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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Guide

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 (in-person and via email)
  • In-class instruction
  • 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.

GIS Consults and Workshops

Make an appointment

Want to learn more about the different GIS tools we have available at Brandeis? Need help tracking down a geospatial data set or resource related to GIS? Contact our GIS & Social Sciences Librarian, Alex Willett (

Attend a workshop

Brandeis Library offers free workshops for members of the Brandeis community. We currently offer GIS workshops on the following tools: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, R and ggplot, and Social Explorer.

If you can't make it to one of our scheduled workshops, you can submit a request for an ArcGIS, Social Explorer, QGIS, or R 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.