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Maps and GIS  

How to find and use maps and other geospatial resources at Pratt and beyond.
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Books About Maps

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On the Map - Simon Garfield
Call Number: 912.09 G231
Publication Date: 2012

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Mappings - Denis Cosgrove
Call Number: 912.09 M2976
Publication Date: 1999

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How to Lie with Maps - Mark Monmonier
Call Number: 526 M747H
Publication Date: 1991

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The World Through Maps - John Rennie Short
Call Number: 526.09 S559
Publication Date: 2003


Using Cartographic Materials

Map encompassing Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Navy Yard and South Williamsburg

When and why might you want to use maps? Maps can be useful for historical research on cities and buildings, urban planning and urban studies research, and geology and environmental studies. Maps can also be works of art in themselves, and many artists have used elements of maps in their work. 

This guide offers research tips and strategies for using maps and GIS in the Pratt Institute’s Libraries and beyond. If you need additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact us! 

How To Read Maps

  • Glossary of Cartographic Terms
    An extensive list of map terminology from the University of Texas at Austin's Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection.
  • How To Read A Map
    A helpful guide from the New York Public Library's Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division

Get Research Help

Librarians at Pratt want to help you with your research :)  Here's how to contact us: 

  • Chat-w/-A-Librarian
    Chat online with a librarian (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  • Ask-A-Librarian
    Call, email, or visit our Reference Desk :)

    Brooklyn: (718) 636-3704

    Manhattan: (212) 647-7539


    Location: The Reference Desk is on the 1st Floor of the Brooklyn Library.

Maps as Art

Cover Art
Everything Sings - Denis Wood (Artist); Ira Glass (Introduction by)
Call Number: 704.949975 W874
Publication Date: 2011

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You Are Here - Katharine Harmon (Editor)
Call Number: 912 H288
Publication Date: 2003

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Walking and Mapping - Karen O'Rourke
Call Number: 700.904 O186
Publication Date: 2013


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