Getting Started in ArcGIS Online Exercise


This exercise is intended to help you learn some of the basics of ArcGIS Online, which you will be using to create map(s) for your final project. The videos are general instructions and focus on the Los Angeles area. Your map will be of China.

If you have questions or need help with the assignment, email Melanie Hubbard, digital scholarship librarian:

Basic Requirements:

  • Create an ArcGIS Online account
  • Create a new map
  • Add features to your, including 3 pins with pictures and text, 2 data layers, and a new base map.
  • Create a Word doc and paste your map link into the doc with answers to prompt questions.
  • Submit the Word doc to Brightspace.

More details can be found in the video instructions below.


PLEASE NOTE: When working in ArcGIS Online continually save your work. (It does not automatically save or remind you to save.)

Step 1:
  • Create anArcGIS Online account on the sign in page.
  • Sign in to your account and crate a new map

How to sign in and create a new map:

Step 2
  • Search for a specific location in China.

How to find a location:

Step 3
  • Add 3 map notes (pins) with images and text: Mark three Chinese landmarks and/or cities of your choice. Include a picture of the landmark and/or city in the pin and link the picture back to the original source.

How to add map notes:

More on how to get image links for map notes:

Step 4
  • Change the base map to something other than the default map.
  • Add 1 data layer that can be search for within ArcGIS Online. For now, search for any China related layer. To do this just search “China” in the search box. In the future, you will need to be more specific and discriminating.
  • Add 1 data layer found from an outside source. (The outside data layer can be dowloaded here instead of Brightspace.)

How to change the base map and add data layers:

Step 5
  • Share your link. (This is the link you will include in your Word doc.)

Step 6
  • Create a Word doc and paste your map link into the doc. Next, write in the Word doc any questions you have or explain any difficulties you faced while conducting the assignment.
  • Submit the Word doc to Brightspace.