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GIS @ UC San Diego: GIS Books & Journals

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Here you will find a starting point for a list of GIS materials that are in text (written or electronic books) or in a journal.  This site is intended for UC San Diego GIS users as well as the larger GIS community, and should be viewed as a complement to other sites and supplemental to the Map, GIS and Metadata/Cataloging Librarian Core Competencies created and published by the American Library Association's Maps and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT). 

If you are looking for resources on the web, try the Publications & Blogs page in this guide. 

For new GIS books (physical or electronic), check out the link below!

Key GIS Texts

These are but a small number of very good GIS texts.


  • Boisse, Joseph A. and Mary Larsgaard. 1995. GIS in academic libraries: A managerial perspective. Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 (4):288-291.
  • Cobb, David. 1995. Developing GIS relationships. Journal of Academic Librarianship 21(4): 275-277.
  • Gluck, Myke and Lixin Yu. 2000. Geographic Information Systems: Background, frameworks and uses in libraries. Advances in Librarianship 23:1-38.
  • Harvey, Francis. 2008. A primer of GIS: Fundamental geographic and cartographic concepts. New York : Guilford Press.
  • Lamont, Melissa. 1997. Managing geospatial data and services. Journal of Academic Librarianship 23(6): 469-473.
  • Larsgaard,Mary Lynette. 1998. Map librarianship: An introduction. 3rd ed. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Longstreth, K. 1995. GIS collection development, staffing, and training. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 21(4): 267-274.
  • Martindale, Jaime. 2004. Geographic Information Systems librarianship: Suggestions for entry-level academic professionals. Journal of Academic Librarianship. 30(1): 67-72.
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition. “Surveyors, Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, and Surveying and Mapping Technicians.” (Visited September 05, 2008)

Spatial Thinking

  • Learning to think spatially: Committee on support for thinking spatially, the incorporation of geographic information science across the K-12 curriculum. Prepared by the Geographical Sciences Committee, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division of Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies. 2006.


  • Gorr, Wilpen L. and Kristen S. Kurland. 2008. GIS tutorial : workbook for ArcView 9. Redlands, Calif.: ESRI Press.

Discipline Specific

       Multiple Disciplines

  • Youngblood, Dawn. 2006. Map use across the disciplines. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries 2 (2): 33-66.


GIS Journals

There are several GIS publications.  Some are completely free and some are subscriptions.  When the items are subscriptions and UCSD has paid for or has access to them, the hyperlink will go directly into the UC San Diego Libraries catalog.

Documents about GIS

Miscellaneous public documents regarding GIS...