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Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

What is a Gazetteer?

A gazetteer is a geographical list or dictionary of place names. There are three types of gazetteers: alphabetical list, dictionary, and encyclopedic. Gazetteers are useful resources if you're trying to find historical names for places (e.g., countries, regions, streets, etc.), alternate names, etc.

Gazetteers can be used to identify XY coordinates (e.g. latitude / longitude) for places / geographic features, which can be useful if you want to plot the locations on a map.

Global Gazetteers

United States Gazetteers

How to Find Print Gazetteers

Search in the "Library Catalog" tab in Brandeis Library OneSearch if you would like to find print gazetteers at Brandeis Library. Here are some search strategies:

  • Try a keyword search using terms like, "place names" or "street names" or gazetteer*
  • Try a subject search for gazetteer*
  • Try a subject search for Names, geographical -- [place of interest]
    (e.g., Names, geographical -- France)