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  1. Quickstart Guide
    1. Login
    2. Search for Content
    3. Display a Map
    4. Zoom a Map
    5. Download or Print a Map
    6. Watch a National Geographic Video

  2. Overview
    1. System Requirements
    2. Getting the Most from Maps101

  3. Content
    1. New Resources
    2. Field Trip Library
    3. National Geographic
    4. Map Collections
    5. Reading Workbooks
    6. History Outline Maps
    7. Interactive Maps
    8. Spanish Language
    9. Reference Atlas
    10. Global Perspectives
    11. K-3
    12. Classroom Resources
    13. Learn & Play
    14. Podcasts

  4. Features
    1. Zoomify
    2. Map Sketch
    3. State Standards

  5. Home Page Navigation

  6. Map Page Navigation

  7. Troubleshooting & Help
    1. System Requirements
    2. Enabling Cookies

Quickstart Guide

Login to Maps101
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Click the Subscriber Login button in the top right corner.

Enter your school/district username and password.

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* Tip — Your browser can automatically save your Maps101 login information. When you visit Maps101 in the future, you will not be required to login.

* Tip — Be sure to type your username and password accurately. The password is case sensitive.

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Search for Content
On each page you will see a search box in the upper right corner, just below the Maps 101 heading. Type in the place or subject that you are looking for and Maps101 will find all content relating to that subject.

Search results will appear in a complete list with images.

* Tip — To view a list of content without images, click "view as: text" in the upper right corner of the search results.

* Tip — Search results will initially appear all together. However, they are also grouped by type or category, for example: videos, map collections, and reference atlas. Click the tabs above your search results to see the various categories.
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Display a Map
Click the MAP COLLECTIONS button on the left side of the home page.

Select Physical Maps.

Click United States Physical Geography.

* Tip — To view maps of individual states, under Physical Maps click U.S. States. Choose the state you want to view.
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Zoom a Map
Many of the maps in Maps101 have a special zoom feature called zoomify. This feature allows users to get detailed, close-up views of Maps101 maps. In addition, you can print the section you are viewing. Click the magnifying glass in the top right corner to access zoomify. Use the zoom bar to adjust the view. The arrows allow you to scan up and down or across the zoomed map.

* Tip — Some of the maps do not have the zoomify feature. However, you can still zoom using a PDF version of the map. See the Print or Download a Map section below for more information.
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Download or Print a Map
  • While viewing a map, click on the controls underneath the image.

  • PDF — Downloads a PDF document of the map that can be opened and viewed on your computer, printed, or emailed.

  • Download — Opens the full size image in a new window. Right click "Save As" to save a copy to your computer.

  • Email — Enables you to email the map image to another Maps101 user (in accordance with the terms of use, of course).

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Watch a National Geographic Video
  • Click the National Geographic button on the left.

  • Click National Geographic Videos.

  • Select your required subject area.

  • Browse the video content. Click on the appropriate video image to play or click Play Video.

* Tip — You can also browse videos by location. Zoom in on the map to see locations of all National Geographic videos, and click the pushpin to select. Pushpins are color coded according to their subject matter.
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Welcome to Maps101...home of the most comprehensive, interactive, engaging support materials available for geography, history, Earth science, and the language arts K-12 classroom.

Maps101 is an online resource that saves you time by providing support materials, such as maps, virtual field trips, news articles, videos, educational games, and animations, along with lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom.

Because Maps101 offers a wide variety of materials for a range of subjects and grade levels, teachers can call upon a variety of content to illustrate their lessons and hold student interest. Maps101 is available from any internet-connected device, using your school's username and password. By being internet accessible, Maps101 can also be used in the home for research or simply to browse the wealth of information on the site.
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System Requirements
Internet-connected desktop, laptop, or tablet device.

Compatible with
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple OS Safari
Recommended Plugin
Adobe Flash (required for some multimedia content)
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Getting the Most from Maps101
Maps101 offers content for every classroom, teacher, student, and parent. There is no limit on usage! We recommend that you inform everyone at your school about your login details, including:

Library and media specialists; science teachers; social studies teachers, including geography and history teachers; Spanish language teachers; K-3 teachers; and all students and parents.

You can also share specific content with students or teachers using the email control at the bottom of the content pages.

* Tip — Maps101 offers IP Authentication, so that computers within your school or district are not required to login.

* Tip — Maps101 provides several documents that you can share around the school in electronic and printed format. If you would like to receive more information email us at: Please identify your school name and location when making an inquiry.

* Tip — For the latest developments and news from Maps101, follow our Facebook account at
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To help you find exactly what you are looking for within more than 4,200 pieces of content that make up Maps101, we have a number of content sections for you to navigate. Click on the button in the left column to access each set of content. What you will find is described in detail below.

* Tip — You can also find content relating to a topic or location using the search function in the upper right section just below the Maps 101 Header.
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New Resources
The New Resources section provides links to the latest content available on Maps101. It is the one stop for the most recent GNN articles, the current Map of the Week, the latest podcasts, or the newest Field Trip. The links here update as new content is released.
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Field Trip Library
The Field Trip Library is powered by Esri to take you on virtual field trips through time and space. You can learn about a diverse range of topics—from fossils and butterflies to the Bill of Rights and World War II. You can tour Maritime Museums or learn about National Parks. You can discover the planets in our solar system, as well as much, much more.

The Field Trip Library is organized into collections. Use the drop down menus to access the collections and then choose a specific field trip. Look for new collections here or in the New Resources section.
  • American History Collection—This collection includes topics to understand America's foundation, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Other subjects include, Abraham Lincoln, Native Americans, the Monroe Doctrine, Immigrants to America, the Great Depression, the Impact of Civil Rights, and about State Capitals.
  • Early Learner Collection—Students in K-3 can take virtual field trips too. Topics in this collection include: Fossils, Monarch Butterflies, Under the Sea, Zoo Animals, Fruits, and Vegetables.
  • K-2 Collection—Designed for the youngest learners, this collection introduces maps in All About Maps and parks in Parks Are Fun. There is also a field trip that explores My Country.
  • K12 Collection—This collection has a little bit of everything. Learn about World War I and II, the Slave Trade, the Water Cycle, the Salem Witch Trials, the Gift of the Nile, the Civil War, the Spanish Influence on Texas, Lewis and Clark, and more.
  • Space & Science Collection—Interested in outer space? Take a virtual field trip of the Planets or Space Exploration. Back on Earth, discover more about Plants, Rocks and Minerals, Electricity, and more.
  • Texas and the West Collection—This collection highlights the vast history of Texas and the intrigue of the Wild West. Topics include: Oil and Texas, Independence, the Texas Cattle Industry and Ranching, The Alamo, Famous Texans, and the Wild West.
  • Travel the USA Collection—From the Pacific to the Atlantic, the U.S. is diverse. Explore sites in this collection. Trips include: Whale Watching, National Parks, National Monuments, Maritime Museums, and Spanish Missions.
  • Weather & Science Collection—This collection features field trips about Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Ocean Currents, Hurricanes and Tornadoes, Storm Surges and Tides, and more.
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National Geographic
Find National Geographic content directly through Maps101. This section has links to short videos, maps, outline maps, the EarthPulse atlas, archived maps from over 100 years of National Geographic Magazine, and the National Geographic Ninth Edition Atlas of the World.
  • Black and White Outline Maps—These black and white maps of the world are ideal for printing when color is not an option.
  • EarthPulse —The EarthPulse atlas from NG provides world statistics and comparisons in a quick-reference, interactive format. Great when reading Geography News Network™ articles and seeking different perspectives.
  • Magazine Map Archive (1891-1997)—Search by decade or by region to find 100 years of National Geographic maps.
  • Maps—Find contemporary atlas maps produced by National Geographic.
  • Videos—Videos of 2-3 minutes each cover a broad range of topics. Videos are organized into categories, including: Civilizations & History, Culture & Society, Science & Nature, and Wildlife. There is also a section for Spanish language videos.
  • Ninth Edition Atlas—Browse the rich pages of one of the most authoritative atlases available.
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Map Collections
This section includes a wide variety of maps for all your needs, including: History maps; outline maps; antique maps; thematic maps; city maps; maps focusing on specific areas, such as the Middle East; locator maps showing regions of the world and their position on the globe; and atlases for Texas and California, and more..
  • Antique Maps—This collection includes vintage maps of major U.S. cities from coast to coast, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and more.
  • California Atlas—Our Atlas of California makes use of historic and thematic maps to tell the story of the Golden State.
  • City Maps—Find your way around major cities in the U.S., such as Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago. Or, you can go international! From Havana, Cuba to Beijing, China you can view roads, rivers, and major landmarks.
  • Earth Science Maps—Maps here cover a variety of topics, like precipitation, ethnicity, weather, and more.
  • Former USSR—From the continents to the countries of the former USSR, discover information on ethnicity, regions, administration, and more.
  • Globe Locator Maps—Locate parts of the world through the maps in this collection, made by National Geographic.
  • History Map Sets—World, Canada, and the United States History Map Sets are designed to make history more comprehensible and visually compelling, while enhancing students' knowledge of geography.
  • Middle East Maps—This section includes a comprehensive look at the Middle East, including its resources, people, history, and current events.
  • National Geographic Ninth Edition Atlas—Browse the rich pages of one of the most authoritative atlases available.
  • Outline Map Sets—Find black and white line maps of all the continents, regions of the world, countries, Canadian provinces and territories, and the U.S. states with or without text.
  • Physical Maps—These maps show natural landforms, including mountains, rivers, and lowlands. Their color scheme and shaded relief indicate variations in elevation throughout Canada, the United States, and the world.
  • Spanish Language Maps—Especially for Spanish-speakers, you will find Country, Continent, U.S., and Mexico maps with major features in Spanish. Suitable for Spanish Language and ESL teaching.
  • Texas Atlas—Our Atlas of Texas makes use of historic and thematic maps to tell the story of the Lone Star State.
  • Thematic Map Sets—Access thematic maps that clearly and accurately display historical, cultural, social, economic, and environmental data for Canada, the United States, and the world.
  • United States Congressional Districts Maps—These maps show the Congressional districts in 2000 and 2010.
  • United States County Maps—All of the fifty states are represented in this section, each with county lines, county names, and county seats.
  • Western Civilization—These carefully selected maps provide comprehensive global coverage for the major historical periods.
  • World Projection Collection—This collection includes a selection of various projections of planet Earth. Each of these projections serves a different purpose in visually representing a complex combination of land and water masses in a simplified format.
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Reading Workbooks
For the ELA classroom, Take a Closer Look: Self-Check Reading Workbooks will help students with reading skills, including the basics, such as identifying and analyzing characters, setting, authors, and more, as well as self-guided reading comprehension and critical thinking skills practice. Each workbook also includes vocabulary building with a full list of terms from each novel in the series. The series includes workbooks for classic novels appropriate for readers from grade 4-grade 10, such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Invisible Man; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; The Great Gatsby; Catch-22; Lord of the Flies, and more.

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History Outline Maps
Maps 101 includes a robust set of nearly 100 historical outline maps, including both U.S. History and World History. We provide both labeled and blank versions of each map, which can be downloaded as a PDF or printed. Both teachers and students can become cartographers by digitally adding text, symbols, and drawing on their maps using the Sketch Tool. You can create, save, download, and print the perfect map you need for Bellringers, formal and informal assessments, and daily use.

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Interactive Maps Interactive Maps
The interactive maps section features timelines and maps with animations that students can use to re-enact battles, elections, and other events. Some of the interactive maps require Adobe Flash. A link to download the Flash plugin is provided with each map for computers that don't have Flash already installed. Most interactive maps include the ability to play and pause the action and to enable questions and discussion.

  • Presidential Election Center, 2008, 2012 and 2016—See how the most recent national U.S. elections unfolded. View the results of the primaries, see week-by-week polling results in the run up to the election, view voting in the presidential elections, and compare the results with years gone by.
  • Animated Timeline Maps—Watch hundreds of years of pivotal moments in history unfold in just 90 seconds with our new animated historical timeline maps. These engaging maps will help your students make connections between events in history and the present day.
  • Animated History Maps—Our Animated History Maps add a new level to learning. Now students and teachers can control the information displayed and analyze maps from a new perspective. Watch as history unfolds: maps are activated in different ways: by animated arrows (with sound!), by clicking on the map colors shown in the legend to tell the story, or by dragging place names onto the map and then checking your work!
  • Canada's Province and Territory Capital Cities—Learn about our neighbor to the north.
  • Monuments of Washington D.C.—You don't need to visit Washington D.C. to encounter its rich history and culture.
  • My School Locator—Discover your school and your community in a whole new way!
  • With a view from the top, you can see your house, your school, and your neighborhood.
  • National Battlefields and Military Parks—Follow the many campaign trails and map out our nation's rich military history with this interactive map.
  • National Historic Parks and Sites—Even if you can't visit all the historic parks and sites around the U.S., you can still get a bird's eye view and learn about each one.
  • National Monuments and Memorials—Learn about the history and location of our nation's monuments and memorials through this interactive map.
  • U.S. State Capitals—Get a bird's eye view of your state's capital or zoom in to the capitol buildings and enjoy the view from above.
  • United States Interactive Census Maps—Look at the latest census data for the entire country or for all 50 states. You can compare up to 4 different sets of data.
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Spanish Language Materials Spanish Language
This section provides resources for your ESL learners and Spanish classes. Maps101's Spanish content is more than translations of existing maps, although we have those too. World and U.S. maps include Spanish titles for cities, oceans, rivers, etc., and we also include Geography Skill Builders, videos, our weekly Geography News Network™ articles, and a glossary all in Spanish.
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Reference Atlas
Click on the Reference Atlas and you will be presented with a variety of tools. You will find political and physical maps, flags, and statistics. In addition, country comparisons provide world rankings as well as facts and figures for demographic statistics, such as population, land mass, death rates, education, etc.

Clicking on either the U.S. or World Atlas links will open up the appropriate map. These atlas maps are interactive and enable the user to click and zoom into any country or state. Once a country is selected, the menu above the map can be clicked to show political or physical versions, the national or state flag, and comprehensive statistics.

  • World—Open this link to find an interactive map of the world. Click on any region or country. A menu allows you to view either a political or physical map. You can also choose to see the national or state flag. The statistics section provides comprehensive data on the selected place.
  • United States—Similar to the world reference atlas, here you will find political and physical maps, flags, and statistics for each of the states in the U.S.
  • Flags of the World and the U.S.—See national flags of the world and the state flags of the U.S.
  • Geographic Coordinates—Find the latitude and longitude of places in the world.
  • Guide to Country Profiles—This guide provides a glossary of the terms used in the statistical information for each country in the World Reference Atlas.
  • Appendices—Find further information in the appendix section, including abbreviations, international organizations and groups, weights and measures, and more.
  • Glossary of Geographic Terms—Use this glossary to uLnderstand terms that are important to understanding geography.
  • Country Comparisons—Compare numerous data sets around the world by different themes. For example, under People and Society you will find data on country populations, birth rates, life expectancy, etc. Economic comparisons show GDP, labor statistics, public debt, banking, and more. Under Energy, find comparisons of production and consumption of electricity, oil, gas, and more. Other themes to compare include Communications, Transportation, and Military data.
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Global Perspectives
  • Geography News Network™—GNN provides news-powered learning in the classroom. A new article is published weekly, with an accompanying map or image to help illustrate the topic. Articles are written by a variety of notable authors and Maps 101 staff, and the articles can range from elementary through high school-appropriate topics. Content areas include life science, current events, world history, Earth science, geography and cultures, and many more. Search the article archives or read the most recent articles. Geography News Network™ articles are also translated into Spanish. Find them under the Spanish Language tab on the Home Page.
  • The Hispanic Heritage Month Content Collection—This collection focuses on the richness of Hispanic culture and the Hispanic-Americans who have made an impact on the United States. In addition, you can find Spanish-language content for ESL learners.
  • Map of the Week—Weekly maps, created by geographers, are available here. These maps tie points of interest, historical events, and current events to the lay of the land.
  • Maps in the News—This section features an archive of more than 10 years of Maps in the News articles.
  • EarthPulse—The EarthPulse atlas from National Geographic provides world statistics and comparisons in a quick-reference, interactive format. You can use this atlas in conjunction with the Geography News Network™ articles to help students seek different perspectives.
* Tip — Also, watch for special-event resources and coverage, based on what is happening today. For those researching current events, you will find a wealth of Maps101 resources in the New Resources and Global Perspectives sections.
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K-3 materials include strong colors and bold imagery appropriate for the youngest learners. Choose from a variety of themes to help convey a sense of relative place.
  • Beginner Maps—These maps include "My Bedroom" through "My Neighborhood" to "The Solar System" and more. In addition, neighborhood maps provide bird's eye views of typical locations, including a farm, a neighborhood, and a community. Also find a link to Uncle Sam's Farm, with three levels of game play to help students develop their map skills, including cardinal direction and grid references.
  • Click on The Earth, World Maps, or U.S. Maps to access grade-appropriate materials, including the world's largest rivers, the hemispheres, world population, and volcanoes, all in a grade-appropriate, illustrated style.
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Classroom Resources
Much of our Maps101 content is aimed at specific content areas. Lesson plans are provided for all grade levels to help teachers use this content more effectively. Classroom activities and Geography Skill Builders are available here and there are useful tools for students too, such as glossaries and pronunciation guides.
  • Understanding Geography: Activities—These activities are grade specific with a focus on practicing geographic skills, such as map keys, graphing, timelines, coordinates, and more.
  • Classroom Activities—Quick activities help energize students. Use them as Bellringers to start class, for remediation, or as a review of social studies curriculum content.
  • Geography Glossaries—Glossaries by grade level and in Spanish help students understand geographic content.
  • Geography Skill Builders—These lessons are based on themes in both U.S. and world history curriculum content. They include accompanying maps to engage students and questions for assessment.
  • Introduction to Maps & Map Skills—Help students become map literate with this introduction to mapping skills, such as projections, map types, coordinates, compass, and more.
  • Lesson Plans—Find over 160 complete lesson plans, organized and searchable by grade level, subject, region, and national standards.
  • Pronunciation Gazetteer—The Gazetteer includes 650 place name pronunciations, plus the latitude and longitude of a place, and more.
  • Field Trip Information Sheet—Plan off-site field trips with Maps101.
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Learn and Play
Games aimed at various grade levels help to develop general knowledge and geographical awareness. They also reinforce information conveyed in the lessons. All of the games are played individually, and many include time and score recordings to encourage goal setting. Keep an eye out for special event quizzes such as the Women's History Month crossword.
  • Thematic Crosswords—Challenge yourself with crosswords themed for Earth Day and for Women's History Month.
  • Geoquiz Gameshow—Beat the clock as Geo George asks you a series of questions with the possible answers displayed on a map. Impress the studio audience with your answers.
  • U.S. States Interactive Game—Do you know which state is which? Test yourself with this interactive game.
  • State Capital Interactive Game—Drag-and-drop to identify the capitals of each state.
  • Uncle Sam's Farm - Grades K-3—Let Uncle Sam show you around his farm with this fun, early-learner interactive map feature.
  • Alienz! The Game of World Exploration—Play our easy and fun animated geography quizzes, designed for younger geographers.
  • Jigsaw Puzzles—These are a great skill builder for young geographers, but they are fun for all ages. Our newest puzzles now have varying levels of difficulty.
  • Geography Crosswords—Puzzle your mind with a variety of Geography Crossword Puzzles.
  • Map Kits—Want to be a cartographic artist? With our interactive graphics tools, you can customize online maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and all 50 states!
  • Word Search Puzzles—Download and print out word searches to challenge your students, available in a handy PDF format.
  • World Quizzes—This series of interactive quizzes covers the world. Test your knowledge of different regions in the world, the continents, state capitals, and more.
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Listen to a reading of the latest Geography News Network™ and other content, on the Maps101 blog. Podcasts are helpful for audio-learners, IEP students with special needs, and even struggling readers.

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Zoomify is a feature available for most Maps101 content which enables the user to zoom in to a map and see close-up detail. Zoomify uses high resolution image rendering to enable clear viewing of fine detail including place names, terrain features, rivers, and roads

Where you see the "Zoom" button with the magnifying glass symbol, click to open Zoomify in a new window. From here you can use the slider bar to zoom in and out, and use the navigation arrow keys to move up, down, right, and left to change your view. You can also use your PC mouse. The wheel allows you to zoom in and out, and you can move the map by holding down the left button and moving the image around. On the far right of the control bar, a reset button allows you to revert to the original view.

On the left of the control bar, the print button allows you to print the current selection displayed on your screen. This means that you can zoom in on a particular relevant area and print only that section.

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Map Sketch
Map Sketch allows you to customize the thousands of maps in Maps101. Add shapes, shading, icons, text, highlighting, and even draw on the maps with the pencil icon on the bottom. You can even save your map images and share them. Email them or save them as an image file to insert in a presentation.
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State Standards
Content in Maps101 is aligned to specific state standards and to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). You access these standards by clicking on the bottom of the home page. Then, find standards in the provided search bar.
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Home Page Navigation


1. Header Tabs—Use the Classroom Supplies tab to purchase the most popular maps from Maps101 for use in your classroom. They are easy-to-read and help make abstract concepts easier to understand. Use the HELP tab to access the User Guide.
2. Search—Find content in Maps101 using the provided Search Bar. Enter place names, people, events, animals, or other text, and click the button to search all of Maps101's content. The results will be organized by type of content, for ease-of-use.
3. Content Buttons—Switch between each of Maps101's varied content areas to browse everything from maps to videos to lesson plans and activities. Simply click the appropriate button to open the required section.
4. GNN—Go directly to the Geography News Network™ from here. Articles explain current events and focus on a wide range of topics of interest to students, from Social Studies to STEM content areas. Most articles are appropriate for the middle to high school classroom.
5. Subject Browse Buttons—Access the content in Maps101 by subject to quickly see the breadth of content in a particular area of study.
6. Map Sketch—Use this new tool to add shapes, icons, text and more to the thousands of maps in Maps101. Look for the pencil icon on the bottom of a map.
7. Spanish Language—Easily find Maps101 content that is available in Spanish.
8. History Outline Maps—Quickly access outline maps based on important historical events in the world and the U.S. They can be used in conjunction with the fully-detailed maps on the same subjects to test understand and identification of key points.
9. Podcasts—Listen to the latest Maps101 podcast from here.
10. Additional Resources—Use the buttons here to sign up for our Newsletter, see the latest Map of the Week, access a sample of STEM content in Maps101, or watch a webinar training video on Maps101.
11. State Standards—Find content in Maps101 that aligns to specific state standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) through the link provided here.
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Map Page Navigation

Page Navigation

1. Use Zoomify, where available, to view the map in close-up, high resolution detail.
2. Get a PDF of this map. PDFs are suitable for emailing and printing on any device.
3. Email this map to a friend or colleague. Let another teacher know about content which may be relevant to their lessons, or inform another student of materials that may be useful for a project or assignment.
4. Access a GIF digital copy of this map, suitable for downloading and saving. Digital copies can be used in presentations, slideshows, web pages, or print documents.
5. Open the Map Sketch tools to customize maps with shapes, icons, text, and drawings.
6. Use the provided links for further information and relevant lesson plans for this map.
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Troubleshooting & Help

Answers to the most often asked questions.

A. How do I access Maps101? Or, what if I am having trouble logging in?
Make sure you go directly to Click on the button labeled “Login" in the top right of the screen. Type in your username and password. If you are getting to the Login page, but can't get into the site, try these steps:
  • Make sure your caps lock is off and you are typing your username and password EXACTLY as you have set it up. The fields are case sensitive.
  • Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies. For more information on cookies, see "How do I enable cookies?" below.
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B. What are the system requirements?
Internet-connected desktop, laptop, or tablet device Compatible with:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple OS Safari

Recommended Plugin -

Adobe Flash (Required for some multimedia content)

Microsoft Silverlight (Required for some 3D content)
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C. How do I use the maps?
Most of the maps are available in both GIF format, for display use on the web and in multimedia presentations, and in PDF format, which is resized to fit neatly on a standard 8.5" x 11" paper for printing. See below.
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D. What are PDF and GIF files?
PDF stands for "Portable Document File." It doesn't matter what device or software you are using to use PDFs. PDF files will print out in a high resolution, which makes them ideal for small type and details on a map. GIF stands for “Graphic Interchange Format." This is the leading type of image format specifically for computer use. It is optimized for use on the Internet. GIF imagery resolution (72 dots per inch or dpi) provides a combination of speed and quality when rendering non-photographic images through a computer monitor. GIF images can be displayed with a projector, although Maps101 recommends use of its PDF files for that purpose. GIF is also a standard file format for use with PowerPoint and Photoshop.
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E. How do I print PDFs?
In order to download and print PDFs from Maps101, you must have the free software program “Acrobat Reader" from Adobe. If this is not already installed on your computer or within your browser (most of the latest editions come with it already installed), go to to get the latest version. Follow the instructions provided on the Adobe site. When the program is downloaded to your computer, installation should take only a matter of moments. Once installed, you should not need to install Acrobat Reader again.
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F. What if I can't print the PDFs?
Some older versions of Acrobat Reader will automatically set up your preferences to open PDFs online, which may cause you to receive an "Out of Memory" message. Or the program will not allow you to print the PDF maps. They may come up blank or stall your printer. You will need to change your preferences in Acrobat Reader to download the files.
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G. What if I am having other trouble with Acrobat Reader?
If you are having trouble with Acrobat Reader, please contact Adobe Acrobat Reader support. The link will bring you to their support page, which contains useful information on how to install and configure Acrobat Reader.
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H. How often are the maps updated?
Countries and regions of the world are monitored for border changes, new spellings, name changes, etc. When a change occurs anywhere in the world, the cartographers of make the updates and post the maps on Maps101, ensuring that our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date maps available. All of the maps are reviewed at least every two years by our editorial staff, even if no changes have occurred. If you see something that needs to be updated, let us know!
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I. Some interactive maps and games are not working.
If this is a problem, it could mean that you need to download or update your Flash Player. Click the link below for the latest version.
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J. How do I enable cookies?
Maps101 uses cookies to determine whether you are logged in. Adjust your browser settings so that cookies are turned ON, and make sure your browser accepts cookies.

To Turn Cookies On:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
  1. Go to settings by clicking on the gear icon in the toolbar
  2. Choose Internet Options
  3. Go to the Privacy tab and choose the Advanced button
  4. Make sure the box to override cookie handling is not checked
  5. Return to
Apple OS with Safari
  1. Go to Safari in Menu Bar
  2. Choose Preferences
  3. Click on Security on top of window and choose either:
    • Accept Cookies Always or
    • Accept Cookies only from sites you navigate to
  4. Close the Window
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Mozilla Firefox
  1. Go to Tools
  2. Choose Options
  3. Go to the Privacy tab and check the box next to "Accept cookies from sites"
  4. Press OK
  5. Return to

Mozilla Firefox
  1. Go to Settings (the three horizontal bars icon in the toolbar)
  2. From the menu that pops up, choose Settings
  3. Click at the bottom link that says "Show advanced settings..."
  4. Go to Privacy and click on the Content Settings... button
  5. Adjust the cookie settings
  6. Return to

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