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Research Guides

Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

Project Description

The Scarborough Social Atlas Project

Supervisor: Ahmed Allahwala (Human Geography)

Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite Cities Atlas Trilogy, the Scarborough Social Atlas combines scholarly research and mapping practices in the creation of a new social cartography of Scarborough. In this multi-disciplinary project, each student will serve as the academic lead of a mapping project and bring their disciplinary expertise to the collaborative. Possible topics include indigeneity, migration, food, music, queer culture, religion, architecture, green spaces and non-human species. End-of-program deliverables include a map for each project and a curatorial essay. Students will receive training in archival and database research, mapping, and narrative research. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Gathering Research

A variety of traditional publications (e.g. scholarly journal articles) and primary sources (narratives, newspaper articles, archival materials) can be beneficial as you investigate your topics about Scarborough and begin to conceptualize a map and story using effective data visualization communication. 

Use the tabs on the "Research Resources" box below to find some key tools to get started. Your liaison librarian, Sarah Shujah (, and Paulina Rousseau ( can provide in-depth guidance on how to use these tools and build comprehensive search strategies to maximize your research efficiency. Also, you can connect with Tanis Franco ( our archivist for research help. 

Research Resources

Activity: Archival Research & Curiosities

Now that you have discussed how archival systems are organized in order to access relevant information, it's your turn to search for archival materials. 

For the next 15 minutes:

1. Pick an archival database from the list above or other.

2. Search your topic, and manage your citations for what you discover.


Based on what you discovered, what’s one question you now have about your topic or something you are curious to learn more about?  Share this in the group Jamboard

Activity Think-Pair-Share: Narratives of Inspiration using 5Ws Framework

To help us find narratives of inspiration, you will identify the facts of your topic using the 5W framework: who, what, where, and when of your topic so to determine questions of curiosities and research needs.  Considering these curiosities, you will also identify keywords to help you start searching in newspaper archive databases. 

Go to the Jamboard for this activity. 


  • What inspired you to study this topic? 

  • Why is this topic important? To you? For others to discover or learn from? Why care? 

  • What do you already know about your topic? 5Ws 


  • Turn to the person next to you and share 5 facts about your topic and what you want to find in the newspaper archive databases? If you are listening what’s a question you have for your peer? 

3. SHARE around 

  • What are your main concepts to help you find narratives of inspiration? 

  • What are your curious to search for in the newspaper archives? 


ARGis Storymaps Activity

Examples of ARCGis StoryMaps: 







  1. What was the story about? 

  1. What kind of elements were included?  

  2. Was it impactful, and why?

Digital Storytelling: Potential Impacts

  1. How can a personal narrative add depth to a collective history? 

  1. How can we take a role in documenting multiple perspectives on a local history or a local event? 

  1. How can students use digital storytelling to promote and serve a local community?