Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop

Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop

by Michael Law, Amy Collins

Paperback(Updated for ArcGIS Desktop 10.6)

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Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the features and tools of ArcGIS Desktop. Through hands-on exercises, readers will discover, use, make, and share maps with meaningful content. They will also learn how to build geodatabases, query data, analyze geospatial data, and more. The latest edition has been updated to the most current version of ArcGIS Desktop 10.6. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop is suited for classroom use, independent study, and as a reference. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589485105
Publisher: Esri Press
Publication date: 03/23/2018
Series: Getting to Know ArcGIS
Edition description: Updated for ArcGIS Desktop 10.6
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 304,662
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Law has worked professionally with GIS since 2004 when he began at Rand McNally Canada and later worked as a cartographer for Esri Press, where he developed cartography for books, and edited and tested GIS workbooks. Now based in Toronto, Canada, Law continues to work with GIS software, writing technical documentation, teaching training courses, and designing and optimizing user interfaces.

Amy Collins was first introduced to GIS in 2002 when she began working as a technical editor at Esri. There, she honed her GIS skills and cultivated an interest in designing effective instructional materials. Now a writer and editor based in Northern California, she continues to develop GIS materials, among other projects.

Table of Contents



Part 1 Getting to know GIS

Chapter 1 Introducing GIS

Chapter 2 Introducing ArcGIS

Part 2 Getting started with maps and data

Chapter 3 Interacting with maps

Chapter 4 Interacting with data

Chapter 5 Exploring online resources

Part 3 Displaying and presenting data

Chapter 6 Working with coordinate systems and projections

Chapter 7 Symbolizing features

Chapter 8 Classifying features 

Chapter 9 Labeling features

Chapter 10 Making maps for presentation

Part 4 Creating and editing data

Chapter 11 Building geodatabases

Chapter 12 Creating features

Chapter 13 Editing features 

Chapter 14 Geocoding addresses

Part 5 Getting information about features

Chapter 15 Querying data

Chapter 16 Selecting features by location

Chapter 17 Joining and relating data

Part 6 Analyzing geospatial data

Chapter 18 Preparing data for analysis

Chapter 19 Geoprocessing vector data

Chapter 20 Using Spatial Analyst

Appendix A Data source credits



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