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GIS & Geospatial Technologies: GIS Web Resources

This guide provides GIS tutorials, data, books, course-specific GIS guides and other geospatial related information that might be of interest.


Here you will find a starting point for a list of GIS materials that are on the web.  This site is intended for UC San Diego GIS users as well as the larger GIS community and is a collaborative project with librarians from within the University of California, Purdue Libraries, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Key GIS Web Resources

These are but a small number of good GIS web resources.

GIS Resources collected by GIS Librarians:


GIS Literature and Related Sites:

  • Current Literature on Geographic Information Systems and Libraries, provided by McMaster University.
  • Metadata Primer for Map Librarians.
  • : the Guide to Geographic Information Systems.
  • USGS. Geographic Information Systems (poster).
  • ESRI Online Bibliography, provided by ESRI. This bibliography covers the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology. It indexes journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports from the origins of GIS to the present. There are currently 78,412 entries in the bibliography.

Gazetters and Official Place Names

Gazetteers and Official Place Names:

  • Check Data Sorted by Type for links to Gazetteers
  • United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information Service (the primary source for U.S. and Antarctic place names)
  • National Imagery and Mapping Agency GEOnet Names Server (the primary source for international place names)

Links for Developers

Fun Geographic Sites