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Maps & Geography

This guide will help you find reliable maps and information on geography, in both print and electronic form.


Welcome to the Maps & Geography Library Guide.  This guide will help you find reliable maps and information on geography, in both print and electronic form.

If you have any questions about this or other research topics, or about STLCC Libraries, please use the contact information on the right. You can also  Ask-A-Librarian.

What is Geography?

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment.

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence - how people and their activity are distributed in space, how they use and perceive space, and how they create and sustain the places that make up the earth's surface. Human geographers work in the fields of urban and regional planning, transportation, marketing, real estate, tourism, and international business.

Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. They forecast the weather, manage land and water resources, and analyze and plan for forests, rangelands, and wetlands. Many human and physical geographers have skills in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

(From the Association of American Geographers website.)

Why Study Geography?

Famous Maps

Robert W. Karrow Jr., curator of maps at the Newberry Library in Chicago, holds an early 19th century pocket globe produced in England at the Newberry Library Wednesday, April 18, 2007, in Chicago. The softball-sized globe has a map of the solar system inside its top. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000