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Geographic Information Systems/Science: ArcGIS Software

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, History, Biological Sciences and Economics.


This page highlights ArcGIS and other GIS software you can buy. If you are looking for Open Source software, click here.

Getting ArcGIS Software

The College has a site license for all levels of  ArcGIS from Esri. The software only runs on a PC with Windows. There are several options available for getting the software. Use of the software is limited to current students, staff and faculty at Dartmouth College installing ArcGIS software on college computers. To download the software, you can create a MyEsri account with your Dartmouth username and password. Once you ask for an invitation and it is accepted, you will be able to download and install the software. However, you will need the address of the ArcGIS license manager to make the software work. You can get that information from the Evans Map Room.

There is also a Student Edition of the software available. This edition is good for 1 year after installation. You would need to get the software and an authorization code from the Evans Map Room.

With our site license for ArcGIS, we have access to a variety of online tutorials and workshops which can help you better use the software. There is a Training tab in your MyEsri account. You no longer need access codes for training.

For more information, please email the Evans Map Room in Baker/Berry Library.

At this time, ArcGIS is available for use only by current Dartmouth students, staff and faculty. If you want a lighter version of the software you can use at home on your own personal computer, see the link below for the ArcGIS for Home Program.

Downloading Esri software

Other GIS Software

There are other GIS software available for purchase. You may have used or know one of the items in the list below or another GIS software title.

    MapLand is an add-on to MS Excel. This add-on allow you to map data held in a spreadsheet. It is not a GIS, but a mapping software.