Using ArcGIS for Kingston Investigation

You are going to use a website called to create a map to present some of your data from the Kingston fieldtrip. GIS stands for geographical information systems and allows us to understand the relationship between various data sets and location.

How to use ArcGIS

  1. First you need to locate the results document in the STUDENT SHARED DRIVE. This has all the data from the class in it.
  2. Before you can use this file you must convert it to a ‘CSV’ file. Go to ‘File> Save As’ and then select ‘CSV Delimited’ from the file type menu and save it in your documents.
  3. Go to
  4. Click on make a map
  5. Now click on Add in the top left hand corner and then ‘add layer from file’ from the drop down menu.
  6. Now select the CSV file you created earlier.
  7. Now click import layer.
  8. You will have to select the longitude and latitude options from the drop down menu.
  9. A map should now appear that shows all of your data collection sites have been completed. If you have any problems see your teacher.

You now have a map that shows the locations where the data was collected. If you want to you can play around with the change the symbol option from the drop down menu that appears when you put the cursor over the name of your file on the left of the screen.

You can take a print screen of this and add it directly into your project.

Results Presentation

Now you are going to use ArcGIS map to present 1 of your data sets.

Follow these steps.

  1. Hold your cursor over the ticked cell on the contents pane on the left hand side an arrow will appear.
  2. Click on the arrow.
  3. Select change symbols
  4. Then select size
  5. Then from the drop down ‘To show’ menu select one of the variables.
  6. Press apply and the size of your dots on the map will change to fit the data that has been collected.
  7. To improve your map alter the class size and change the symbol until you get something you are happy with.
  8. Finally print screen and add this to a word document  with an appropriate heading. Remember to include the legend, scale and add a North pointer manually.

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