The following resources are available at the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University & many are on display in the MADGIC section for COMS2200 Big Data and Society

Books on critically reading maps, statistics and data:

Best, Joel (2013) Stat-Spotting: A field guide to identifying dubious data, University of California Press. HM535 .B477 2013

Best, Joel, (2004) More Damned Lies and Statistics, University of California Press. HM535 .B474 2004

Monmonier, Mark (1996) How to lie with maps, 2nd edition, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.  G108.7.M66 1996

The British Library (1989) What use is a map? London. GA190 .W48 1989


Books w/examples of infographics, visualization techniques, cartographic communication and storytelling with data (Carleton Library collection):

Abrams, Janet and Hall, Peter (eds.) (2005) Else/Where Mapping: New Cartographies of Networks and Territories, University of Minessota Press. GA139 .E48 2006

Balnaves, Mark; Donald, James and Helelryk Donald, Stephanie, (2001) The Penguin Atlas of Media and Information, Toronto: Penguin Books. G1046.P9 B29 2001

Barber, Peter and Harper, Tom. (2010) Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, London: The British Library. GA203 .B4 2010

Courrier International (2005) L’Atlas des Atlas: Frontieres Conflits Idéologies Prospectives UtopiesG1021 .A86 2005

Dobb, Claire (2012) London Underground Maps: Art, Design and Cartography, London: Lund Humphries. GA795.L6 D63 2012

Gauthier, Majella-J. (ed.) (1988) Cartographie dans les medias, Association canadienne de cartographie.

Harmon, Katharine (2004) You are here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, New York: Princeton Architectural Press. GA105.3 .H346 2003

Kidron, Michael and Smith, Dan (1983) The War Atlas: Armed Conflict-Armed Peace, New York: Simon & Schuster. G1046.R1 K462 1983

Peterson, Gretchen N. (2012) Cartographer’s Toolkit: Colors, Typography, Patterns, Fort Collins: PetersonGIS.GA108.7 .P47 2012

Smith, Dan, (1997) The State of War and Peace Atlas, New York: Penguin Books. G1046.R1 S54 2003

Smith, Dan, (2003) The Penguin Atlas of War and Peace, New York: Penguin Books. G1046.R1S54 1997


Infographic Picture Books:

Cook, Gareth (ed.) (2013) The Best American Infographics 2013 with Introduction by David Byrne, Boston: Mariner Books. T385 .B477 2013

Cook, Gareth (ed.) (2014) The Best American Infographics 2014 with Introduction by Nate Silver, Boston: Mariner Books.  T385 .B478 2014

Cook, Gareth (ed.) (2015) The Best American Infographics 2015 with Introduction by Maria Popova, Boston: Mariner Books. T385 .B4785 2015

Lima, Manuel (2011) Visual complexity : mapping patterns of information, New York : Princeton Architectural Press. Q223 .L55 2011

McCandless, David (2009) Information is Beautiful, London: Harper Colins. P93.5 .M327 2009

Rogers, Simon (2013) Facts are Sacred: Irreplaceable and Irresistible, London: Faber and Faber and the UK Guardian. PN4781 .R54 2013


Approaches, techniques and methodologies: to communicate with data, and about data visualization, data journalism, advertising, and scientific communication:

Bertin, Jacques (1981) Graphics and Graphic Information-Processing, New York: Walter de Brutter. QA90.B4713

Bertin, Jacques (1983) Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams and Networks Maps, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. QA90.B47513

Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob, (2001) Atlas of Cyberspace, Pearson Education Ltd.

Faigley, Lester; George, Diana; Palchik, Anna and Selfe, Cynthia (2004) Picturing Texts, New York: W.W. Norton & Company. P93.5 .P53 2004

Frankel, Felice C. and DePace, Angela (2012) Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers, Yale University Press. Q223 .F73 2012

Herdeg, Walter (1983) Graphis Diagrams, Zurich: Graphis Press Corp. QA90.G68 1983

Katz, Joel (2012) Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design, New Jersey: Wiley & Sons.

Kolster, Thomas (2012) Goodvertising: Creative Advertising that Cares, Thames & Hudson.

Kostelnick, Charles and Hassett, Michael (2003) Shaping Information: The Rhetorick of Visual Conventions, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Murgio, Matthew P. (1969) Communications Graphics, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.

Sherin, Aaris (2013) Design Elements: Using Images to Create Graphic Impact. Rockport Publisher.

Steele, Julie and Lliinsky, Noah (eds.) (2010) Beautiful Visualization, O’Reilly Media Inc.

Tufte, Edward R. (1983) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Cheshire: Graphic Press.

Tufte, Edward R. (1990) Envisioning Information, Cheshire: Graphic Press.

Tufte, Edward R. (1997) Visual Explanations, Cheshire: Graphic Press.

Tufte, Edward R. (2006) Beautiful Evidence, Cheshire: Graphic Press.

Wainer, Howard (2009) Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate and Control Uncertainty Through Graphical Display, Princeton University Press.

Welch, David (2013) Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, The British Library.

Wilber, Peter and Burke, Michael (1998) Information Graphics: Innovative Solutions in Contemporary Design, Thames and Hudson.

Wong, Dona M. (2010) The Wall Street Journal: The Guide to Information Graphics, The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts and Figures, New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


E-Books on how to communicate with data, about data visualization, data journalism, advertising, art and scientific communication.  These include approaches, techniques and methodologies with lots of examples:

Adamsmorioka (2008) Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design, Rockport Publishers.

Cairo, Alberto (2016) The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. New Riders.

Chen, Chun-houh, Härdle, Wolfgang; Unwin, Antony (2008) Handbook of data visualization, Springer Handbooks Comp.Statistics.

Chen, Chaomei, (2013) Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization, Springer.

Darley, Andrew (2000). Visual Digital Culture: Surface play and spectacle in new media genres. Taylor & Francis.

Gemignani, Zach; Gemignani, Chris; Galentino, Richard and Schuermann, Patrick (2014) Data Fluency: empowering your organization with effective data communication, John Wiley & Sons.

Glaser,Milton; Ilic, Mirko and Tony Kushner, (2006) The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, Rockport Publishers.

Hagen, Rebecca and Golombisky, Kim (2013) White Space is Not Your Enemy, 2nd Edition, Focal Press.

Hentschel, Klaus (2014) Visual Cultures in Science and Technology: A Comparative History, Oxford University Press.

Krum, Randy (2013) Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design, John Wiley & Sons.

Lankow, Jason; Ritchie; Josh and Crooks, Ross (2012) Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling, John Wiley & Sons.

Meirelles, Isabel (2013) Design for Information, Rockport Publishers.

Nussbaumer Knaflic, Cole (2015) Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals, New Jersey: Wiley.

Smiciklas, Mark (2012) The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect. QUE.

Society of Publication Designers (2013) 47th Publication Design Annual: The Best Magazine Design: Photography, Illustration, Infographics & Digital, Publisher: Rockport Publishers.

Stovall, James Glen, (2016) The complete editor, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Whitney, Hunter (2013) Data Insights: New Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.

Wilkinson, Leland (2005) The Grammar of Graphics, Springer.

Yau, Nathan (2011) Visualize This, John Wiley & Sons.

Yau, Nathan (2013) Data Points: Visualization that Means Something. Indianapolis: Wiley.


Selection of data visualization websites, blogs & videos:


Infographic & Visualization Tools: