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Maps, GIS, & Geospatial Data: StoryMaps

ESRI's StoryMaps

What is a StoryMap?

StoryMaps is a web-based application within ArcGIS Online that allows you to build an interactive multimedia narrative.

The StoryMaps application is available to the Wellesley College community with a special login  contact to get an account ID.

StoryMaps Login (once you've received your ID)

Explore StoryMaps

Here are some examples of what a StoryMap can look like!

An Introduction to Sea Ice

Washington's Ice Age Floods

The Bare Earth

The Spilhaus World Ocean Map in a Square

Neolithical Mystery Tour (great example of a Map Tour)

StoryMaps Step-By-Step Video Tutorial

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 0: Getting Started

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 1: Logging In

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 2: The Cover

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 3: Theme & Design

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 4: The Block Palette

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 5: Adding Media


StoryMaps Tutorial Step 6: Maps

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 7: Immersive Elements

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 8: Credits

StoryMaps Tutorial Step 9: Publishing Your StoryMap

StoryMaps Online Documentation

Scroll through the StoryMap below to learn more about how to build a StoryMap!

View the StoryMap documentation in a separate browser window. 

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StoryMaps Step-by-Step Tutorial (text version)

Logging in to

  1. Navigate to


  1. Click ‘Sign In’ in the top right corner.


  1. When you click Sign In, make sure that it says Sign in to Wellesley College with ESRI at the top.


  1. If you do not see this log in page, click on the dropdown menu that says Your ArcGIS organization’s URL

  1. Type ‘wellesley’ into the box, click Continue, and then enter your username and password to log in


  1. Enter your ArcGIS Online account login information

    1. Make sure that your username includes ‘_wellesley’


  1. This will bring you to your ArcGIS Online homepage, where you can navigate to all of the available ArcGIS Online applications and content.