The comprehensive textbook, “Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop,” recently released by Esri, teaches the concepts of geographic information system (GIS) technology and the fundamentals of mapmaking and data analysis using the latest Esri ArcGIS Desktop software.

By completing step-by-step software exercises, readers will learn basic GIS concepts and gain practical knowledge about ArcGIS Desktop tools and functionality, Esri says. They will learn how to query map data, make map layouts, symbolize and label maps, set map projections, create and share web maps, build and edit geodatabases, and analyze geospatial data.

This textbook is available in print or as an e-book for $99.99. It is designed for students and GIS professionals, and the exercises were created for use in ArcGIS Desktop 10.6. The data needed to work through the exercises and a 180-day free trial of ArcGIS are available from Esri here.

E-books published by Esri do not include the 180-day trial software, but free trial software is available at

“Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop” was written by Michael Law and Amy Collins. Law is a cartographer and GIS professional with more than 10 years of experience. He is a former Esri cartographer who edits and tests GIS workbooks and has designed maps for books. Collins is a writer and editor who has worked with GIS for 15 years. She is a former technical writer for Esri and continues to develop educational books on GIS.