A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for creating, storing, analysing and managing spatial data and associated attributes. In the strictest sense, it is a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analysing, sharing, and displaying geographical information. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze the spatial information, and edit data. - from the Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology
Welcome to the Cheng Library's resources guide for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This guide is intended to provide students with an orientation to the basic resources available for understanding and using GIS in course assignments and independent research. GIS is now used in a wide variety of academic disciplines for analysis, decision making, and the presentation of data with geographic attributes. And all of this only scratches the surface of GIS' potential applications. The Cheng Library stands ready to assist you with any questions about GIS resources not covered in this guide, so please contact us.