This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.
There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.



UBC Library is hosting a first ever GIS day at Koerner Library on November 20.

The sessions include instructional hands-on tips as well as research-based presentations. For more information or to register visit the links below, or the GIS day website.


Time Session Title Location




Reading and Writing Landscapes through Maps 
Joseph Lee, MSc Candidate, Department of Geography
Maps show how we understand, quantify, and model our environment; It is the cumulative process of mapping and map making – data collection, filtering, aggregation, and abstraction – that make up cartography.  

Koerner 216






Mapping all the things with Google Maps, Google Fusion Tables & Google Earth 
Paul Lesack, Data/GIS Analyst, UBC Library
Find out how you can share geographically-based activities using Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables. 

Koerner 217



12pm-1pm Pizza Lunch for Registered Participants.  Koerner 216




Simple Mapping with Simply Map 
Tom Brittnacher, GIS Librarian, UBC Library
This session will provide a hands-on introduction to basic map creation and introduce you to other aspects of the software. 

Koerner 217





In the footsteps of giants – how GIS is being used to study and save African elephants 
Jake Wall, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography
Learn about the movement ecology of African elephants and how GIS can act as a powerful conservation tool. 

Koerner 216






ESRI ArcGIS Server and other tools 
Mark Norbury, Esri Canada 
Mark will provide an overview of Esri’s ArcGIS products, including ArcGIS Server and 3D CityEngine. 

Koerner 216



Using Data and GIS in Research

  • Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Type: Workshop
  • Series: Graduate Student Workshop Series
      Koerner Library Research Commons Series
      Humanities and Social Sciences Workshops
  • Location: RM216
  •  Koerner Building-Event Facilities & LabsClick here for map
  •  Point Grey Campus
  • Description: The session covers an overview of electronic statistical resources available to UBC researchers, both statistical databases and micro-level survey data for secondary analysis from Statistics Canada, academics, media outlets, and governments around the world. The session also includes a brief introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and how it can be applied to academic research. GIS is advanced software used for spatial data analysis and visualization.

Click here to register:

Census GIS is the topic for this month’s GIS Users Group meeting.  Tom Brittnacher, the GIS Librarian, will be talking about how to get census data and geographic boundaries out of SimplyMap and Abacus, and into GIS.

Wednesday, March 28
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Koerner Library, Level 2, Room 216

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