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GIS Tutorial Workbook for ArcView 9.0 [CD-ROM]

Wilpen L. Gorr , Kristen S. Kurland

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8 Sep 2005 GIS Tutorial
This teaching tool is designed with both self-study users and classroom users in mind, offering nine steps for learning ArcView GIS software that have been developed and tested at the GIS labs at Carnegie Mellon University. This hands-on approach simulates how a GIS project would be developed, covering map design, GIS outputs, importing spatial and data attributes, digitizing, address matching, spatial data processing, and spatial analysis. A companion CD-ROM includes additional exercises for each tutorial chapter provides and integrative cases that cut across chapters. The book also includes a full working copy of ArcView GIS software (good for 180 days from the date of installation) and all of the sample data required to run the exercises.

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Product details

  • CD-ROM: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.,U.S.; 2nd edition (8 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589481275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589481275
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,494,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to use in a GIS class 23 Nov 2005
By M. Rock - Published on Amazon.com
I use this book (as a teacher) in a GIS class at a community college. It has that rare mix of step-by-step directions and challenging, thought provoking exercises. Each chapter starts with a tutorial that is well explained and thought out. Interspersed are "Your Turn" exercise that allow students to flex their muscles a bit. The directions are easy to follow, with color screen shots and explanations.

At the end of each chapter is a set of 2 exercises. Students are given an assignment, provided with a few hints, and then need to use what they learned in the tutorial to complete the exercise. This allows students to do some thinking on their own, which many other ArcGIS software books neglect. In my years of experience as a teacher and from using this book in class, I can say that the exercises are what make this book stand out.

The authors provide great support for teachers using this book. There is an instructor's CD with assignment answers and grading sheets. Included are 2 Case Studies that I assign as homework. They even provide slides for use in lectures! The authors have also been quick to respond to any questions, comments, or suggestions from me and my students.

I would recommend this book to any instructor using ArcGIS. Unless you hate Pittsburgh (some of the exercises use Pittsburgh data) I think you will like this book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine primer, but flawed 14 Oct 2006
By StatsCop - Published on Amazon.com
If you're looking for a step-by-step-hold-your-hand-guide to ArcView then this is your book. However ...and this is a big However... you'd better learn each lesson thoroughly as you go along, because there is no index. Let me repeat... no index. Oh, sure there's pages and pages of ESRI software license agreement, but no index. That being said, it is a fine reference and a good place to learn the basics.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Students learn how to use ArcView 9 to create maps, collect, collate and analyze data, and more 3 Dec 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
For a workbook for ArcView 9, Wilpen Gorr and Kristen Kurland's GIS Tutorial is the perfect item of choice. It pairs a 180-day trial version of ArcView 9 on CD-ROM and data with exercises which require learners to perfom basic GIS tasks without step-by-step instruction - requiring both thought and a real ability to understand ArcView rather than routine memorization. Students learn how to use ArcView 9 to create maps, collect, collate and analyze data, and more. Many a teacher will make this a course text.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best GIS book! 18 May 2006
By Drew Schechtman - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to learn GIS, this is the book for you. It teaches you how to use ArcGis and ArcMap very effectively. I have bought and used this book to learn GIS and by the end (about 3 months) I was very comfortable doing my own GIS analysis, without needing the book in front of me. The examples and tutorials in the book which guide you through the material, are easy to follow but challenge you to learn the material, which is the goal. The assignments at the end of each chapter reinforce what was taught in each chapter very well. They are very applicable and after completing all the assignments I consider myself very capable at using this complex program. I have tried to learn many programs from books and found that, although GIS is probably the most powerful and complex program i've tried to learn, this book teaches you better than any other. It makes it very easy to learn GIS and apply its powers. The CD provided is adequate to learn the program as well. The book also can serve as a reference when doing other GIS work, as key commands and concepts are well organized throughout the book and are easily referenced. I wish all other programs had a book which was this easy to use!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The traps and tricks of ArcView 9 11 Mar 2006
By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Any collection involved in GIS systems and computer mapping must have Wilpen L. Gorr & Kristen S. Kurland's GIS TUTORIAL: WORKBOOK FOR ARCVIEW 9 (1589481275 $69.95) at hand: it's an outstanding tutorial with a cd which provides essential insights to the GIS industry standard ArcView program, surveying all aspects of how the program operates and navigates. The workbook approach lends particularly well to either classroom assignments or individual paced studies, promising a lasting reference which covers all the basics of how ArcView operates - including the traps and tricks.
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