How to enter search terms when searching for:
On the Library Advanced Search page:
Search for an atlas:
On the AMICUS Advanced Search page:
On the Archives Advanced Search page:
On the Search Results page:
Use the "Limit to" options in the right-hand column to further narrow your search results. E.g., the "Item" option in the "Hierarchical Level" limits results to the individual or item-level descriptions (i.e., a single map instead of a group of maps).
It is recommended that you always use "Any Keyword" in the Keyword field when searching.
Because the publication dates of maps can be uncertain, you may wish to avoid using the "Date" text box; instead, enter dates into an "Any Keyword" text box to improve search results.
Keep in mind that the databases contain descriptions of historical documents. You may need to use expressions and words whose meanings have changed over time to improve your search results.
Great War, European War, First World War, World War 1
Be aware of changes in place names.
Fort Frontenac, Cataraqui or Cataracoui = Kingston, Ville-Marie = Montréal, Bytown = Ottawa, York = Toronto
Publishers of older maps often changed French place names to an English equivalent.
Île-aux-Grues changed to Crane Island, Pointe-Lévis changed to Point Levi, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu changed to St. John's
When searching for a specific title from a map series (such as the 1:50 000 NTS or nautical charts), it is recommended that you search by the sheet number or the individual title.