What are DOGSTAILS?
The tools we use to map: date, orientation, grid, scale, title, author, index, legend, and situation — or DOGSTAILS, for short!



Date
ptolemy.jpg
Ptolemy's map of the World - 2nd Century

When was the map made?
Is it still reliable?
Orientation
compass.jpg
What are the principal directions shown? How are they shown?
Grid
longlat.jpg
What kind of grid system is used?
(Longitude/Latitude or Coordinates)
Scale
scale.gif
Texas (not actual size)

Is there a map scale? What are the dimensions?
Title
md_map_1700s
What is the title of the map?
What is the time and place of the map?
Author

See Above

Who made the map? What is your source?
Index
dubai_index.jpg
Is there an alphabetical listing of places and a grid?
Legend
ChisholmPark_Map_Legend2.gif
Does the map have a legend that explains the map symbols?
Situation
denver_office_map_inset.jpg
Does the map show this location in relation to other places?
Example - map inset