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Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS)



Includes spatial data sources and mapping tools and support persons. Boston College supports several Geographic Information Systems software packages on campus.

New: Sanburn Maps and GIS in Social Work

Sanborn Maps from Library of Congress. The  Library of Congress has begun making the maps accessible on its website in a sheet-by-sheet format that will allow printing. By year’s end, more than 100,000 maps published prior to 1900 will be available online. They will join more than 1,200 pre- and post- 1900 maps that were previously scanned and made available online. Read more in the LC Magazine  p. 20


COSA Emerging Scholar

School of Social Work Assistant Professor Samantha Teixeira, whose use of Geographic Information Systems technology exemplifies new directions in community-based research, has received the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration. BC News

Current Articles about GIS

Subject Guide

Barbara Mento
O'Neill 313



Boston College supports the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching, research and administrative projects. GIS is a database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data and related information.

To request a GIS class presentation or GIS consultation for a research project contact:

Barbara Mento
Constantin Andronache


The GIS Team will work with faculty members to customize GIS integration into courses and support research projects. Support includes identifying GIS data, assistance in developing maps for course material, overview and demonstration of  ArcGIS software and hands on workshops for smaller groups of students.