Tuesday, January 30, 2007

More Google-related Maps

...and More Maps from Google

The Google Books search has recently added a new feature to some of its entries. When searching for a book in the library of Google Books, users can now find maps that map out the events of the book. Using the Google Books search, click on the "About this Book" feature. This section shows where the book may be purchased, libraries where the book may be borrowed, related books, references from scholarly works, and other editions of the book. Some books included in the Google library also include a map of the events of the book listed under the section "Places Mentioned in this Book." This feature is being added to more books, but the following are some of the books that include maps: Howards End by E.M. Forster, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, and, of course, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. These world maps include markers where events in the book took place with pages of the book referenced below the map. Recently a student teaching an elementary class about Around the World in Eighty Days created a game where the students mapped out the events of the book using maps from the Geospatial Center & Map Collection. And now Google allows readers to accomplish this with a click of the mouse.

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