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Geographic Information Systems/Science

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.

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 get access to the software, send an email to the Evans Map Room.They will send you an invitation to join Dartmouth's MyEsri site. Once you accept the invitation, you will be able to download and install the software. Once installed, the software will ask you for the location of the license manager. Email the map room again and they will send you that address or an authorization file.

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.

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

Once you have downloaded the software, here are some instructions for installing it.

ArcMap is sunsetting (going away) in 2026. Considering transitioning to ArcGIS Pro now to become more comfortable with the Pro version.

Basic Instruction Manuals

Looking to get started with ArcGIS? I can recommend the books listed below. The authors update these books every couple of years. You can browse the physical stacks to see what other books are available to help you learn how to use the software effectively.

Looking to see what else we have for learning ArcGIS? Find more titles in the library's online catalog.