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GPHY227: Cities

A course guide for Geography 227

Embedding your map

Create a screenshot of your map (using the print screen function on your computer) -- crop the image using a image editing software (like paint) and attach include the image in your report using the Insert --> picture function in Microsoft Word.

Basic ArcGIS Online instructions

Basic Instructions

1. Choose an area.
Pan and zoom the map to an area or search by its name or address.

2. Decide what to show.
Choose a   Basemap then Add layers on top of it.

3. Add more to your map.
Add map notes to draw features on the map.

Display descriptive text, images, and charts for map features in a  pop-up.

4. Save and share your map.
Give your map a name and description then share it with other people.

**If you are interested in pursuing more Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training, please contact the Geospatial Data Librarian.

Finding Data

Use this Open Data Catalog to explore open data from around the world

Sharing Your Map on Moodle

Don't forget to check the Queen's University checkbox 

screenshot showing share functionality and highlighting that students must select the Queen's University checkbox to share tiny url

Changing Symbols

Assignment Instructions

1.      To get started with ArcGIS Online, you will a receive an invitation in  your Queen’s email. Using the link provided activate your account and create a password (this link will expire in 2 weeks)

2.      Login to ArcGIS Online at

3.      Once logged in, click the “my content” link at the top of the page and select the create map option to start mapping

finding the my content tab in arcGIS Online

4.      There is a lot of flexibility for the city profile assignment. You can get started by:

a.       Manually add points, lines and polygons (a fancy name for shapes)

b.      Add existing data to your map (this could include data hosted on ArcGIS Online)

5.      Change base maps (The term basemap is used to describe the background map that information is added to. Depending on what you plan to communicate with your map you may decide to choose a basemap that highlights terrain, streets or satellite imagery. You can also choose one that strips features making added data stand out)