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Reference Resources: Maps And Geography -- Information About Places

America's Top-Rated Cities: A Statistical Handbook

This is the 17th edition (2010) of this annual compilation of statistical information on 100 U.S. cities. Here is a copy of the table of contents.
We also have online access to the 2007 edition, as well as earlier editions in printed form in the library collection.
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Atlas Of Middle Eastern Affairs

Really more a geopolitical encyclopedia than a comprehensive collection of maps, this 2009 volume contains multipage entries on each state in the Middle East, as well as essays on key issues and "fundamental concerns." You can see a brief overview of the table of contents.
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Cities Of The United States

The fifth edition (2005) contains information on over 180 U.S. cities, including entries on geography and climate, history, economy, municipal government, education, recreation, statistics, and more.
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Comparative Guide To American Suburbs

Fifth edition (2009/10) focuses on the "individual and suburban communities within each of the 75 largest U.S. metropolitan areas... over 2,700 suburban communities with a 10,000+ population." You may preview the table of contents.
The library also has online access to the fourth (2007) and third (2005) editions.
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Concise Dictionary Of World Place Names

Published in 2005. Contains 8,000 entries on the history, meanings, and origin of an enormous range of country, region, island, city, and town names from around the world.
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U.S. Government gateway to wide range of geographical information.
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Geographic Names Information System

Searchable database of U.S. placenames, with access to maps.
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Getty Thesaurus Of Geographic Names

Database of more than a milliion of placenames world-wide.
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How Far Is It?

Useful for providing distances between cities (international).
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U.S. Gazetteer

Geographical and demographic information for specific locations. Maps include highways, roads, points of interest, congressional districts, and other census data.
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