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We designed this research guide to introduce you to the field of geography. You'll find the materials, search tools, and other resources you need to start your research.


For GIS or map-related questions, contact Chris Kollen.

Learn how to find maps at the library, or explore the specific resources listed below.

Arizona Digital Sanborn Maps
Detailed maps of Arizona cities and towns with a wealth of information including building outlines, construction materials, heights, function street names, street widths, building use and house of block numbers. Dates available varies for each city or town.

National Map (U.S. Geological Survey) 
Locate and view U.S. Geological Survey maps or download data. Includes current topographic maps, historical topographic maps, plus a wide range of other maps and data.

Social Explorer
Provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information for the United States. You can create thematic maps, interactive maps, and customized reports. Also includes data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey and 1980-2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study. Maps and reports can be printed or downloaded.

Learn how to read maps with our map scale guide.

Data & Statistics

GIS resources

Consult our GIS resources guide for information about GIS software and training/classes available at the University of Arizona, how to find geospatial data, and working with interactive and static maps.