Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Atlas of Sports Available from Ball State University Libraries

Frazier Versus Ali: Atlas of Sports Available from Ball State University Libraries

The Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library contains nearly 3,000 atlases available for research and learning. The Collection includes road and street atlases, but Ball State University Libraries focuses on acquiring cartographic resources specifically for use in the college classroom. In addition to useful maps, many of the atlases include numerous compelling charts, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that may be used as visual aids for papers and presentations.

The Atlas of Sports: Who Plays What, Where, and Why is a new cartographic resource available from the Atlas Collection. The charts shown above depict the value of the sport of boxing in history, with 700 million viewers watching Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier in 1975. Countries winning Olympic medals for boxing are also shown, with the United States leading. The atlas mentions that women’s boxing will make its debut at the London Games in 2012.

For more information about using atlases and other cartographic resources in the college classroom, please contact the GIS Research and Map Collection at 765-285-1097.

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