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Maps & Geospatial: Maps

Detailed information on finding maps at Penn State

MLA Style

Structure:

  • Title of map (underlined or italicized)
  • Descriptive label (e.g., Map, Graph, Photograph)
  • City of publication: Publisher, date of publication (if available)
  • Title of online collection (underlined or italicized)
  • Date of posting or most recent update of collection
  • Name of project or reference database (underlined or italicized)
  • Name of sponsoring institution
  • Date of access and electronic address

Title of map. Descriptive label. City of publication: Publisher, date. Title of Online Collection. Date of posting. Database. Sponsoring institution. Day Month Year of access <electronic address>.

 

Example:

Map of the West Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas, including the Colony of Liberia. Map. Philadelphia: Finley, 1830. Map Collections 1500-2004. 3 May 2005. American Memory. Lib. of Congress. 1 Aug. 2005 <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g8882c.lm000002>.

Chicago Style

Structure:

  • Author’s last name, first name, middle initial (if given, or person responsible for content)
  • Title of document (in italics) [shorten to meaningful limits]
  • Format (map, chart)
  • Publisher city: publishing company, copyright date
  • Source (From Library of Congress in normal font), Collection name with dates (in italics)
  • Medium (software requirement needed to access source)
  • URL (use bibliographic record URL or shorter digital id if available at bottom of bib record)
  • Accessed date (in parentheses)

Last name, First name Middle initial. Title of Work. Format. City: Publishing Company, copyright date. Source, Collection. Medium, http://..., (accessed date).

 

Example:

Ashmun, Jehudi. Map of the West Coast of Africa from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas, including the Colony of Liberia. Map. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1830. From Library of Congress, Map Collections. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g8882c.lm000002 (accessed January 9, 2006).

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