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Getting Started with GIS at Branner Library

General Guidelines | Equipment | GIS Tutorials | Datasets | Email Lists

General Guidelines
  • You may use any GIS computer by logging on with the "GIS" account and password.  You must obtain this password from library GIS Staff.
  • Log off before you leave (ctrl+alt+del). Never turn off the machines.
  • You may reserve a computer for 3 hrs at a time. Sign up sheets are available beside each computer.
  • Store your projects on the P drive in a folder named after yourself, and always remember to back up your work! Delete your folder when you are finished.
  • GIS base map data are available through our AFS space. Directions to access these data are here. Anything saved on C drive may be deleted.
  • GIS machines are for GIS related work only.

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4 GIS Machines


  • It is a good idea to do your own backups.
  • Each machine has a Rewritable CD/DVD ROM burner and 2 USB ports.

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GIS Tutorials

All GIS users must complete a tutorial before receiving additional assistance from GIS staff.

ArcView 3.x
Complete either the GIS tutorial book called "Getting to know ArcView" or the introduction to ArcView 3.x class on ESRI's Virtual Campus.

There is a GIS tutorial called "Getting to know ArcGIS" at the GIS workstations. Complete the exercises in the Getting to Know ArcGIS book by using the exercise data on the GIS machines, or by checking out a copy with a data CD-ROM. It is a good idea to complete the first 13 chapters to familiarize yourself with the ArcGIS program before beginning your project. Alternatively, you can take introductory courses in ArcGIS through ESRI's Virtual Campus.

Many Websites with GIS instruction can be reached from our Learning GIS page.

After you are familiar with the basics of GIS, make an appointment for a GIS consultation with our GIS Staff.

If would like to have a class utilize Branner GIS resources, please designate a TA to receive instruction from Branner GIS consultants. The TA will then be responsible for assisting the students in the class with their GIS projects.

GIS Manuals
Branner Library has several GIS software manuals available at the GIS workstations. Additional software manuals and GIS texts are available for borrowing. Call numbers can be found by searching Socrates.

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Last modified: March 21, 2006

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