Welcome to the G&ES Department

Library Resources:

G&ES Masters theses - library catalog search

Click on the above link to run a query of M.A. in G&ES theses currently available for review in the Library.

G&ES Student Handbooks 

The Department maintains a Student Handbook specifically for G&ES students. It provides information about resources and opportunities of special interest to G&ES students in G&ES, in other departments, and in the Chicago region. There is an Undergraduate Handbook and a Graduate Handbook. Pick one up at the main office.

Internship Databases

Students preparing to take on an internship may look through the Department's database of past internship reports. These include a daily log of activities, an executive summary of the experience, contact information for field supervisors and a reflective essay. Inquire with your advisor or in the Department office.

GIS databases and software

A great deal of information is available online. Here are some premier sites:

American Fact Finder: Census data available for download.
Check out the products (maps, data, etc.) at the U.S. Geological Survey.
City of Chicago Interactive Map 
Chicago GIS Department: A lot of data is available here.
Data.Gov: View 195,000 searchable databases.
The Perry Castenada Library is a great source for maps. Topozone delivers topographic maps.
Natural Earth: free vector and raster data at three scales.
Inkscape is a free vector graphics program, GIMP is the raster equivalent. Sketchup is the free 3D tool.
Quantum GIS or QGIS is an open source GIS program.
R is a statistical package, also open source.
Scrape data from web pages with import.io.

Interesting Links

G&ES students make good use of technology in classes and in the field. With so many GIS classes, Interactive Cartography and Cartography, there is always something new. Here is a sample of sites we find particularly interesting.

A globe showing thousands of radio stations around the world. Choose any, listen in real time at radio.garden.
Here's current wind in the United States and air pollution in real time.
Generate isochrones (travel time contour maps) with interactive tool Mapzen.
Mapnificent is a quick isochrone generator for selected city areas (including Chicago).
The Department of Transportation recently published this noise map.
Race dot map: one dot equals one person.
The Global Conflict Tracker is the Center for Preventative Action's world map. 

American Psychological Association (APA) Style

This is the required style for professional writing at the graduate level in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. Undergraduate students would do well to study this style as well, but it is less likely to be required in their written papers.

APA Style by apastyle.org and a tutorial.
Excellent resource by Purdue University.
Wikipedia, on APA style.

Plagiarism

We all take academic integrity very seriously though we understand that many students beginning college are not aware of the rules and expectations. The expectations and requirements regarding plagiarism and academic integrity increase toward junior and senior year and especially in graduate school. For more information please consult your advisor, the University Student Handbook, your syllabi, and the Student Code of Conduct. You'll find that the expectations are reasonable but not always as simple as some people believe. This graphic illustrates plagiarism might happen even accidentally, and how some mistakes are more serious than others.

Graphic showing levels of plagiarism