ArcGIS Help

Commonly asked for items in the GISciences Centre

The Centre's top 10 tools

ArcGIS is a complex software package - many times people don't even know what to look up in the help menu! The Centre has made a list of the top 10 most common requests and the associated tools. We have copied the help from ESRI, and added a few tips or tricks to help along the way.

GIS glossary

Don't understand a GIS term or word?  Use this glossary for some of the more common GIS terms.  If you have a suggestion that isn't on the list let us know!

Creating a map

Haven't used ArcGIS in a while - but need a map?  Don't panic!  Here are tips to help get you to the final result. Click on the topic you would like help with creating a:


Information on how to do more advanced procedures.


The GISciences Centre is beginning to create videos to help learn about GIS.  This is a just beginning and we would appreciate any input as well as topics you would find useful to have covered.  Please send any comments or suggestions!

Getting Started with ArcGIS - Help with accessing data from Dalhousie Libraries on Vimeo.

Where do I get data

Starting a new project and wondering where you can get data.  Check out the links on highlight some of the data sets that the Centre get the most requests for as well as gives you an idea of what types of data is available.

If you need more help, come and talk with us in the Centre. We have a number of options for staff, students and faculty of Dalhousie including: free online courses, one-on-one help, or just someone to discuss potential GIS projects.