The contents of this resource guide on cartographic materials on the Caucasus are divided into four broad categories: maps, atlases, general reference and bibliographic resources, and a few external websites.
Maps comprise the largest category, and they include both single maps and maps in sets. Entries are grouped by region, then by country, and then by administrative unit within the Russian Federation. Within each group may be subgroups for various subjects, i.e. administration, cities, ethnology, roads, etc. Individual entries for maps and map sets within groups and subgroups are arranged chronologically in ascending order, from earliest to latest. Each entry attempts to identify the item's title, place of publication, name(s) of its creator, publication date, scale, and filing location within the Geography and Map Division. There follows a brief description of the contents of each map or map set.
Atlases comprise a second category. They, too, are grouped by region, then country, and then by administrative unit within the Russian Federation. Within each group may be subgroups. Individual entries for atlases are arranged chronologically in ascending order, from earliest to latest. Entries include a link to the items bibliographic record in the Library of Congress online catalog.
General reference and bibliographic resources primarily consist of gazetteers, but also include a few historical dictionaries, published collections of documents and maps, and publications on the historical geography of the region. By and large those items are grouped by region and country, and arranged in ascending chronological order.
Finally, a few Internet-based resources and subscription electronic resources point researchers to modern gazetteers of the Caucasus.