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Geographic Information Systems Research Guide

Articles & databases

Articles & Databases

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Provides access to the publications of the USGS and includes references to USGS reports and maps published from 1880 to date.

Additional resources

Monterey County Open Data

Central Coast Joint Data Committee: Links to open data portals for Central California Open datasets from the U.S. Government, including maps and spatial data

Science.Gov: Portal for selected science information from U.S. Government agencies, including GIS datasets

USGS GIS Data: Spatial and geographic data

USDA Geospatial Data Gateway: Environmental and natural resources data

National Historical Geographic Information System: U.S. Census data tables and mapping files

Natural Earth: Public domain vector and raster map data, including physical and cultural geographic features

Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal: Access to GIS datasets and digitized historical maps

TopoView: Provides USGS topographic maps in a variety of formats. 

ArcGIS Online

Google Earth

QGIS: Free, open source, full-featured GIS software

Batchgeo: Free online service for geocoding spreadsheets

Finding articles & books

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