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Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

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

Project Description

Mapping Evictions in Ontario

Supervisor: Julie Mah (Human Geography)

To better understand the prevalence and geography of evictions in Ontario, this project will involve the creation of a unique database. This database will form the foundation for future work that examines these research questions: Where are evictions occurring? Are they concentrated in gentrifying areas? Who is evicting more? All of these questions carry important policy implications. Student RAs will help with inputting and cleaning the eviction filings database in preparation for mapping and linking to other datasets. Students should be familiar with Microsoft Excel, though RAs will receive training on creating Excel pivot tables, data manipulation, and geocoding.

Gathering Research

A variety of traditional publications (e.g. scholarly journal articles) and data cleaning (tools, tutorials, mapping) can be beneficial as you investigate your topics about evictions in Ontario. 

Use the tabs on the "Research Resources" box below to find some key tools to get started. Your liaison librarian, Sarah Shujah ( can provide in-depth guidance on how to use these tools and build comprehensive search strategies to maximize your research efficiency.

Research Resources

Housing Books