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.
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.
Since spatial analysis and GIS will be optional but highly recommended with the Senior Sequence, here are some resources to get you started. As an urban studies major, GIS is a critical skill. It could even be the one that will get you a job!
You're not on your own - there are several ways you can get up to speed with GIS so if you are feeling unsure about how to apply GIS to your senior research project (SRP), don't fear. We've designed the class to require you to start to think about this from the very beginning so you've already gotten a start on this!
First, take at look at the documents and guides made for you in the SRP Spatial Analysis Documents box on this page.
Second, think more closely about the types of questions you are going to be asking for your SRP. This thought process, added to the who, what, when and where section of the assignment will give you several excellent ideas as to what different GIS data layers might be appropriate to use for your spatial analysis, and might be involved with your spatial analysis.
Lastly, write down your ideas for data layers and spatial analysis - don't try to remember them for later!!!
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!
Here are the specifics about what you need to do:
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.
Recommended for a high quality poster:
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!