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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

General information about GIS resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GIS for Research General Information

Looking to enrich your research with GIS or need to refresh your GIS software skills? Kick start (or restart) your understanding of essential GIS concepts through the GIS for Research workshop series. The series is designed to quickly take researchers from GIS novice to GIS ninja…well, almost.

Each workshop is two hours and offered twice a semester. With an emphasis on spatial thinking, understanding geospatial data, and best practices for data organization, students will learn how to efficiently start using GIS and avoid common pitfalls.

The workshops cover essential cartographic concepts and common geoprocessing analyses. Each workshop builds off the previous workshop, but is designed to also be standalone if participants have some experience with ArcGIS. All the workshops include hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Desktop software, and exercises are available for both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.

If you are looking for the Sharing Research Using Story Maps Workshop materials, they can be found in this Library Guide.

GIS for Research Pre-Workshop Checklist

 Experience navigating and renaming files and folders on a Windows computer

 Basic understanding of downloading, unzipping, and moving Windows computer files and folders

 Searching the internet using a search engine like Google, Yahoo!, or Bing.

Note: GIS for Research is taught using ArcGIS Desktop which is only available on Windows computers. If you intend to working with ArcGIS outside of the workshop you will need a Windows computer or a computer running a Windows operating system.

How to Unzip Files using Windows and 7zip

Extracting a file using the Windows "Extract All..." feature:Note: This GIF demonstrates Step 3, sections D - E of GIS for Research I.

Extracting a file using 7zip:Note: This GIF also demonstrates Step 3, sections D - E of GIS for Research I.