Agenda: 3 Steps to effective research Case study resources Using maps as information sources
Step 1: Recommended readings Read the Text Book! Course reserves (e-reserves) = knowledge about key issues = focus on a topic = leads to other titles
Step 2: General resources Books from the Brock LibraryBrock Library International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (online) Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (online) = keywords = significant journal titles & authors
Step 3: Journal Articles Key databases:databases Scholars Portal Academic Search Premier CBCA Complete = academic research with focus = case studies in specific cities
Applying what you now know to a city case study… Explore the city official website for: –City Publications Calgary Municipal Development Plan Calgary Downtown Retail District Strategy Calgary Transportation Plan 2005 Sustainable Suburbs Study
Maps as information sources Urban issues are often associated with a geographical area within the city –Downtown area –Ethnic populations –Affluent housing –Low income families
Average income per census tract in Toronto Average Income Census tract
Statistical table of Toronto’s rich people Census maps show population clusters
Comparing two census variables
Gentrification issue The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle- class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.
Where to find census maps… Statistics Canada web siteStatistics Canada Map Library web page E-STAT online mapping toolE-STAT
My cottage Port Dalhousie: Smart growth controversial issue My Cottage Urban Futures Port Mansion Port Place proposal
GOOGLE EARTH! Source of aerial imagery Interactive map site > create custom maps Niagara Navigator web site
City street maps Waterfront land use
Recap 1.3 steps to researching your topic 2.Use City planning publications for your case study 3.Map sources: census maps; air photos; street maps … REFERENCE everything!