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Google Maps: Introduction

An introductional guide to Google Maps with skills and tips for creating geospatial projects using the software.

What is Google Maps?

Google Maps is a free web-based mapping application provided by Google allowing you to create custom maps supported with street maps, route planning and satellite imagery.

Benefits to Using Google Maps?

  • Turn by turn directions available at the click of a button, making mobile navigation around your map simpler than ever.
  • Locate businesses by name or type within the area you are viewing.
  • View locations virtually using 360 degree imagery, giving you the experience of standing in a location yourself using Street View images powered by Google.
  • Create and share your own custom maps using My Maps (free service - requires a Google account to begin) 
  • With Google Maps, simplicity is key making this program very user friendly for users of all backgrounds.

Subject Specialist

Justin Sorensen
GIS Specialist
Geospatial Project Consultant

Digital Scholarship Lab (1705M)
J. Willard Marriott Library
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