Skip to main content
Subject Guides - Syracuse University Libraries

GIS - Geographic Information Systems: Home

Information and links to geospatial data and inteactive mapping websites and GIS related software

What is GIS

Geographic Information Systems

GIS consists of hardware, software and data working together to display multiple layers of vector, raster, and data files simultaneously to understand and visually solve geographical problems and provide new insights into answering questions about the human and natural world we inhabit.

Critical Thinking Skills

Here are the first 5 steps down the path to knowledge

  1. First step: admitting you don’t know everything.
  2. Second: wanting to know more.
  3. Third step: learning how to search for information.
  4. Fourth step: learning what’s available.
  5. Fifth step: determining what’s relevant and what’s not.

ESRI news feed




Esri announces ArcGIS 10.4 is now available.

ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro are now part of the SU site license.

Contact the Maps/GIS Librarian for more information.

Printing Quota Login

If you are in the GSIC Lab on the 3rd floor of Bird Library and you need to add more money to your print quota to pay for printing on the GSIC's plotter then use the link below.

Print outs from the plotter cost $3.00 a linear foot for plain paper and $5.00 a linear for for semi-gloss paper.

International Space Station


John Olson
358 Bird Library
Syracuse University
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
Social Media:Twitter Page