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GIS (Geographic Information Systems): ArcGIS Information

An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, with ArcGIS Tutorials and Resources


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide powerful software tools for the manipulation and analysis of spatial data, making maps into dynamic objects.  While services like Google Earth (requires software download) and Google Maps are bringing GIS capabilities to the masses, having complete control of the software and data helps researchers precisely study their subjects and produce the exact outputs and displays needed.

ArcGIS, one of the leading GIS software packages, is available in most general Rutgers computing labs and ArcMap/ArcView and ArcPRO are available through the The Rutgers Virtual Computer Labs.  The university software portal has further information on the ArcGIS site license for individual or departmental installations.  Additional information on GIS is available through the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) at Rutgers. Please contact Jim Trimble 


This guide was originally created by Maeve Pinto and is currently being updated by Sue Oldenburg.

Access to ArcGIS online and ArcPro

As of January 11, 2021, access to ArcGIS online and ArcPro uses Single Sign On authentication using Rutgers NetID/Password.

More information can be found on the Rutgers Software Portal 

Create an ArcGIS Online/ account using Single Sign On (SSO) via Rutgers NetID 

  • Go to:
  • Click the Sign In button on the upper right
  • Click on the Rutgers University NetID Login button
  • Enter your NetID and NetID password and click the Log In button
    • If you have two-factor authentication, please complete the process

Download ArcGIS Pro

  • Go to:
  • Sign into ArcGIS Online
  • Click on your username
  • Click 'My Settings'
  • From the list of assigned licenses, next to ArcGIS Pro, click 'Download'
  • Complete the installation as directed

Create an ArcPro account using Single Sign On (SSO) via Rutgers NetID 

  • Open ArcGIS Pro
  • At the ArcGIS Sign In screen, click on the Your ArcGIS organization’s URL button
  • At the next screen, enter rutgers in the box
  • Check the Remember this URL box and click Continue
  • Click the Rutgers University NetID Login button
  • Enter your NetID and NetID password and click the Log In button
    • If you have two-factor authentication, please complete the process


ArcMap download and Single User license
Please contact Jim Trimble for more information.


ArcGIS Tutorials

These links will help you get started with ArcGIS.   The Libraries offer workshops and individual consultations. There are courses are available through the Office of Continuing Education of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (for a fee).

Official ESRI ArcGIS Training Resources
A regularly updated collection of ArcGIS trainings offered online.  ESRI provides both video and traditional tutorial guides as well as MOOCs and web courses.  The topics range in complexity, from those designed for beginners for the suite of applications, to more advanced subjects like analytics, data management, python scripting, creating web-based geo-applications and StoryMaps.

GIS Dictionary
Defines all acronyms and terminology used in ESRI ArcGIS applications as well as other GISs.  It is a useful tool for learning standard GIS terminology.

QGIS Training Resources
QGIS documentation and training are provided and supported by a vibrant user community.  Follow the 'FOR USERS' and 'DOCUMENTATION' links for various guides, manuals, and tutorials.

A youtube channel with instructional videos covering ArcGIS, Google Earth, QGIS and other GIS related topics.

Harvard University's GIS Videos
Recordings of workshops at Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis. 

iSchool@Syracuse Article
This article offers information about some of the basic concepts of GIS and how librarians can help with your GIS data.

GIS Specialist

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Susan Oldenburg
OARC@CoRE, Busch
NBLibraries@Alexander, College

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