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Urban Studies Research Guide

For research topics related to urban studies


A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. 

A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

UNC Charlotte has a site license to ESRI software (ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro). This software is available here in the library as well as part of UNC Charlotte's Apporto system. 

You can read more about the software and capabilities as well as a demo HERE.

Training courses/material by ESRI

GIS Local Data/Shapefiles

GIS U.S. and International Data/Shapefiles