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GEOG 482: Making Maps that Matter with GIS


Why good resources matter: As GIS professionals you will be knowledge workers, and as knowledge workers it's important to have more tools at your disposal than Google for finding information. One of this class's objectives is to teach you other avenues for finding and assessing digital resources.

As a Penn State World Campus student, you have full equivalent access to all the services the University offers to its students, including borrowing library materials, technology and equipment access, Interlibrary Loan, data analysis and visualization services, and geospatial analysis.

Libraries Home page -

A full list of services :

How to start your research into a topic

...and an introduction into how to use Wikipedia wisely in your research:

Should I Use Wikipedia?

Libraries home page has a search box that searches across many of our journal databases.

It also has library guides that can get you started.  They have library resources such as books, journals, databases and other information curated by librarians.  Many guides also have links to external resources for locating data. See the next section on our GIS Guides.

GIS Guides

LIbrary Guides are great resources that point you to all the library databases, books, and data sources.  These guides are curated by librarians and are designed to help you help yourself when starting your resource.  Do not hesitate to reach out to the librarians listed on the pages for more assistance.

Data Sources

If you are looking for data, consult the Maps & Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) guide.

We have a number of library databases that have geolocated data like socioeconomic, census, demographic, business and marketing data.  You can make maps or download the data.


Course optional textbook

To request a book chapter, submit a request through InterLIbrary Loan.  

  1. Click on Submit New Requests
  2. Select Book Chapter
  3. Fill out form

You will be notified by email when then request is finished.

Online and Open Resources