Friday, April 15, 2011

New Location for Soil Surveys in University Libraries

Soil Surveys Available from Ball State University Libraries

Students and other researchers using soil surveys in University Libraries will now find these maps in a more centralized location. All of the soil surveys are now located on the second floor of Bracken Library, either in the Atlas Collection for circulation or next door in the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) as reference materials.

All 92 Indiana counties’ soil surveys are available from the Atlas Collection on the east side of the second floor. These map books may be circulated for 28 days. Additional soil surveys of Indiana counties are available in the GRMC as reference materials. These soil surveys are maintained in the GRMC so that every county survey is always available for research. New sets of soil survey maps of Elkhart, Fountain, and Pulaski County were also recently transferred to the GRMC.

The Atlas Collection also includes soil surveys of St. Louis County, Missouri, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and Cook County, Illinois and the area near Chicago. A soil survey of Washington, D.C., is also available in the Atlas Collection. Researchers can also use soil surveys of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the islands of Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Atlas Collection.

The GRMC also has soil maps from numerous counties around the United States. A large collection of international soil maps is also available in the GRMC. These soil maps circulate for two weeks or longer for special projects.

For more information about these cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097. The GRMC is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 P.M.

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