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GPHY 227: Cities

A course guide for Geography 227

Assignment Instructions

  1. To get started with ArcGIS Online, login to ArcGIS Online using Queen's University sign in at
  2. Once logged in, click the “my content” link at the top of the page

    navigation to content tab in ArcGIS Online

  3. Select the create map option to start mapping 
  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.    Relate points to scholarly resources about your city
  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)

Embedding your map into the City Profile

Create a screenshot of your map (using the print screen function on your computer) -- crop the image using a image editing software and attach include the image in your report to submit in OnQ

Changing Symbols

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.