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Maps: General Reference Maps

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General Reference Maps

This is a catch-all term for various small-scale maps, such as maps covering a continent, region, or country on a single sheet. General reference maps also include thematic maps (maps about a subject, which show such things as population and crop distribution). Maps published by the CIA and National Geographic maps are typical examples of this genre.

General reference maps are interfiled with road maps and other types of maps in the U.S. sheet map and foreign sheet maps sections. Atlases and Maps on File (Maps, Reference Desk G1021.M28) are also good sources of general reference maps. Some outdated general reference maps can also be found in the file cabinets labeled "world travel" and "U.S. travel" on the north wall.