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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 worldThis session will take about 20 minutes and there will be time for questions and practice at the end
  • Fade in each statement with a clickPoint out the list of topics covered by the National Atlas in the left hand navigation barClick on ‘climate change’ and show the range of topics covered under this headingReminder that the National Atlas can be found through the library catalogue and the online maps quick starts
  • Fade in each statementClick on ‘topographic’ and show the explanatory guide on the maps home pageClick on ‘thematic maps’ to see a definition and a list of census maps as an example of thematic mappingClick on Ottawa-Hull under Census Metropolitan areas and then on ‘visible minorities’ – enlarge map for viewing using the + symbol at the topPoint 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 pagePoint out the quick starts section with links to some very good basic places to get mapsClick 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 clickingEmphasize 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 informationClick 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 atlasesRepeat this keyword search with just single words: arctic, ice, and canada and see how many more hits you get with a less specific searchLook 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.

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  • Map it!
  • 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
    Basic introduction to 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
    Why do I want to use maps?
  • 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
    Maps at Carleton
  • Start from the Library’s home page
  • What’s on the Maps home page?
  • Use the Custom Google Search Engine to find Online Maps
  • There is special ESRI ArcGIS softwarethat 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
    Can I make a map?
  • 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
    How can I find out what maps and atlases the library has?
  • So now that I’ve found my map, how do I cite it for my paper?
  • Remember that the staff in MADGIC is there to help you.
    Come in for a visit, phone, or contact them online
    HELP!! I still can’t find what I need…
  • 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
    Maps enrich our knowledge of the world