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ArcGIS StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps logo.
ArcGIS StoryMaps is an online digital storytelling platform that can be used for individual and group digital projects. The StoryMaps builder provides an intuitive interface for users to integrate narrative content, interactive maps, and audiovisual material into a digital storytelling project. StoryMaps can be used on its own or with content created in other ArcGIS products.

Process

Our institutional subscription to ArcGIS StoryMaps can be accessed via Brandeis ArcGIS Online or the ArcGIS StoryMaps public website

via Brandeis ArcGIS Online

  1. Go to Brandeis ArcGIS Online.

  2. Click the Brandeis University login option. You will be directed to Brandeis login page where you can sign in with your Brandeis credentials.
    Brandeis ArcGIS Online Sign-in Page.

  3. Then, on the Brandeis ArcGIS Online homepage, click the App launcher menu Apps menu launcher. to view a list of Esri apps. Scroll down the list and click StoryMaps to launch the software in a new browser tab.
    StoryMaps logo.

via ArcGIS StoryMaps Public Site

  1. Go to ArcGIS StoryMaps site.
  2. Sign in using the Your ArcGIS organization's URL option. Type brandeis into the text box, then click Continue. You will be redirected to the Brandeis login page, where you can sign into StoryMaps using your Brandeis credentials.
    (Important: You can't sign into your Brandeis StoryMaps account with the general ArcGIS login. You have to use the Your ArcGIS organization's URL sign-in option).
    Sign in with Your ArcGIS Organization's URL

Create a New Story Map

The ArcGIS StoryMaps homepage consists of three main sections: Stories, Collections, and Themes. If you want to create a new story map, make sure you're on the Stories section.
StoryMaps homepage menu.

Click the + New Story button to launch the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder. You can create a story from scratch or use the quick start options to add a map tour, guided tour, or sidecar content block to your story map. If you're not sure what option to use, we recommend that you select Start from scratch.
Start from Scratch.

Add a Content Block

StoryMaps content (e.g., text, images, maps, etc.) are added as individual content blocks. You can add your initial content block in the StoryMaps Builder by clicking the Add Content Block (+) icon next to "Tell your story..."

Add content block.

Subsequent content blocks can be added to your story map by clicking the Add content block (+) icon. You can add content before, after, and in-between existing content blocks. You can also drag-and-drop most content blocks if you want to reorder the placement of items throughout your story.

Design an Effective Story Map

ArcGIS StoryMaps examples

Are you looking for some ideas for how to present content in ArcGIS StoryMaps? Check out some of these story maps and the variety of design methods that the authors used in their projects. You can view story maps created by Brandeis students in our Brandeis ArcGIS Online homepage gallery (Brandeis login required).

Practice Adding Content


Additional guidance for adding and customizing Story Maps content is provided on subsequent pages of this guide.

Cite StoryMaps Content