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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Welcome to Brandeis Library's guide for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The tabs on the left side of the page are suggested starting points for your research.

Please reach out to me if you need help with your research, GIS software, finding data, basic map design, etc. My contact information is on the left side of the page, beneath the navigation. I am available for in-person and Zoom appointments with Brandeis students, faculty, and staff.

GIS Services Guidelines

Brandeis Library provides research and instructional support for students, faculty, and staff who're interested in integrating geographic information systems (GIS) software and geospatial data into their research.

How We Can Help 

  • We can assist you with issues you may experience in regard to finding, evaluating, and preparing data for use in GIS projects. 
  • We provide basic support for adding/creating, editing, symbolizing, analyzing, and presenting data in our supported software packages (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Google Earth, QGIS, R, Social Explorer, etc.)
  • We can help you interpret geospatial file types, extensions, and common error messages.
  • We can guide you toward documentation and other help resources if you need assistance conducting advanced or discipline-specific analyses in GIS.

Whom We Can Help 

Our GIS support services are limited to current Brandeis students, faculty, and staff.

Methods of Support

  • Individual and group consultations (via Zoom or email)
  • In-class instruction via Zoom
  • Topic or software-specific workshops (regularly scheduled and by request)

Types of Support Not Provided  

  • Solutions to GIS course assignments.
  • Conducting analyses and/or evaluating the accuracy of research methodologies used within researchers' GIS projects. We can provide general guidance with using GIS software, but it is the responsibility of individual researchers to construct and evaluate the methodologies used within their GIS projects.  

Content adapted from NYU Libraries GIS guide.

Brandeis Library GIS Workshops

Brandeis Library offers free workshops for members of the Brandeis community. We currently offer GIS workshops on ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Esri field apps, GeoDa, QGIS, R and ggplot, and Social Explorer.

If you can't make it to one of our scheduled workshops, Brandeis community members can:

  • Contact our GIS librarian to see if we have a recording of a past workshop that we can share with you.
  • Submit a request for a GIS workshop. We can tailor the workshop to your discipline(s) or teach a general workshop. We just ask that there are 3 or more people interested in attending the session.
  • Book a GIS appointment to discuss how GIS can be used to support your research.

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