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.
Includes names and associated information about places like administrative political entities (e.g., cities, nations) and physical features (e.g., mountains, rivers). Current and historical places are included.
Includes info about 6,000 Jewish communities in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East; and the names of one million localities in 54 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Information about geographic features of all types (e.g., airports, cities, rivers, etc.) in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica. This site is helpful for looking up the geographic coordinates (latitude/longitude) for specific locations.
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)