A guide to mapping resources, including GIS (geographic information systems), at the UNT Libraries and on the Internet. The guide also provides links to geospatial and other data that can be downloaded and mapped.
Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS by Michael D. Kennedy
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
Learning to Think Spatially by Geography Committee; National Academies Press (Created by)
Publication Date: 2005-12-30
Why Geography Matters by Harm de Blij
Publication Date: 2012-08-17
Mapping the Nation by Esri
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Maps and GIS have applications in almost every field of study and industry - explore a few of the possibilities in this library guide!
This guide merely scratches the surface of mapping, GIS, and spatial analysis tools and information. Anyone interested in more in depth exploration should consider the Department of Geography & the Environment's GIS certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
In addition to what's in this guide, you can get started with self-paced, introductory lessons by clicking the map below. LinkedIn Learning also offers a number of GIS tutorials and lessons.
Definitions To Get You Started
Mapping is simply showing the association between data and geographic locations on a map.
Cartography is the science and art of making maps.
GIS, or geographic information systems, is a collection of software, data, and people that supports mapping, analysis and decision making.
Remote Sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from aircraft or satellites.
This dictionary decodes abbreviations and acronyms found in various publications including maps and websites. These abbreviations or acronyms, therefore, are not necessarily authoritative or standardized in format or content.
This dictionary is created and compiled by By Philip Hoehn (Librarian Emeritus, Earth Sciences & Map Library, UC Berkeley and Mary Lynette Larsgaard (Librarian Emeritus, Map & Imagery Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara Library)
Maps and GIS at the UNT Libraries
The UNT Libraries offer a wealth of map and data resources. In addition to print map collections, most of which are located at the Sycamore Library, the Government Information Connection hosts maps collections in the UNT Digital Library and the Portal to Texas History.
The primary GIS service at the UNT Libraries is to help you find and download data for your mapping project. The UNT Libraries also offers geospatial and other relevant data resources. The UNT Libraries provides access to ArcGIS on all student access PCs (more on this under the GIS Software tab).