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Albright Institute

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 Dani Henry (

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 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, 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