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Citing Maps and Geospatial Information

The following websites are excellent resources for citing maps and geospatial information:

Citing Geospatial Data Resources:  The University of Waterloo provides examples for citing different types of geospatial information.

Citing Statistics Canada Maps and Geospatial Products: Provides examples for citing Statistics Canada maps and geospatial products.

How to Cite Statistics Canada Products: Guide on how to cite Statistics Canada data.

Examples of Geospatial Data Resources Citations

Direct download of data (data has not been manipulated)

Database Title [format]. Place of publication: Publisher, date. Available: Name of site and URL (accessed date).
Example: AVHRR Land Cover Data, Canada [computer file]. Winnipeg, Manitoba : Manitoba Remote Sensing Centre, 1998. Available: GeoGratis: (accessed Jan 10, 2012).
Maps produced using GIS Software
Map Title [format]. Scale. Database names (for geography and data) [format]. Place of publication: Name of person who generated map, date. Using: Computer software name [type of software]. Version or edition. Software manufacturer location: Software manufacturer name, date of software release/copyright.
Example: Population Density in Greater Sudbury [map]. 1:20,000. Statistics Canada Census Subdivision Digital Boundary File [computer file] and Profile for Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2006 Census Catalogue No. 94-581-XCB2006001.ivt [computer file]. Sudbury, ON: Jane Doe, March 2012. Using ArcGIS [GIS software]. Version 10. Redlands, CA: Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc, 2011.