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Columbia Gazetteer of the World

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
Columbia University Press
Columbia University Press
2001 edition

Revised and updated web version of: The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World.
"A database of names, descriptions and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Users can search all the information, not just place-names, and segment it."
There are three primary search options:
1. Place-Name Search
In many ways the Place-Name search duplicates how entries are found in the printed edition. You can look up an entry alphabetically by the name of the place.
2.Word Search
Word Search is a important tool for searching the text of all Gazetteer entries for any word, combination of words, or exact phrases.
Once a search is completed, you can view or print a list of the entries where the search word/phrase is found, or view or print the entries themselves, as well as navigate through the list of matching articles, entry by entry.
3.Type of Place Search
The Type of Place Search allows you to choose in one search between three different types of place (city, lake, mountain, river, etc.), four separate criteria (such as population, elevation, etc.) associated with those types of place, continent/sub-continent, and country. This search allows you to find and see a list of, for example, all the Gazetteer entries for rivers in Southeast Asia longer than 50 miles, or villages in Kenya with a population greater than 1,000 people, or railroad stations in Russia. The resulting list is printable, as is each entry.

The IUB libraries contain many earlier print editions; see IUCAT for details.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Statistical Resources
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • African Studies

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