topic under the geographical sun. The site is rounded out by a list of digital topographic map sets, and a link to a more specialized search engine for the maps.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • USC GeoPortal
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    The USC GeoPortal is a centralized repository of spatial data layers for use by USC faculty, staff, and students. The interface allows users to search, preview, map, and download geospatial data including including contours, land use, parcel data, and select census data for Los Angeles. For more details including complete data holdings, see the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.
  • Web of Science
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    Web of Science (a.k.a. Web of Knowledge): Provides citations covering over 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences. Includes:Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded); Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Sciences & Humanities (CPCI-SSH); Index Chemicus (IC); and Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-Expanded). Powerful tools include cited reference searching, Citation Maps, and the Analyze Tool.
  • World Bank Worldwide Development Indicators
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    The World Bank's World Development Indicators provides direct access to more than 700 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to present. A subset of these data can be viewed graphically within the World Bank's Data Visualizer.

    Also, check out the World Banks new open-data initiative.