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Spatial Information Resources

This guide will help you find spatial data (with an emphasis on Geographic Information System (GIS) data), online maps, and static maps, as well as resources for teaching and learning with spatial information.

Using PolicyMap

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables government, commercial, non-profit and academic institutions to access data about communities and markets across the US.

PolicyMap focuses on social issues and contains data sets that can be added, layered and compared. Data sets include a variety of demographic breakdowns, along with a variety of other data sets including income, housing, quality of life, economics, education, and health. You can use it to create maps of specific areas with education data, such as % of students in poverty, graduation rates, etc.

The library's subscription to PolicyMap allows you to access the data sets provided, create layered maps, add your own data sets, download data and save and print your map. You will need to create a login account for PolicyMap in order to access your saved data and maps for later use.

For an overview of PolicyMap and to learn how to use some of its features, please view the video tutorials below.

POLICY MAP OVERVIEW

USING 3 LAYER MAPS

CREATING REPORTS