Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:


Spatial Analysis Tools - ArcGIS

These materials have been prepared as part of the R25 Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Grant (PI: Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Award Number: 5R25 HD057002-02.

The links included below are intended as useful starting points for interested users. We make no claims for comprehensive coverage.

If you have suggestions to include on this site please send them to Stephen Matthews.



ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS software products that offer a standards-based platform for spatial analysis, data management, and mapping. 

For an overview of ArcGIS and various products, visit:

For information on ArcGIS Server 9.3.1, see - whats_new_931.htm 



For additional documentation for ArcGIS, visit

For general help with ArcGIS software, visit 



Featured Books ESRI

Booth, Bob. ArcGIS 9. Geodatabase Workbook. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004. 

Crosier, Scott. ArcGIS 9. Getting Started with ArcGIS. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004. 

Crosier, Scott. ArcGIS 9. Geocoding in ArcGIS. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004. 

Environmental Systems Research Institute (Redlands, Calif.). Using ArcGIS Desktop. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2006. 

Environmental Systems Research Institute (Redlands, Calif.). ArcGIS 9. Understanding Map Projections. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004. 

Gorr, Wilpen L., and Kristen Seamens Kurland.  GIS Tutorial Updated for ArcGIS 9.3: Workbook for ArcView 9 Third Edition. Redlands, Calif: ESRI Press, 2008. 

Kurland, Kristen Seamens, and Wilpen L. Gorr.  GIS Tutorial for Health Third Edition. Redlands, Calif: ESRI Press, 2006. 

McCoy, Jill. ArcGIS 9. Geoprocessing in ArcGIS. Redlands, CA: ESRI, 2004. 

Mitchell, Andy.  The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 1.
The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2. Redlands, Calif: ESRI Press, 2005. 

Price, Maribeth Hughett. Mastering ArcGIS. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008.


Useful Articles

Batcheller, James K, Bruce M Gittings, and Steve Dowers. "Research Article: The Performance of Vector Oriented Data Storage Strategies in ESRI's ArcGIS." Transactions in GIS. 11. 1 (2007): 47-65. 

"Book Review -- Mastering ArcGIS, 3rd Edition." Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 74. 2 (2008): 153.  

Darsow, Andreas, Maria-Theresia Schafmeister, and Thilo Hofmann. "An ArcGIS® Approach to Include Tectonic Structures in Point Data Regionalization." Ground Water. 47. 4 (2009): 591-597.  

Oberle, and David M Theobald. "Book Reviews - GIS Concepts and ArcGIS Methods." The Journal of Geography. 103. 6 (2004): 2 

Oberle. "GIS Concepts and ArcGIS Methods, David M. Theobald." JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY -CHICAGO THEN MACOMB THEN INDIANA-. 103. 6 (2004): 271.

For technical articles related to ArcGIS, visit


Courses and Tutorials in ArcGIS

For a listing of live training seminars offered by ESRI, see

For a comprehensive list of ArcGIS desktop tutorials, see

University campuses and other organizations have often negotiated ESRI Site Licenses that provide access to ArcGIS. It is worth checking with your local institutional IT or computer accounts offices about access to ArcGIS as well as places such as the library and with academic departments such as Geography, Anthropology, Earth Science, Agricultural Science Urban Planning and Public Health.