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Background reference sources: Maps, atlases, and gazetteers

Use maps, atlases and gazetteers to find out information about places, or about the geographical aspects of your topic.

A small sample of the hundreds print and online maps, atlases, and gazetteers available at SFU Libraries:


City of Vancouver

Vancouver maps layered with geographical and social data.


National Atlas of Canada

National Atlas of Canada
Hundreds of maps covering Canada's environment, society, economy, and history.



SimplyAnalytics (formerly SimplyMap Canada)
Create thematic maps using Canadian demographic, business, and consumer data.


CIA World Factbook

CIA World Factbook
Basic facts about countries around the world.


National Geographic

National Geographic Interactive Mapmaker
Create world or regional maps layered with data.


World Bank eAtlas of Global Development

World Bank eAtlas of Global Development
Maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized development indicators for over 200 countries.

Find more

To find more, enter your topic in the Library Search search box, or check the library's guide to finding maps and atlases for more tips.