Friday, November 18, 2011

Find Texts About Places with Google Maps

The Online Computer Library Center has created a Google Map that allows researchers to find information about a location held in Open WorldCat or Google Books. mapFast allows users to select a location and then returns links to texts about the selected location in the WorldCat, the world's largest bibliographic database, or on Google Books.

When users search for a location they can also define a search radius. The map then centers on the requested location and also displays other referenced locations within the selected search area. This helps researchers to discover texts on surrounding locations as well as for the primary search term.

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