Images & Maps

Please note is available in select libraries; is available in all libraries; is also available outside the library with your card; and is freely available online.

Britannica ImageQuest


Use Image Quest for more than two million images which may be used in assignments, activities, projects and other non-commercial educational uses.

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Biography in Context


Search for people in articles and books, based on personal facts such as name, birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and gender.

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Britannica Library Children


Find articles, pictures, and videos about animals, arts, language, places, plants, science & math, social studies, sports, and religions. Even tour the USA or compare countries!

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World Book Student


Search for information on any topic. Learn how to do research, write citations, and even create an account to keep track of your research.

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CultureGrams Online


Use Culture Grams to research information on the peoples and cultures of over 185 countries, the provinces and territories of Canada, and all 50 states in the U.S.

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Access audio/video clips, pictures, maps, books, news, and more on homework topics common to middle and high school students.

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Foundation Maps

Available in the Vancouver Community Library.
Research the impact of philanthropy around the world today with this interactive mapping tool.

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General OneFile


Select from several news, magazine, or journal articles with images--many in full-text.

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History Study Center


Dig into study units covering over 500 historical topics on global history from ancient times to the present day.

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Sanborn Maps


Chart the growth and development of cities and towns in Washington with maps originally created for fire insurance purposes, dating 1867-1970.

Use the information to supplement your historical or genealogical research.

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SIRS Discoverer


Get articles from magazines, newspapers, and U.S. government documents with the young researcher in mind.

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World Book Online for Kids


Find articles, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities covering a variety of subjects for elementary and middle-school students.

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CIA World Factbook

Find printable maps,world flags, and country profiles featuring the history, people, government, economy, military, geography and more for most of the countries of the world.

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USGS Topo Maps from National Geographic

Download free, printable United States Geological Survey (USGS) topo maps.

National Geographic has built an easy-to-use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any 7.5 minute topo in the contiguous United States. Each topo has been pre-processed to print on a standard letter-size printer.

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Get point-to-point directions, check travel times, or just look up a location on Map Quest.

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National Geographic Virtual Library


Browse articles, explore topics, and find images. All the National Geographic resources are at your command, without the big stacks of yellow magazines.

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Tip: find images

Find more images by searching Google Images for what you want, but then clicking on the little gear icon to access "Advanced Search." Once t

Find more images by searching Google Images for what you want, but then clicking on the little gear icon to access "Advanced Search." Once there, you can limit by color, image type, and most importantly, usage rights.