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GIS - Geographic Information Systems

A topic guide with resources providing information, instruction and inspiration for GIS users

What is GIS?

GIS refers to Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a framework to gather, manage, and analyze spatial data. Using maps and 3-D models, it enables one to visualize data and to study various patterns connected to information about particular places on the earth. It is a rapidly developing field connected to the geosciences, computer science, and many other areas of study.  

Getting Started With ArcGIS

Obtaining an ArcGIS Account at WSU

In order to work with ArcGIS on the WSU campus, please email Shadi Tafaroji at Shadi Tafaroji will provide your own WSU ArcGIS account, which is important to access all of the ArcGIS resources available here, including training resources and ways of sharing your work with the WSU campus community. 

ArcGIS Online

Found at, ArcGIS Online is a powerful cloud-based software that connects people, data, and maps using interactive maps. It is a good place to start if one wants to use the ArcGIS products created by ESRI. After obtaining an ArcGIS account (see above), it is good to login to the organization "Wichitastate." This ensures that you can access the available resources for using ArcGIS. ArcGIS Online of course is available anywhere you are, even off campus, but it is still good to login with your WSU ArcGIS account. 

ArcGIS Online Resources

ESRI provides many helpful online resources for using ArcGIS Online:


Where can I use GIS in the Library?

ArcGIS is available on Windows computers in Ablah Library. Check the University Libraries Software List below for version and computer locations.

Getting Access to GIS on Your Personal Computer

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