There are many websites that contain guides you can use to learn GIS. A selection of these are listed below. Please note these links will open in the same window.
CSISS (Center for Spatially Integrated Social Sciences) GIS Cookbook
Simple descriptions and illustrations of basic GIS tasks aimed at social scientists
Harvard Graduate School of Design - GIS Manual
An excellent guide to various GIS topics and problems.
Online Mapping / Webmapping
There are many websites that allow you to create your own maps online without the use of a full-fledged GIS software. Some of these sites are listed below. Please note these links will open in the same window.
"Maker! was designed by cartographers with an eye for detail. Style your map with shaded thematics, proportional symbols, and more. Maker! makes the tough statistical and cartographic decisions for you. Anyone can build complex, data-rich maps."
"UMapper is the first universal web-based map authoring application. You can: create interactive flash maps and geogames, display maps on your website or social network, export data to Flash ActionScript 3.0 or KML, explore and interact with our community, and fulfill all map and game-making dreams!"
"Social Explorer is a detailed reference tool for current and historical Census data from 1790 to 2000. Our tools allow you to explore Census data visually through the use of interactive data maps and also browse and download Census data in convenient formats for offline processing."
American FactFinder - U.S. Census Bureau
Using this online program, you can create your own thematic maps using data from the US Census. Click here for instructions on how to create a thematic map using FactFinder.
Tutorial Books on GIS
There are many good books to assist you in learning how to use GIS. A selection of these are listed below. Please note these links will open in the same window.
Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, 2nd ed.
By Tim Ormsby, et. al.; ESRI Press
GIS Tutorial - Workbook for ArcView 9, 3rd ed.
By Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland; ESRI Press
Mastering ArcGIS, 4th ed.
By Maribeth Price; McGraw Hill