Finding Maps

This guide will help you to find maps in both print and electronic form.


Geography is "the study of the physical features of the earth and of human activity as it relates to these".
A map is "a flat diagram of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc".

An atlas is "a book of maps or charts".

Oxford University Press 2004,, viewed 30 August 2004)

Maps are available in both print and electronic form.

Australian resources

International resources

Finding print maps

How to search for print maps:

  1. Go to Library Search
  2. Enter 'map' into the search box
  3. Enter the geographic area - suburb/town/area/state/country- using AND to connect them

Note: If no results are returned, try a larger geographic area. For example, a search for 'Frenchville' won't return any results, but a search for 'Rockhampton' will return multiple results.

How to search for atlases:

  1. Go to Library Search
  2. Enter 'atlas' and then enter the geographic area - i.e. Queensland, Australia, world.

Electronic maps

The Geoscience Australia website opens in a new window provides access to maps, images, data and publications.

The Natmaps (Raster Maps) program provides access to a 1:250 000 scale series of topographic maps of Australia. Natmaps is only accessible from library workstations at the CQ campuses. A Natmaps Guide is available to help you use this resource.

Google Maps opens in a new window is a free web mapping service application and technology provided by Google. Google Maps offers five viewing modes by default: Map (topographic and street map), Satellite (satellite and high-resolution aerial photographs), "Terrain" (geographic features in high relief with street overlay), Street View (ground level 360 degree view of certain streets, introduced on May 30, 2007), and Traffic' (traffic congestion maps).