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GIS: Geographic Information Systems: Access GIS Software

Northwestern University Library's GIS guide.

Access GIS Software

 

NU faculty, staff, and students on the Evanston, Chicago, and Qatar campuses have access to the ESRI ArcGIS software suite for academic or non-commercial purposes.

 

  • ArcGIS Online is Esri's cloud-based GIS mapping software. Use Esri's online platform to create and share web-based maps.

    • Create an ArcGIS Online account by selecting the Enterprise login and using your NETID through the ArcGIS Online page.

    • After one year of consecutive inactivity, your account and associated material will be deactivated and deleted.

 
  • ArcGIS Pro is Esri's redesigned, and eventual replacement version of ArcGIS Desktop.

    • Create an ArcGIS Online account by selecting the Enterprise login and using your NETID through the ArcGIS Online page.

    • Download ArcPro through Box.

 

  • ArcGIS Desktop
    • Download ArcGIS Desktop through Box.

      • Open the readme.txt for step-by-step instructions

    • Faculty and staff may install on university-owned computers for teaching, research and administrative uses.  Installation on personal computers is allowed but only for academic, non-commercial uses.

    • Students may install on personal computers, but the software must be uninstalled when they leave the University.

 

  • QGIS
    • Download QGIS here.

    • Compatible with Mac or Windows OS.

    • No cost and open-source, meaning affiliation with Northwestern University is not necessary.