Referencing Maps Harvard Style Bibliography

Printed sheet map

Author(s) or Compiler(s) or Producer(s) name, initial(s).of map (year of publication). Title of map [map], Edition, sheet number, scale, Place of Publication: Publisher (Series).


Ordnance Survey (1882) Co. Dublin, Rathmines and Rathgar township, [map], sheet XXII.16,  5 feet to 1 mile, Dublin


Ordnance Survey Ireland (2005) Clare,Limerick,Tipperary [map], 2nd edition, sheet 65, 1:50,000, Dublin: Ordnance Survey Ireland (Discovery Series)


Gill, Valentine (1811) A new map of the county of Wexford, from actual survey [reproduction map]. 4 sheets, scale Irish miles: 54 miles 4 furlongs 34 perches 2 yards to a degree. London, V.Gill


Rocque, John (1756) An exact survey of the city and suburbs of Dublin [facsimile map]. 4 sheets, scale 200 feet to an inch, London, England: 1756. As reproduced by: Harry Margary, Lympe Castle, Kent, 1977.


Map printed from OSI e-commerce system:

Author/Cartographer/Producer Name (year of publication) Title of map [Location of map] [map], scale, [accessed date].


Ordnance Survey Ireland (2013) Urban/Rural PLACE map [Portmarnock, Co. Dublin] [map], scale 1:5,000, [Accessed 9 June 2014].


Electronic Map from Website:

Author(s) or Compiler(s) or Producer(s) name, initial(s). of map (year of publication) Title of map [map online], scale, available: web address [accessed date].


Ordnance Survey Ireland (2013) Limerick [map online], 1:25,000, available:,558481,656919,4,10 [accessed 08 Jul 2014].


Map printed from OSI MapGenie:

Basic Form of Citation: Author(s) or Compiler(s) or Producer(s) name, Product name [map online], Scale, Title, Date of Publication, Available: OSI MapGenie Service, Date downloaded.

Note on Product Name:  Use the Projection and Name listed in the table MapGenie Mapping Series, e.g. IG Basemap Premium
Note on Scale:  Give the scale that the map was exported / printed at.
Note on Title:  If no title exists create a short one and put square brackets around it.
Note on Date:  If you have several maps published in different years then give the dates of the earliest and latest maps, e.g. 1898-1924

Sample Citation:

Ordnance Survey Ireland, ITM Historic Map 6 inch B&W [map online], Scale 1:6,000, [Arklow], Published 1907, Available: OSI MapGenie Service, [Accessed 06 May 2014].



Acknowledgement for maps from sheet collections or MapGenie

Includes data reproduced courtesy of Ordnance Survey Ireland


Acknowledgement for maps from e-commerce

Includes Ordnance Survey Ireland data reproduced under OSi Licence number xxxx.

(see details here about obtaining the OSi licence number:


Hamburg - Schleswick-Holstein:SHELL Road Map                              Hamburg - Schleswick-Holstein-Unterelbe: SHELL Road Map                                               



Printed Map

In-text citation should include, Name of the Map maker/editor, Year of publication or issue.

Reference List should include, Map producer(s) or compiler(s) Name Year of publication Title of map. format, edition, scale, series name or number, Publisher, Place of Publication. 


Shell Company produced street maps in 1930s in Germany... (Shell Georg Wastermann 1934/35)

Reference list:

Shell Georg Wastermann 1934/35, Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein, map, scale 1-4700, Shell-Strassenkarten No.1, [Rhenania-Ossage],  Germany.

NOTE: when information is not provided in the document use square brackets [ ] for the assumed date or place of publication, 

Atlas (with editor)

In-text citation should contain, Name of the Map maker/editor  Year of publication or issue.

.....the position of the new city is to be north of Melbourne (ed. Eales 2003, Map 36).

Reference List should contain, Map maker/editor, Year of publication. Title of map. Edition, Publisher, Place of publication.

Reference list:
Eales, S (ed.) 2003, The Jacaranda atlas, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane.

Atlas (with no editor)

In-text citation should contain, Title of the map, Year of publication or issue, map number.In-text:
...the position of the new city is to be north of Melbourne (The Jacaranda Atlas 2003, Map 36).


 Reference List should contain,Title of the map, Year of publication or issue, Edition, Publisher, Place of Publication.

Reference list:
...The Jacaranda atlas 2003, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane.

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