exercise is designed to introduce you to the resources available through the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library section of the MSU Memorial Library



exercise is designed to introduce you to the resources available through the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library section of the MSU Memorial Library. The map collection
is located on the first floor of the library. Specifically, this exercise will give you a look at the types of atlases available for your use at the library.

There are a variety of ways to locate an atlas that is of interest to you:

You can simply look through the shelves and pick an atlas from the 1st floor map section.

You can use the library web page to search under Books using keywords (including the word atlas)

You can use the library web page to do an advanced search under Books

Select the Books tab, and then select the ADVANCED New Catalog Search

This ADVANCED search will allow you to limit your search by Collection:

Map Area-Atlas and Book Collection-1st Floor, or

ERC Juvenile Collection-Lower Level

This exercise must be completed using materials available through the MSU Memorial Library. It cannot be completed using on-line materials.

Formatting and completing this assignment:

Carefully read this entire assignment before you try to complete it.

Read and follow the requirements described in Required Format for all GEOG 100 assignments. (Posted on D2L)

Your summary for this atlas exercise should be at least two typewritten pages (a minimum of 450 words).

Submission of your completed assignment:

A printed copy must be submitted no later than the beginning of class on the due date noted at the top of these directions. Early submission is encouraged. Early
assignments can be turned in to Ginger before/after class, during office hours, or in the Geography Department office in MH 206.

To Successfully Complete this Exercise:

You will need to choose:

One Atlas

Two different maps within that atlas

For EACH of the two maps include the following information:

PAGE NUMBER and TITLE of the map

The type of map SCALE (graphic, verbal, or a representative fraction)

The map PROJECTION used to make the map

What type of information is shown in the map KEY (map LEGEND)

(Note: if there is no title, no key, no scale, or no projection given, you must state in your summary that what type of information is not provided for your map.)

Describe and summarize EACH of the TWO maps:

What information is represented on each map (what is your interpretation of the data presented); what did you learn; do you have any questions specific to the map?

How the map is designed is not as important as what you learned from it. We should be able to tell from your summary exactly what type of map you are describing.

Include a description of the most interesting detail you saw on each of the maps you describe.

Comment on your impression of the ATLAS as a whole. Was it a unique topic for an atlas, did you find it informative and useful?

In addition to the Annals/Chicago style bibliography citation, please provide the CALL NUMBER assigned to the atlas (This is how you locate items in the library.)

Check the spine of the book or inside front cover

The Call # should start with a letter and look similar to: G1201.S1 H4 2007

The call number can simply be added at the end of your reference list entry for the atlas.

Remember to introduce and cite (author date) your atlas in your first paragraph. Be sure you cite the atlas each time you refer to it.

Grading Criteria (25 pts):

Appropriate format and content 3 pts

Complete atlas and map information (#1) 4 pts

Complete map summaries (#2 & #3) (2 maps x 5 pts for each) 10 pts

Atlas comments (#4) 3 pts

Complete bibliography, in-text citations & Call No. (#5) 5 pts

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