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Geographic Information Systems/Science: A Research Guide: The Basics

This is a library resource guide for GIS. There are several departments on campus which use GIS. They include but are not limited to Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Biological Sciences and Economics.

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Introduction

A Dictionary of Geography defines a Geographic Information System (GIS) as an integrated, spatial, data-handling programmes which will collect, store, and retrieve spatial data from the real world. They are powerful tools in decision-making, as they can incorporate coordinated data. GIS only contain selected data—the properties which investigators have considered relevant—so that many variables will not be fed into the systems. Miller ( 2007 Geog. Compass 1, 3) calls for a people-based GIS, built on classic time geography, calculating entities and relationships between transport networks, at high resolution and in virtual space. See C. P. Lo and A. Yeung ( 2007 ) on GIS and spatial problem-solving.
"geographic information systems"   A Dictionary of Geography. Susan Mayhew. Oxford University Press 2009 Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Dartmouth College.  2 December 2011  <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t15.e1356>

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Alert Service

Alert Services let you get Table of Contents (TOC) from many different journal titles without having to search each one individually. If we have a subscription, you can also get the full text of an article.

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Summer Programs at ESRI

ESRI offers 2 summer programs for interested undergraduate and graduate students. Click here for more information. The deadline is usually mid-March.

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