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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This guide provides an overview of spatial data sources, mapping tools, GIS training resources, and books related to GIS.

GIS & Social Sciences Librarian

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Alex Willett

What is GIS?

GIS Services Guidelines

Brandeis Library provides research and instructional support for students, faculty, and staff who're interested in integrating 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, Esri Story Maps, Google Earth, 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.