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Maps & Geographic Data: Cite a Map

Citation Managers

There's no need to manually create your works cited list! These tools exist to help you easily collect, store, format, and output your citations.

Why Cite Maps?

If you refer to a map within a paper, it must be cited, just like articles, books, movies, and images. This page includes guidance about how to cite maps from various sources.

If you include a map as a part of a document, such as a research paper:

  1. Give the map a short caption, including a brief descriptive title.
  2. Cite the map in the text so the reader can find the complete reference in the reference list or bibliography at the end of your paper.
  3. Create a complete reference in the works cited list at the end of your paper. This includes the map's author, title, date of creation, and publication source. See the following guides for specifics.

Online Guides to Citing Maps & Geographic Data

General Citation Guides