GIS Mapping Local, State, and National Resources


Notre Dame Center for Social Research (CSR) provides a full range of services to enhance the quality of your research including geographic data resources.

Michiana Regional Geographic Information System (GIS) represents the counties of Elkhart and St. Joseph, Indiana. Map layers include plat, political bounds, structures, subdivisions, zoning, and tax parcels.

State is the public source for map data in Indiana. It includes the information people need most in a format that is accessible to both the general public and expert geographic information systems (GIS) users.

Mapping Websites provides interactive mapping sites run by federal, state and local governments, and regional organizations.


National Geospaitial Program provides links to major portals for geospatial products provided by the federal government. Includes the National Map,, CEGIS, and more.

National Atlas provides free printable maps of the 50 states with Congressional districts, topographic maps, and digital cartographic data.  

USGS Seamless Data Warehouse is an excellent source for many types of data including: Elevation, Land Cover, Orthoimagery, Transportation, Boundaries and Hydrography.

ArcGIS Online is a free image Service from ESRI including Imagery, Street Data, Topographic Maps, Physical Maps, Shaded Relief Imagery, Boundaries, and more.

National Geophysical Data Center provides Bathymetry, Topography & Relief data.

United Nations Environmental Program GEO Data Portal provides international data. Data can be displayed on a map, with a graph, in a table, or downloaded.

National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) - NHGIS provides free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2010.


For more information on GIS Mapping, contact:
Hesburgh Library Reference Department