Maps, Geospatial Data & GIS

Welcome to Map & GIS Services
at the University of Toronto Map & Data Library!

We are home to a number of unique collections & services:

Geospatial Data

Maps & Atlases

Air Photos

GIS Software


Library Instruction

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Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

Date:  Wednesday March 25th,  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Gerstein Library, Instruction Lab

Presenters: Heather Cunningham & Carla Hagstrom 

Refreshments: Light snacks will be provided


A systematic review of literature (both peer-reviewed and grey) is essential when conducting evidence-based research, especially in the health and life sciences. Increasingly, more systematic reviews, scoping reviews or similar comprehensive searches of the literature are being conducted by graduate students and research teams.   This 2 part workshop will help with conducting comprehensive or systematic or scoping review literature searches.

Part 2: Adapting search strategies for different databases

In order to minimize bias and base your research on as much evidence as possible, you will have to search more than one journal article database for published literature. A search strategy often has to be revised for different databases to take advantage of the strengths and unique features of each.At this hands-on workshop you will learn:

·         How to create a search strategy using controlled vocabularies and/or keywords

·         How to plan and execute an effective search using different databases

·         Features of interfaces and databases which allow for editing and refining a search strategy

·         Use a citation management program to efficiently organize and share research literature

Note: This course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.

Students must attend both Part 1 and Part 2 of Strategies for systematic, scoping or other comprehensive searches of the literature to receive a GPS credit.

Questions? Contact Heather Cunningham

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Location: Gerstein Library

Learn how to safely operate the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers. You must complete this safety training session before you can use our 3D printers.


Date: Friday, March 27 2:10pm - 3:00pm

Location: MADLab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, 1 Below, room B112

Presenters: Erica Lenton, Gerstein Librarian & Mike Spears, MADLab Manager


What's Covered: 

- overview of 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab policies & guidelines for use

- instructions for safe & effective use of the 3D printers

- how to prepare a 3D design file for printing 

- basic design principles


Send your questions to or visit our website at

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Location: Robarts Library

Are you worried about studying for exams? Are you wondering how you will get everything done? Do you run out of time during exams or suffer from exam anxiety? 

Good exam preparation is the solution to these problems! Through group discussion and hands-on activities, you will learn the principles of effective exam preparation and leave with a plan to tackle your midterm exams. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their course schedule, course syllabi, and any day-timers or calendars they use to the workshop. 

Location: Blackburn Room, rm. 4036, Robarts Library, 130 St. George St. 

Date & Time: Tuesday March 31, 2015 4:30PM - 5:50PM 

Organizer: Susan Hopkirk, Academic Success Centre 

Registration is required. Register here.