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Maps, GIS, & Geospatial Data: ArcGIS Online

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Logging in to ArcGIS Online


  1. Navigate to

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

  3. 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’

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

ESRI's ArcGIS Onlne

What is ArcGIS Online?

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based software suite designed for analyzing geospatial data, creating static and interactive maps, and accessing digital data.

Availability: To the Wellesley College community with a special login  contact to get an account ID (login here once you receive your ID)

ArcGIS Online Step-By-Step Video Tutorial

Click on the Steps to watch a short video on each topic. Click on the links below each video for additional information and documentation.


Lesson 0: Before You Start

Lesson 1: Signing In

Lesson 2: Starting a New Map

   Map Viewer documentation

Lesson 3: Basemaps

   Basemaps documentation

Lesson 4: Bookmarks

   Bookmarks documentation

Lesson 5: Adding Layers

   Adding Layers documentation

Lesson 6: Searching for Data

   Searching for Layers in ArcGIS Online/Living Atlas documentation

Lesson 7: Layer Styling

   Layer Styling documentation

Lesson 8: Analysis Tools

   Using the Analysis Tools documentation

   Analysis Tools Chart

   Example Case Studies to Practice Analysis Tools

Lesson 9: Saving Your Map

Lesson 10: Printing Your Map


More Resources for Learning ArcGIS Online

For Beginners:

The Basics from ESRI

YouTube Playlist with short videos explaining basic tools and skills in ArcGIS Online.


For Intermediate/Advance Users:

Practice Lessons from ESRI (make sure that "ArcGIS Online" is selected in the filter that says "All Products" on the left of the webpage)