Here is the presentation for the Winter 2010/2011 USP 193 class.
Without question, GIS will be a useful tool to apply to San Diego community research.
Demographics, economics, Census geographies, natural features, the built environment - all lend themselves extremely well to GIS visualization and analysis.
For example, you might want to know if the ethnicity of a particular Census tract has a correlation to home ownership, you can find a table of information fairly easily through resources such as the American FactFinder.
However, a table may not be exactly the best way to display or analyze the information if you are researching more than one Census tract. This is where GIS steps in as a visualization and analytic tool!
There are a few key books that may be helpful for doing your GIS work. They are part of the Data & GIS Lab Reference collection, which means they live in the Lab and are for use ONLY in the Lab.
GIS resources for community research in San Diego abound, so consider yourself lucky because we promise, it isn't so easy to find quality GIS data, for FREE, in many other places in the United States!
Your library staff is here working hard to help you be successful. Be sure to check out the guides that Rebecca Hyde, Urban Studies Librarian, has created to support urban studies research!
Since spatial analysis and GIS will be required starting with the 2009/2010 Senior Sequence, you have to know it. And that's a good thing because as an urban studies major, GIS is a critical skill. It could even be the one that will get you a job!
That said, you're not on your own. There are several ways you can get up to speed with GIS.