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Research Guides and Data

This is a list of geographic research sources to access books, journal articles, maps, online geographic data and library services at USC.

Basic Geography Information:

Resources from the National Council of Geographic Education
Map projection

Geographic Dictionaries:

Glossary of Generic Terms
Outline of American Geography Glossary
ESRI GIS Dictionary
University of California GIS Dictionary
Geographic Organizations
Blogs, Discussion Groups and Wikis

New Electronic Resources:

New Electronic Resources Blog

Geographic Books, Journals, Articles and Maps:

Books - University of South Carolina (USC) Online Catalog
Digital Collections - Maps Scanned at USC
Electronic Books - Scanned book collections from around the world
Electronic Articles Indexes and Databases - Search online commercial online journals
Government Information Library - Government documents stored at USC as a Federal Depository
Maps - USC online Catalog (use the word map in keyword searches)
Subject Guides - Methods of searching different material at USC
Research Tools - A variety of ways to access information at USC

Geographic Data Sources Online:

Harvard Geospatial Library
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
National Association of Counties
Publication Of Archival Library & Museum Materials
National Geographic Maps
National Park Service
South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC)

South Carolina State Agencies:

Department of Archives and History
Department of Commerce
Department of Health and Environmental Control
Department of Natural Resources
Forestry Commission GIS Site
State Statistical Abstracts
State of SC information portal (
Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs at Clemson University

South Carolina Regional Councils of Governments:

Appalachian Council of Governments
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments
Catawba Regional Council of Governments
Central Midlands Regional Council of Governments
Lowcountry Council of Governments
Lower Savannah Council of Governments
Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments
Upper Savannah Council of Governments
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments

United States Federal Agencies:

Census Bureau
CIA World Fact Book 
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Health and Human Services
National Archives
National Center for Health Statistics
US Federal Geospatial Data and Maps
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Your One Stop for Federal State and Local Geographic Data 
USC Department of Geography
University of Georgia GIS Data