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GIS at UCD and on the Web: Citing / Referencing

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Citing / Referencing

Below are some citation examples from Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide

NOTE:  It may be the case that the geospatial data does not have a formal title, in instances like this, an accurate, brief title giving area and subject (if any) is formulated and put in brackets [ ] to show it is not a direct transcription from the item.

Real time map from a website:

(these are maps which utilise streaming data that is either constantly changing or changing on the basis of a defined interval)

Citation Style: Author. Map title. Date produced and time if known. Scale or resolution. "Title of complete document or site". <URL>

Example: IR Satellite Cloud Temperature. January 2, 2009, 15:36:20. Scale not given. " Map Room". <>

Geospatial data:

Citation Style: Author. Title [format]. Edition. Place of production: Producer, Date of copyright or production.

Example: U.S. Bureau of the Census. TIGER/Line Redistricting Census 2000 on DVD. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 2001.

Static map from a website: 

Citation Style: Author. Map title. [format]. Scale. "Title of website" <URL> (date accessed).


Example: Sanborn Map Company. Insurance maps of Frankfort, Franklin Co., Kentucky, Sept 1907. Scale 1:600. "David Rumsey Map Collection". < June 20, 2020)

Example: Fraser's Map of the County of Wicklow, including the Environs of the City of Dublin. Scale not given."UCD Digital Library". <> (Accessed January 16, 2014)


     Guide to Citations on Maps and Atlases (McMaster University)





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