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Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS): Research help

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Welcome to the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS) Research Guide!

The purpose of this guide is to support the GIS program in the Geosciences section of SUU's Department of Physical Science. Here you will find resources related as closely as possible to the subject of GIS aimed at supporting research in that field.



Sherratt Library provides access to a number of databases on a wide range of subjects. Below is a list of databases with content related to Geology:

Other Online Resources

  • American Library Association (ALA) Map & Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) - One of the most active national exchanges of information regarding GIS: ALA MAGIRT.
  • Base line - Publication of MAGIRT, in newsletter format--read the latest issue or explore the archives!.
  • GeoTech - Committee within MAGIRT providing a forum to highlight "current and relevant issues, applications, and practices relating to emerging geographic information sciences and technologies."
  • GIS Data (USGS) - USGS is a primary source of geographic information system (GIS) data. Data and information is presented in spatial *and* geographic formats.
  • (Resources) - This resources page is designed to help you better understand the GIS field, career opportunities, and the many tools available to you. Learn about essential GIS software, upcoming conferences and meetups, and more.
  • GPS: The Global Positioning System - A global public service brought to you by the U.S. government.
  • MAGIRT's Guide - Includes guides to GIS and Other Computerized Mapping Products.

Periodicals and Serials

Although many of the journals and annuals we have in Sherratt Library are available in electronic form, sometimes a print copy is the only way to go. Below is a list of periodicals and serials we have in print and electronic formats. (Note: Print copies of periodicals are housed in the collapsible shelves on the first level, organized alphabetically by title, whereas serials are in the book shelves, organized by call number, like books).

Books and Ebooks

At Sherratt Library we use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize the items on our shelves. These call "numbers"  (they're really letters)  on the spines are used for most of our items, including print books and ebooks. Below is a list of call numbers that relate to Geographic Information Science & Technology (browsing these sections in the shelves on the 2nd level or in Reference on the 1st level, can reveal resources you never even knew you needed)! Click on the links below for a further breakdown of each letter. Note also that because of the complexity of GIS systems, other geographic details may also be helpful, see the Geography Research Guide.


G Geography (General). Atlases. Maps
GA Mathematical geography. Cartography

Librarian for GIS

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Chris Younkin
Sherratt Library 303C
(435) 865-8054