Primary Sources

“Primary Sources” in the sciences and engineering fields usually means data. Whether you need epidemiological information on a disease or a map of bridges in the GTA, we can help you find it.

Primary sources can also more generally refer to research. That would mean papers or books that describe research the author actually did, including most journal articles and lab reports.

York has a number of places other than the Steacie Library where you can go to get primary sources:

  • Statistics Canada is the official federal source of data on every possible topic from crime to industry.
  • Geospatial Data can be mashed up with official data to make a map of locations where BSE (Mad Cow) cases appeared in Canada.
  • Data & Statistics Guide can help you find other reliable sources of data around the web.
  • Maps are a crucial tool for disciplines like Biology, Civil Engineering, or Geology, but they can be applied to any topic.
  • Interlibrary Loan allows you to request books we don’t have at York from other universities across Canada for free!