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GIS Cookbook: Introduction

The GIS Cookbook is a collection of simple descriptions and illustrations of GIS methods written with minimal GIS jargon. Recipes cover two GIS software platforms, ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS 8/9.x. The target users are social scientists with an interest in introducing spatial thinking into their current research and also having some experience with computers but little to no exposure to GIS. The GIS Cookbook is in its beginning stages and will be expanded to better serve the needs of social scientists.

GIS Cookbook Table of Contents

     
  ArcView
3.x
ArcGIS
8.x
ArcGIS
9.x
1. Getting Started      
  • How to Open a Map Document, then Add Data
  • 3.x 8.x 9.x  
  • How to add data after opening a new view
  • 3.x    
  • Performing an Attribute Query
  •   8.x 9.x
  • Performing a Spatial Query
  •   8.x 9.x
    2. Dealing with Data      
  • Importing an Excel table to your GIS project
  • 3.x 8.x 9.x
  • Joining a table to an existing table
  • 3.x 8.x 9.x  
  • Classifying data
  • 3.x      
    3. Classifying and Visualizing Data      
  • Making a choropleth map
  • 3.x 8.x 9.x
    4. Projections      
  • Define projection for a shapefile or geodatabase
  •   8.x 9.x
  • Reprojecting data
  • 3.x    
    5. Datums      
    Recipes in progress      
    6. Buffers      
  • Buffering an area
  • 3.x 8.x 9.x
    7. Geocoding      
  • How to geocode addresses
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Selecting from geocoded addresses
  • 3.x    
    8. Census Data      
    Recipes in progress      
    9. Density Estimation      
    Recipes in progress      
    10. Cartographic Design      
  • Preparing your map for presentation without a template
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Shortcut to preparing your map for presentation with a template
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Creating a report
  • 3.x    
  • Adding and editing a legend
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Adding a scale bar to a Layout
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Adding a neatline or border to a layout
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Automatically labeling a map
  • 3.x    
  • Adding individual labels to your map
  • 3.x    
  • Adding a north arrow to your map layout
  • 3.x 8.x  
  • Adding text or a title to a layout
  • 3.x 8.x  
    Appendix      
    A. Background Information about Geocoding      
    B. Background Information about Buffers      
    C. Background Presentations and Finishing      
    Glossary      

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