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Digital Scholarship

Introduction to digital scholarship resources, tools, and projects


  • CARTO is a web-based GIS (GIS=geographic information system) platform that provides web mapping, and spatial data science tools. CARTO also allows you to create a map from your own data. 
  • QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop GIS application that supports viewing, editing, printing, and analysis of geospatial data.  
  • Social Explorer provides easy-to-use mapping tools, allowing users to create visualizations of demographic data, such as census, religion, and economic data. It also provides advanced tools for exporting data reports and downloading data. 
  • ArcGIS is a complete GIS system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge.
  • Leaflet is an open-source and mobile-friendly JavaScript library for creating interactive maps. The website features several tutorials to help you get started.

More in-depth information on GIS can be found in the research guide “Learning GIS” which includes resources for learning GIS concepts and tools, including ESRI's ArcGIS products, and QGIS. You can also contact the Stephen S. Clark library for questions about GIS tools and resources or schedule a consultation with the digital scholarship team at the library (