Introduction to ArcGIS


You can open the podcasts in their own resizable windows by clicking on the links in the topic list below, or you can watch them on this page by clicking the “play” button for each podcast (requires Flash).

Mapping the real world
Data in ArcCatalog
Working in ArcMap




Mapping the Real World
Three fundamental representations of geographic information layers
Discrete and continuous data
How a GIS represents and models geographic information
Raster basics
What is raster data?
How features are represented in a raster
Cell size of raster data
Raster data set attribute tables
Table basics

Data in ArcCatalog
Feature class basics
An overview of working with feature datasets

Working in ArcMap
Starting ArcMap
Opening a map document
Setting map document properties
(pay particular attention to the sections “Setting a default geodatabase” and “Changing how the document references data”)
Working with the Home folder and default geodatabase
Adding layers to a map
What is a page layout?
A quick tour of page layouts
Using data frames
Using the table of contents
What are symbols and styles? 
A quick tour of symbols and styles 
Using page layouts
Aligning, distributing, and grouping graphics


Chang, Kang-tsung. 2010. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. 5th ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Foresman, Timothy W. 1998. The History of Geographic Information Systems: Perspectives from the Pioneers. Ed. Timothy W. Foresman. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall PTR.

McHarg, Ian L. 1969. Design with Nature. Garden City, NY: Natural History Press.