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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Training

Information on using GIS and finding GIS data at vanderbilt.

GIS Training

Hands-on GIS software, GIS concepts, and census information trainings are available to Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff. GIS Services staff conduct occasional training for any member of the university community. To learn about upcoming training, sign up for our email list or follow Lindsey's Twitter accountYou can also find out about upcoming training through the University Calendar or the Scholarly Communication website.

Faculty can utilize the GIS Services staff to help plan and present GIS training and projects as part of a class; contact us to learn more about GIS in your class.

ESRI online training courses are also available to students, faculty, and staff. Contact the GIS office for keycodes to access most of the training courses at no charge.

You may want start by consulting the ESRI Training site to see all of the available courses, or by looking at the list of courses that are free through Vanderbilt.

Here are a few of our suggestions for getting started with GIS:

Books with GIS tutorials and training information are available at the library, as well. They can be found in the stacks at the Peabody Library. -- see the catalog for details.

  • Mastering ArcGIS, 5th ed.
  • The GIS 20 Essential Skills
  • GIS Tutorial 1: Basic workbook For ArcGIS 10
  • GIS Tutorial 3 : Advanced workbook For ArcGIS 10
  • GIS for Decision Support and Public Policy Making, 1st ed.
  • GIS Tutorial for Health, 3rd ed.
  • Designing Better Maps : A guide for GIS users, 1st ed.
  • Think Globally, Act Regionally : GIS and data visualization for social science and public policy research, 1st ed.
  • GIS Concepts and ArcGIS Methods, 1st ed.
  • Using Geographic Information Systems in Institutional Research
  • GIS in the Classroom : Using geographic information systems in social studies and environmental science
  • The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis
  • GIS Tutorial: Workbook for ArcView 9 : Updated for ArcGIS 9.2, 2nd ed.
  • Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop : Basics of ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo, 2nd ed., updated for ArcGIS 9

Courses in GIS are available on campus through the Anthropology and Engineering departments, as are several GIS labs and public workstations.