Map it! ADDING VISUAL CONTENT TO YOUR RESEARCH GRABS THE EYE…
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