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ECE297: Communication and Design - Written Document 1: Graphics Proposal

Finding GIS - Two Alternatives

Using Google

You will need to choose relevant search terms to begin your investigation. Below are three sample searches that you might make.

1. Using geographic information system

2. Using geographic information system usability speed

3a. Using geographic information system usability speed with date limits

3b. The result count for 3a.


Analysis of results

1. Using the search terms geographic information system yielded over 47,000,000 results. These results might provide a useful place to begin, and some of the top results certainly look relevant; however, you will have many choices to consider.

2. By including the search terms usability and speed we narrowed the search to 4,500,000. More importantly, the top results are now showing GIS applications, not so easily visible in our first search.

3a.  By using Tools, we can limit the time range of our search. Here, we have limited it to sources that have been dated between 2014 and 2017.

3b. This screenshot shows the reduced number of results from our time limited search. Most importantly, these results, all from the past three years, are more likely to be relevant to a current State of the Art Review. 


Using the U of T Library Catalogue

Using slightly different search terms, handbook geographic information, we ran a search using the U of T catalogue.

Analysis of results

This search, by title, in the U of T catalogue, directed us to survey handbooks. We can see that the third entry, Springer Handbook of Geographic Information, looks promising. We see, as well, that it is available as an eBook, making for easy access. If we open the eBook and view the Table of Contents, we will notice Part C Applications shows numerous uses for GIS. The high-level survey offered in this handbook may provide a better starting point than a Google search. Both, however, are valid.

Though the Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is available through Google, you will have to pay for it. If you try to access it through Google Scholar, only sample pages are available.

Can't Find What You're Looking For?

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