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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): What is GIS?

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) @ UNR

This guide will help you with GIS research.  Look at the tabs above or the information below to find quick links to the best information we have at our disposal.  

Get GIS Help

ArcGIS 10.4 is currently available in several locations across campus including Dataworks North Lab (Knowledge Center room 121, Dataworks South Lab (DeLaMare Library basement), and the Geography Computing Lab in Mackay Science (Rooms 221 and 222). If you are a UNR affiliate you can access ArcGIS previous version via Remote Desktop Services

Open source software GRASS GIS and QGIS are also available in Dataworks North

In person GIS help/tutoring is available in the Dataworks South Lab, located on the bottom floor of the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library.  
Current GIS tutoring is available in the GIS Assistance Tab


What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system that allows you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data within a single database according to their location.  GIS gives you the power to create maps, integrate information, visualize scenarios, present powerful ideas, and develop effective solutions.  Geographic or Spatial information can assist in understanding the complex interrelationships of natural resources and human population as they relate to potential or known pollution sources.  It is a powerful tool that is now being used in many areas of research.  Commonly the output is a map but the power of GIS really lies in the information embedded within the map objects. 

Sample GIS generated map

Geosciences & Maps Librarian

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Chrissy Klenke
DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library - Mackay Mines Building # 57
(775) 682-7371
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