Geographic Information Systems

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is computer hardware and software that allows users to manage, visualize and analyze spatial data utilizing maps.  Howard-Tilton Memorial Library provides access to a diverse set of software, data, tools, databases, and other research support for GIS and geospatial research.  Librarians can help users find web sources for spatial data, get started with GIS software through tutorials, training, and consult on GIS related research projects.

Research, Teaching, and Learning

Schedule a Research Appointment

Have questions? Use the form linked above to contact a Librarian for Geographic Information Systems for individual or group consultations at all stages of scholarship.

Consultation guidelines

  • The librarian provides consultations to the Tulane community only.

  • The librarian can help with a project but cannot do it for users.

  • While providing help with assignments, students may be referred to the TA or professor for help on exercises created for a specific class.

  • Please remember the following things are users' responsibility:

    • Properly cite all data sources used.

    • Be able to understand, repeat, and explain all analysis done and the decision making process chosen.

    • Understand the data chosen to use in the project and its limitations.

Request a Library Instruction Session

The library provides in-class instruction and hands-on workshops for the Tulane community. Use the form to request a library instruction session.

Library Guide

Geographic Information System Library Guide

This guide will help users get started with understanding what GIS is, the nature of geospatial data used in GIS, and how to get started using GIS for research.

Tulane's ArcGIS Online Portal