The Maps, Data and Government
MADGIC Information Centre
Let our information specialists guide you to the best resources
■ Maps and atlases ■ Numeric survey data and public opinion surveys
■ GIS mapping data ■ Statistics, including Statistics Canada
■ Air photos ■ Government reports from around the world
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10 Tips to enrich your research and papers using primary sources
1.Search efficiently 6.Get the latest government information
Use LOCATION to limit your search for Get access to topical, high level government
specific types of material. For maps and information – legislation, debates, statistics,
atlases, check the library catalogue using and commissions of inquiry. To keep an eye
your subject keyword AND ‘maps’ and on world events check “In the News…” whose
LIMIT the search to the “MAPS AND ATLASES” topical themes are drawn from current events
location. To find government publications with selected links to official sources and
quickly, LIMIT your search to “GOVERNMENT news backgrounders www.library.carleton.
If you find a “Connect to Web Resource” box 7.Use international organizations for
above the call number in a catalogue record, comparisons
click on the link for an online text of the The extensive publications of the United
publication. Nations, the European Union, SourceOECD
(the online collection of the Organisation for
2.Visualize your information Economic Co-operation and Development)
Find topographic and thematic maps in the and the World Bank’s E-Library are great
sheet map and atlas collection to include resources for international comparisons and
in your paper. Borrow a map to support in- reports on issues of worldwide interest like
class presentations. Look for Ottawa area air SARS.
photos in print and digital formats at www.
library.carleton.ca/madgic/maps/airphotos. 8.History is found here
html. Locate downloadable maps on the Web We have a large collection of historical
from our Online Maps page www.library. atlases, 19th century U.S. and British
carleton.ca/madgic/maps/onlinemaps.html government reports online, Canadian census
reports from 1871, Canada-U.S. boundary
3.Explore the world with GIS maps and reports, collected documents on the
GIS combines maps and data to put the origins of the world wars, British and Foreign
world’s geographic information and statistics State Papers from 1812-1968, and more...
at your fingertips. Locate the library’s GIS
data, digital air photos and tips on using GIS 9.Save time!
software on the GIS web page: www.library. Use Subject and Course Web guides to
carleton.ca/madgic/maps/gisweb/index.htm navigate the Web efficiently. Expert staff
selected high value links for a wide range
4.Use data to beef up your paper of topics such as Biodiversity, Employment
The Data Centre collects Statistics Canada Statistics, the European Union, Canadian
survey data and public opinion polling Census Guide, National Security and
data. These surveys cover economic, social, Terrorism, and International Organizations.
financial, educational, tourism and industrial See the full list at www.library.carleton.ca/
themes. Chart your data for a bigger impact. subjects/index.html
Our Data Centre staff can help you make
the best use of data resources. Find full 10.Cite your resources properly
descriptions of data files at www.library. Government publications www.library.
5.Find statistics on (almost) anything onlinemaps/topics.html#citing Numeric data
Access Statistics Canada statistics as well files www.library.carleton.ca/ssdata/faq.
as the CANSIM and E-STAT databases html#9 GIS files www.library.carleton.ca/
for free. Never pay for statistics without madgic/maps/gisweb/examples.htm
first checking with MADGIC. You also have
access to statistical databases like World
Development Indicators, STAT-USA, and
Global Development Finance. Find worldwide
statistics on the Web at www.library.carleton.
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