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USP 186/187: Senior Sequence : GIS / Poster Info

Library resources for the USP Senior Sequence, arranged by Area of Concentration.

Citing GIS Materials

It's important to cite references to GIS data, maps, or other geospatial material in your work. Here are some resources to help you properly cite your GIS materials.


GIS Reference Books

There are a few key books that may be helpful for doing your GIS work. Some books can ONLY be accessed in the Data & GIS Lab while others are available for checkout. Refer to Roger or ask a librarian if you need assistance.  

Free SRP Poster Printing Requirements

In order to get free printing of your SRP poster, you will need to include a discussion of your spatial analysis and create at least one map document that illustrates your spatial analysis discussion. This means that you actually need to do the GIS work yourself! Using a map created by SanGIS, SANDAG or anyone other than yourself does not meet this requirement!

Use the following link to submit your FINAL poster in PDF form by March 9th at midnight PT.

Here are the specifics about what you need to do:

Mapping Requirement

  • Create at least one map document with at least three GIS data layers
  • The map document should utilize at least one of the following methods of spatial analysis: select by location, select by attribute or buffer
    • Note: Geocoding does not meet a spatial analysis requirement, but may be a necessary initial step to your analysis.
    • Note: Joining tables does not meet a spatial analysis requirement, but may be a necessary initial step to your analysis.
    • Note: If you do a more sophisticated analysis, you do not need to have done a select by location, select by attribute or buffer.  
  • Ensure that your map document has all required map elements.
    • Title
    • Legend for map
    • North arrow
    • Scale bar or scale text
    • Text stating 
      • Creator
      • Date
      • Data source attribution i.e. ESRI, SanGIS, etc.
      • Limitations on use of data, if any
  • ​Setup a meeting with Amy for feedback for the maps on your poster.

Spatial Analysis Discussion

As you move through your SRP research, you will continually delve into the questions of who, what, when, where and how. This will feed significantly into the spatial analysis discussion portion of your SRP. While it does not need to be excessively long or detailed, it does need to address the relationship between the important elements of your SRP, and why the geographic location of those elements can be important.


  • Use the following link to submit your FINAL poster in PDF form by March 9th at midnight PT. If you turn your poster in after this time there is no guarantee it will be printed by the time you should be hanging up your posters for the Urban Expo. Posters WILL be printed in the order they were received.
  • Posters must be submitted as PDFs in the size that you want your final poster. We will not resize. 
  • If you have any questions or issues, contact Mike Smith ( and Amy (
  • Mike or Amy will email you a confirmation to your UCSD email after she has received and successfully opened the poster document. If you do not get an email response within 24 hours, we have not received your poster. It is up to you to follow up. 
  • Mike or Amy will send you an email when your poster is printed and ready to be picked up in the Data and GIS Lab. It is anticipated that all posters will be printed by 6 pm the day before the Expo.   

Recommended for a high quality poster:  

  • First, you need to be proficient enough with GIS to do the vast majority of the GIS spatial analysis ON YOUR OWN.  If you are not feeling up to it skill-set wise, you should do the Senior Sequence Tutorial to get up to speed.
  • Second, you should either meet with Amy, or have a solid clear idea of how you are using GIS for your SRP. You should be aware that if you don't meet the mapping requirement found above, you WILL NOT get your poster printed for free. It simply isn't fair to your other classmates who put in the thought, time, and effort.
  • Third, refer to the poster tips already presented to you and others located on this page.
  • Fourth, please recognize that these requirements are not intended to be harsh; rather, they are intended to be realistic and give you a true picture of what spatial analysis is, and what it is not.  

More help with your SRP...

Your library staff is here working hard to help you be successful.  Be sure to check out Kelly Smith's guide to urban studies research!

SRP Spatial Analysis Documents

Here you will find documents that relate to your SRP & its spatial analysis component.