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Take advantage of maps and geospatial data!

For all of the Albright group topics this year, there is an inherent geographic component — everything and everyone is tied to a specific place on (or above!) the Earth. 


► Use maps as data sources ⇒ not all data is published in articles or databases. 

Not all data is published in articles and databases — maps contain an astounding amount and variety of data. When doing research for your project, keep in mind resources such as historic maps, interactive web maps, geospatial datasets, satellite imagery, and published paper maps.

► Use maps to display your data ⇒ you can find a map or make your own.

When you are putting together your group project, remember that maps can convey a lot of information clearly and concisely.


If you have any questions about where to find maps/geospatial data related to your projects or about map-making, contact Tracy Tien (

Maps and Spatial Data Sources

Citing Maps and Atlases

ArcGIS 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, you can access it by these two ways:

  1. Go to Wellesley ArcGIS Online ( Click on the blue Wellesley College button, and use your Duo single sign-on credentials. Once you are on the Home page, click on the View More icon (), then in the expanded drop-down, go to ArcGIS StoryMaps 
  2. Go to then use your sign-in credentials


Explore StoryMaps

Here are some examples of what StoryMaps can be. For more, visit the Esri StoryMaps Gallery


Example StoryMaps
Neolithical Mystery Tour StoryMap Thumbnail The Spilhaus World Ocean Map in a Square StoryMap Thumbnail The Bare Earth StoryMap Thumbnail
Neolithical Mystery Tour The Spilhaus World Ocean Map in a Square The Bare Earth
Washington's Ice Age Floods StoryMap Thumbnail An Introduction to Sea Ice StoryMap Thumbnail Pancakes and Silver StoryMap Thumbnail
Washington's Ice Age Floods An Introduction to Sea Ice Pancakes & Silver


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 9: Publishing Your StoryMap

Recommended: Accessible Storytelling

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.

ESRI's ArcGIS Onlne

What is ArcGIS Online?

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based software suite designed for analyzing geospatial data and making interactive maps and web applications.

Available to the Wellesley College community, please follow the next section on Logging in to ArcGIS Online.


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


Lesson 3: Basemap


Lesson 4: Bookmarks


Lesson 5: Adding Layers

From a File

From Your ArcGIS Online Content


Lesson 6: Searching for Data

ArcGIS Online

Living Atlas


Lesson 7: Layer Styling


Lesson 8: Analysis Tools


Lesson 9: Saving Your Map


Lesson 10: Printing Your Map