How to Use ArcGIS

The following instructions will take you through many of the basics, and not so basics, of ArcGIS Online. (If you are using an LMU ArcGIS account there are a few differences in the layout and available tools. The majority of it is the same, however.)

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

How to Sign in and Create a New Map

  • Create an ArcGIS Online account on the sign in page
  • Sign in to your account and create a new map

How to find a location

How to Add and Work with Map Notes

Map notes allow you to add textual information and images to your map. There are three types of map notes: points (which are like pins), lines, and areas (shapes and polygons).

Map notes can exist in different layers or be on a single layer. Creating multiple map notes allow you to separate your map notes into different layers. For example, you can create map notes to keep your notes organized by locations or type of notes (Map Note – Los Angeles vs. Map Note – Culver). This will also allow you to turn off certain map notes from being visible on the map. Scroll down to watch Working with Map Content to learn how to hide layers from your map.

Adding a Point/Pin

Editing Existing Point/Pin Map Notes

Adding a Line

Adding Area Map Notes

Editing Existing Line and Area (polygon) Map Notes

Base Map and Data Layers

Base maps serve as a background for your map to provide context as it is overlaid with different layers. Data Layers enable you to visualize geospatial data on your map. As with all information that you incorporate into your research, you must evaluate the data to verify that it is reliable and authoritative.

How to Change the Base Map and Add Data Layers

Evaluating Data Layers

Working with Map Content

Setting up and Working in Groups

How to Share Your Map

Share your map link

Embedding Your Map in a Web Page

See “How to Use WordPress.” Scroll down to “Adding Your Maps” at the bottom.