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Geographic Information System (GIS) Services

Library GIS support includes providing access to Esri ArcGIS software, in-course instruction and support, and individual consultations with faculty and students. We support beginning and advanced GIS topics including GPS-enabled field collection of data, the use of drones, and discovery of existing data sources for geospatial analysis.

What are Geographic Information Systems / GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial related data.  Most data is spatial therefore can be in some way referenced to locations on the earth and related to other information. GIS falls within the Geospatial umbrella that also encompasses Remote Sensing and field data collection methods such as GPS, the use of drones and satellite imagery. Most industries and areas of research benefit with the use of GIS.

GIS Research Guide

Find a self-guided GIS course or tutorial, get instructions for downloading ArcGIS software, find links to useful data portals, and more.

Get an ArcGIS Account

You can access ArcGIS Online directly with your Single Sign-On (SSO) credentials when you click “Sign In” from the Claremont Colleges Library ArcGIS Portal.

Claremont ArcGIS Online portal showing Sign In link in top right corner
The Claremont Colleges Library Portal, sign in link is in the top right

If you have existing credentials from ArcGIS Online, you can continue to log in with those.

Screenshot with explanation of new single sign on
ArcGIS sign on screen. Two ways to log in to ArcGIS: 1. Login with your Claremont ID (CAS) information (for creating a brand new account or if you’ve already used this option). OR 2. Log in with your existing ArcGIS ID and password (if you have an existing account).
Getting Started With GIS (video)

Drone Support

The Digital Scholarship Unit at the Claremont Colleges Library offers consultation and support for faculty and students working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drone applications in GIS for research, teaching, and learning.

The library owns a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced UAV which we can use in support of research and teaching at the colleges (we do not loan the UAV, but will provide you with a licensed drone pilot).

Please get in touch with us if you need:

Check Out GIS Tools

The library circulates four Bad Elf GPS PRO+ GPS units for use in course fieldwork, research projects, and for experimentation.

Use Library Search to check availability.


Join us for our monthly Map Monday meetups to talk about GIS and get help with your projects!

Ask a Question

Request a consultation, a course-integrated introduction to ArcGIS, instructional support for your geospatial projects on campus and while conducting field work.