Virtual Library

This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.


Atlas of Canada--
Current maps, tables, images, geographical facts, and archive of historical maps, from Natural Resources Canada.

Google Earth-- Excellent free downloadable program or plug-in that "puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop... combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips." Also allows virtual "ocean exploration."


Harvard WorldMap-- Unique facility "developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information." Allows researchers to access online tools to interface large datasets with maps of various types, of their own creation or pre-existing. The search facility gives access to thousands of custom maps created with this open source software. For example, the Africa Map "allows students, researchers, and the general public to interact with the best available public data for Africa, see the whole of Africa yet also zoom in to particular places, accumulate both contemporary and historical data supplied by researchers and make it permanently accessible online, [and] work collaboratively across disciplines and organizations with spatial information about Africa in an online environment."

National Geographic Society maintains a great map section, including atlas and dynamic maps, satellite images of the Earth, flags, and country facts. Note also their Education section for students and teachers, with pertinent resources.

Outline Maps-- World and regional maps in PDF that "may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use," from the Houghton Mifflin Company.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection-- At the University of Texas, one of the very best online, with finely detailed maps of different styles and dates.

Reference Maps-- Detailed regional and global maps from the World Factbook reference annual of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States.

United Nations Atlas of the Oceans-- "An Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability."

United Nations Cartographic Web Site-- An excellent site, with many general and peacekeeping maps online and links to other U.N. map sites. Maps are in PDF format for best display and print results.

World Time Zones Map-- Time zones of the world, with the current times, sun clock, time zone maps to print.

World Wind-- From the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an excellent free downloadable program with many plug-ins that "lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there."

Worldmapper-- "A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest." From the University of Sheffield, these cartograms show the relative global distribution of many attributes, such as population, trade flows, immigration, refugees, tourism, and so on

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: