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Geographic Information Systems/Science

Collection Area

Any discipline which has data tied to a part of the Earth can use Geographic Information Science/Systems (GIS) to map that data.

General Purpose

To collect resources for Geographic Information Systems/Science which inform, instruct and theorize. Also to collect data sets which help users learn and manipulate the software. Remote Sensing is also an area of interest and collection. However, the subject is collected both in Baker/Berry Library and Kresge Physical Sciences Library. Kresge collects more technical and mathematically theoretical works while Baker/Berry has more general works.

Dartmouth College Program

There is no program specifically for GIS. However, in 2007, the Geography and Earth Sciences Departments along with support from Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies and Academic Computing hired a researcher to head the Laboratory for GIS and Applied Spatial Analysis. That position's primary focuses are to help faculty with their research and instructional use of GIS.


General Subject Boundaries

The major subject areas which use GIS are Geography, Earth Sciences, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Economics and Archeaology.


English is the primary language.

Geographic Areas

Starting with New Hampshire and Vermont, the selector works out towards the rest of New England. We also collect resources for the United States. Data sets for the rest of the world are more generally collected. However, areas where the College has Foreign Study Programs have equal importance as data for New England.

Types of Material Collected

The types of materials collected range from instruction manuals for software, tutorials, workbooks and case studies. We collect books which look at the theory of GIS.

While most of the materials collected are about GIS in general, we do collect materials which look at GIS in specific disciplines such as Archeaology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Biology.

We also collect data sets to help people utilize GIS software.

Format of Materials Collected

Formats include print and electronic formats. The printed materials are usually books while data sets are on CDs or DVDs. Many of the books include CDs or DVDs.

Other Resources Available

Along with our site license for ArcGIS from ESRI, we have access to ESRI's Virtual Campus. The Virtual Campus has many online tutorials, workshops and classes they people can use to help them with ArcGIS. The Virtual Campus also includes sets of courses which help people acquire skills using the software.

LC Class

GA 70 - GA 76

Related Policies

Archaeology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, Maps and Atlas Collections


Lucinda M. Hall

Last Updated: 8/5/16