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Learning GIS

Resources for learning GIS concepts and tools, including ESRI's ArcGIS products, and QGIS.

Finding Books at UM

There are many books available through Ann Arbor U-M libraries to help you learn GIS, including an increasing number of ebooks that can be accessed from any location.

Items can be found via Mirlyn, and a few searches to get you started are:

A search for GIS in all fields, sorted by year.

A search for "geographic information systems", sorted by year.

Published Material for Learning GIS

Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop, 3rd edition

ESRI Press, 2013. Michael Law and Amy Collins.

Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop is a workbook that introduces the principles of GIS via hands-on exercises. Readers are shown how to use ArcGIS for Desktop software tools to display and present maps and data, and then query and analyze the data. The third edition has been reorganized and includes new topics such as exploring online resources and raster data and contains new exercises, data, and learning tools. Known for its broad scope, clarity, and reliability, Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop is equally well-suited for classroom use, independent study, and as a reference. A data DVD for working through the exercises is included with the book, and access to a 180-day trial of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop is provided

The GIS 20: Essential Skills

ESRI Press, 2010. Gina Clemmer.

   Inspired by a poll of 500 GIS
   practitioners, The GIS 20: Essential Skills
   is an easy-to-understand guide that
   emphasizes 20 skills most people need
   to master to be successful using GIS. A
   quick and comprehensive introduction
   to GIS fundamentals, this book includes
   a data CD for completing the exercises.   
   Written for professionals with no time
   for classroom training, The GIS 20 can
   be used for independent study, or an
   as-needed reference.