Help & Resources

Citing Maps & Geospatial Data

Geospatial Data in the Scholars GeoPortal derives from several different sources. The sources or “Organization Name” are indicated for each layer when you click on the “Details” tab for that layer, generally under “Resource Identification Information”.

One dynamically generated map in the Scholars GeoPortal may have many sources. Trying to compose a single citation statement for such a map would be a complex and ultimately confusing task both for author and reader. The Teaching and Learning Working Group recommends that users create single citation statements for each layer that is used when making a map or generating data from the GeoPortal.

Citation Format:

Name of Data Producer. Title of Geospatial Product [format]. Date of data, if known. Name of person who generated map; Name of interactive site used to generate map; URL (generated date).


Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Southwestern Ontario Orthophotography Project (SWOOP) 2006. Generated by Jane Doe; using Scholars GeoPortal; (December 1, 2011).

DMTI Spatial. CanMap RouteLogistics-Land Use (LUR). 2010. Generated by John Doe; using Scholars GeoPortal; (December 1, 2011).

Statistics Canada. 2006 Census Designated Place – Cartographic Boundary File. 2006. Generated by Jane Doe; using Scholars GeoPortal; (December 1, 2011).

Natural Resources Canada. Flood Disasters in Canada. 2002. Generated by John Doe; using Scholars GeoPortal; (December 1, 2011).

Data Citation Guides

Using GIS Software

Other Scholars Portal Data Resources

<odesi>: <odesi> is a web-based data exploration, extraction, and analysis tool. It lets you search for survey questions (variables) across thousands of datasets held in a growing number of collections, and supports basic tabulation and analysis online. It also allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis. Statistics Canada’s public-use survey data forms the core of <odesi>’s social survey data holdings, but we are expanding its survey data to include other national and international data sources. Key polling data collections include the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA), Canadian Gallup, and Ipsos Reid.

Dataverse: The Scholars Portal Dataverse network is a repository for research data collected by individuals and organizations associated with subscribing Canadian universities. The Dataverse platform allows researchers to deposit data, create appropriate metadata, and version documents. Access to data and supporting documentation can be controlled down to the file level, and researchers can choose to make content available publicly, only to select individuals, or to keep it completely locked.

Other Geospatial Data Sources

Help Resources

Need more help?

For problems using the GeoPortal, email technical support.

Contact a person at your home institution from the list below for assistance with the GeoPortal, GIS, and data use.

Brock University:

Carleton University:

Lakehead University: Linda Mitchell or Debra Gold

Laurentian University: Tomasz Mrozewski

McMaster University: Jason Brodeur

Nipissing University: Tom Power

Queen’s University: Francine Berish

Toronto Metropolitan University:

Trent University: Barbara Znamirowski or

University of Guelph: Jenny Marvin or

University of Ottawa: Sarah Simpkin or

University of Toronto: Marcel Fortin

University of Toronto Mississauga: Andrew Nicholson

University of Waterloo: Eva Dodsworth

University of Windsor:

Western University: Liz Sutherland or

Wilfrid Laurier University: Peter Genzinger

York University: Rosa Orlandini


This guide was initially created by the Scholars GeoPortal Teaching & Learning Working Group, which operated from 2009-2012 and whose members included:

  • Colleen Beard, Brock (Chair)
  • Andrew Nicholson, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Susan Greaves, Queen’s
  • Eva Dodsworth, Waterloo
  • Pam Schaus, Laurier
  • Cheryl Woods, Western
  • Leanne Hindmarch, Scholars Portal
  • Jenny Marvin, Guelph

Ongoing maintenance and additional content contributed by Ontario university libraries and Scholars Portal.
This version of the guide was created by Kaitlin Newson.