Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology

How to Use This Guide

Welcome to this GIS Research Guide! Use tabs above for more information on the following topics:

Picture of Top of Books on Shelf ▪ Books: Use the Library Catalog to access books/eBooks and more
▪ Articles: Use Databases to access articles from periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) and more
▪ Websites: Find out where to go to get reliable info online
▪ Citation Help: Access info on citing sources and using NoodleTools
▪ Ask Us: Contact for more help



What is GIS?

GIS lets you map data and analyze it spatially.

GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS software allows you to view, understand, question, interpret, and maps data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts (definition from ).

Evaluating Sources

There's a lot of information out there, but not all of it is appropriate for your research. You'll need to evaluate what you find and an easy way to evaluate is with the TRAAP Test. TRAAP stands for Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Click on the PDF link below to learn more.