The Basics of ArcGIS

Welcome to the ArcGIS LibGuide

The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to the software package, ArcGIS. ArcGIS is a geographic information system software application that is used to manage, analyze, display, and work with the geographic data. It is commonly used within the fields of environmental science and social sciences (including criminology and sociology). The UML software license allows allows all faculty and staff to install this software on university-owned equipment only. This license may also be installed in university student labs. To download the software and learn more about the university license click here.

There are several classes at UMass Lowell at both the undergrad and grad level for ArcGIS. This LibGuide will go over the basics of opening the software, utilizing its various components, and simple functionality and use.

How do I navigate this LibGuide?

For information on the various components of ArcGIS (and the basics of functionality) select one of the applications:

ArcGIS Online: Learn about the online tools Esri has in place (basemap sources, etc)
Help: For any additional questions check out these resources

Learn some examples of what you can do with ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Overview Video