Map It! 090717


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  • Welcome to this introductory session on how to locate maps that can enrich your research papers and your knowledge of the world
    This session will take about 20 minutes and there will be time for questions and practice at the end
  • Fade in each statement with a click
    Point out the list of topics covered by the National Atlas in the left hand navigation bar
    Click on ‘climate change’ and show the range of topics covered under this heading
    Reminder that the National Atlas can be found through the library catalogue and the online maps quick starts
  • Fade in each statement
    Click on ‘topographic’ and show the explanatory guide on the maps home page
    Click on ‘thematic maps’ to see a definition and a list of census maps as an example of thematic mapping
    Click on Ottawa-Hull under Census Metropolitan areas and then on ‘visible minorities’ – enlarge map for viewing using the + symbol at the top
    Point out the print and save options for this map
  • Click on ‘floor 2’ and point out the location of MPL (the location code used in the catalogue for sheet maps) and MPA and MPF the location codes for printed atlases
  • Point out the link to the Maps home page in the left hand column – click on it and advance to the next slide
  • Point out the information in each sector of the page and finish by clicking on ‘online maps’ to advance to the next slide
  • Click on the ‘online maps’ link to get to a live page
    Point out the quick starts section with links to some very good basic places to get maps
    Click on Perry Castaneda link and show the list of countries and historical maps and the link under Canada to the Carleton online search engine (under maps of Canada on other websites)
    Use the Google search box and do a search for ‘arctic’ ‘ice’ and ‘canada’
  • Fly in each statement slowly by clicking
    Emphasize that GIS mapping requires some expertise which can be obtained either by taking a course at Carleton or registering for an online introductory course (see the GIS pages for more information)
    Click on GIS web pages link and point out the list of data and the Virtual Campus information
    Click on library home page and point to the GIS link on that page
  • Click on ‘catalogued’ and search by keyword for “arctic ice” as a phrase and ‘canada’ using the location filter for maps and atlases
    Repeat this keyword search with just single words: arctic, ice, and canada and see how many more hits you get with a less specific search
    Look at “Annual arctic ice atlas” from the list and point out the call number and location codes (click on MPA to show floor plan where atlases are found), and the subject headings with –Maps. Click on the ‘online text’ link to show that this map is also online.
  • Map It! 090717

    2. 2. Basic introduction to maps  Whether it be a chart of outer space or a plan of a university campus, maps play an essential role in our everyday lives (NRCan)  For general information about mapping see the introductory guide from the Atlas of Canada
    3. 3. Why do I want to use maps?  Many topics have a spatial (place) or temporal (time) aspect that can be clearly shown with a map  Maps can make a visual point quickly  When doing research for subjects like history, biology, architecture, international politics and, of course, geography or environmental studies you may need to look at a map to understand the material you are studying  Topographic maps show features of the earth’s surface  Thematic maps show particular topics like geology, political boundaries or history to explain the context of spatial data
    4. 4. Maps at Carleton  The Carleton library has a wonderful collection of sheet maps and atlases covering the entire world (and outer space)  These are located in the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) located on floor 2 of the MacOdrum Library  Library Map Specialists can assist your research in many ways  As well, maps are widely available on the Internet and map images can be imported into your papers
    5. 5. Start from the Library’s home page
    6. 6. What’s on the Maps home page?
    7. 7. Use the Custom Google Search Engine to find Online Maps
    8. 8. Can I make a map?  There is special ESRI ArcGIS software that lets you create a map from spatial data but you do have to know how to use this software...  The library has an extensive collection of data and air photos for use with this software as well as access to Google Earth Pro and Statistics Canada mapping in the E- Stat database  If you want to know more, visit the GIS web pages
    9. 9. How can I find out what maps and atlases the library has?  All atlases are listed in the library’s online catalogue but…  Not all of our sheet maps are listed in the catalogue yet – mainly maps received from 2001 onwards and selected historical maps have been catalogued  If you are having trouble finding a map be sure to ask for help at the MADGIC information desk
    10. 10. So now that I’ve found my map, how do I cite it for my paper?
    11. 11. HELP!! I still can’t find what I need… Remember that the staff in MADGIC is there to help you. Come in for a visit, phone, or contact them online
    12. 12. Maps enrich our knowledge of the world  Thanks for your attention today  Please be sure to visit MADGIC to learn more about how you can use maps to enhance your general knowledge and your research