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Scholarly Commons, 306 Main Library

Fall 2012 Hours:

Walk in Consultations: 1:00-3:00 Mondays

Survey Consultations : 1:00-4:00 Tuesdays

Open Lab: 1:00-5:00 Tuesdays (More Information)

By appointment: email datagis at library dot illinois dot edu

Lync consultations: 1:00-3:00 Wednesdays (call 333-7751); 1:00-3:00 Fridays (call 333-2472)


Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian

(217-333-2472, hogenboo at illinois dot edu)


Loading files into ArcGIS



These links are to data sources used in the Savvy Researcher workshop about loading data into ArcGIS.  You can practice loading data into ArcGIS by downloading files from the websites to create thematic maps of commuting times for census tracts in Champaign County, child poverty by county in the U.S., and public production of electricity by country.

Demonstration: Commuting times in Champaign County by Census tract


2009 Tiger/Line Shapefiles for Illinois census tracts (U.S. Census Bureau)

Attribute files:

American Factfinder Census 2000 Summary File 3 (U.S. Census Bureau): QT-P23, Journey to Work

Exercise: Percent of children living in poverty in the U.S. by county, 2005-2010 average


2009 Tiger/Line Shapefiles: county boundaries for all of U.S.

Attribute files:

2006-2010 American Community Survey Selected Population Tables: DP03, Selected Economic Characteristics

You need to return to the search screen from here and set the following parameters:

Extra practice: Public electricity production for countries worldwide


Country boundary vector files (Natural Earth)

Attribute files:

Electricity, total production, public (UNData)

Hint: choose a single year of data