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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.

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature in GIS? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.

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Looking for data to use in ArcGIS software? Click here.

Looking for Remote Sensing? Click here.

Looking for maps? Click here.

Looking for Geography? Click here.


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  <>

What is Geographic Information Systems/Science

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.

What is GIS?

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.

There are also other opportunities around the country. Click here for more information.


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