How to Cite Google Maps? (2020)

How to Cite Google Maps? (2020)

Google Maps has become an application we cannot give up. It is one of the most used applications today. If you don’t know how to go somewhere, Google Maps is your savior. Sometimes it does not have to be somewhere you don’t know the way, we use it to facilitate our journey. We even started to use it in our studies as well. That is why people ask how to cite Google Maps.

Google Maps is a very useful application. It swiped almost all other navigation applications, especially the ones before smartphones. Its smart operating system helps people a lot in their daily life, such as mentioning the amount of traffic and the estimated arrival time.

Google Maps has become a tool for scientific studies as well. The information it has provides the necessary results for scientific studies. It does not have to be the information either, sometimes Google Maps is a mediator, rather than a tool.

For example, you might want to cite Google Maps for a historical project while talking about some ruins that are related to your search. 

These were some examples of the reasons to cite Google Maps. There may be many reasons to cite Google Maps as well. 

We are going to touch upon the two most used academic writing formats. APA and MLA.

Academic Writing Formats

There are several formats for academic writing. However, the most used ones are APA and MLA. Most of the students meet these academic writing formats at university. What universities accept as an academic writing format differs. Some accept APA, some accept MLA. 

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Now let’s take a look at how to cite Google Maps in both of them.

Cite Google Maps in APA

Cite Google Maps in APA

APA stands for the American Psychology Association. It is mostly used to write scientific papers. This format is used by many of the Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences studies. You can use APA format to cite almost anything. 

Always follow the structure completely when citing in APA format because it shouldn’t even include one mistake. This format contains two types of citations. In-text citations and references. In-text citations are shorter and they are written inside the text. As you can guess from the name references are written in the References part of the study.

Let’s have a look at how to cite Google Maps on the references paper in APA:

Google. (n.d.). [Title of the map]. Retrieved Month day, year, from URL

Example:

Google. (n.d.). [Google Maps directions for driving from Boston, Massachusetts, to New York City, New York]. Retrieved February 27, 2020, from https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Boston,+MA,+USA/New+York/@40.9903081,-74.4966172,7.01z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89e3652d0d3d311b:0x787cbf240162e8a0!2m2!1d-71.0588801!2d42.3600825!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c24fa5d33f083b:0xc80b8f06e177fe62!2m2!1d-74.0059728!2d40.7127753!3e0

In-text citations are easier, here is how to do it:

(Google, n.d.)

That is about it.

Cite Google Maps in MLA

Cite Google Maps in MLA

MLA stands for Modern Language Association. The organization developed the MLA format to be used by researchers, scholars, and students. The format was used mostly in language and literature areas, yet, it is being used for all kinds of academic research. 

It has a different structure than APA. Just like in APA, you have to follow the structure without a mistake to successfully cite anything. 

There are two types of citations in MLA as well. In-text citations and references. Let’s take a look at how to cite Google Maps on the references paper in MLA format:

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Title of the map, Google Maps, year, root URL from the website.

Example:

Directions for driving from Boston, Massachusetts to New York City, New York, Google Maps, 2020, maps.google.com

For in-text citations, write a shortened title or description. The in-text citations are based on the first element listed in your entry.

Example:

(‘Directions for Driving’)

That is about it. 

FAQs

Is Google Maps copyrighted?

Yes, Google Maps and all of Google’s branded features are copyrighted. You may need to get a permission to include Google Maps depending on how are you going to use it in your work.

Can I use a screenshot of Google Maps on my research?

You can use screenshots of Google Maps without violating their terms of services. You can find more detailed information about Google’s Permissions from https://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines/

Can you use Google Maps for commercial purposes?

If you want to use Google Maps, Google Earth, or Google Street View for commercial purposes, be sure not to change anything on the look of the products or anything at all. You can find a more detailed description on https://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines/

Conclusion

We have covered ‘how to cite Google Maps.’ It is an unavoidable part of our lives. It even gets in our academic studies as well. That is why it is important to know how to cite it. We have mentioned how to cite the Maps in APA and MLA formats.

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