The third edition of "Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop" is available from Esri Press. The workbook for GIS beginners introduces the principles of GIS within the context of a structured ArcGIS lesson plan.

Originally published in 2001, this textbook has been enhanced for ArcGIS 10.1 compatibility and offers new graphics and discussions about geospatial technology tools. Illustrations and step-by-step exercises provide the foundation to acquaint readers with ArcGIS for Desktop. Key concepts introduced include creating maps and adding data, performing spatial analysis and building and editing spatial databases.

The third edition organizes topic discussions for clarity and introduces new topics such as exploring online resources and working with raster data. It also includes new exercises, data and learning tools.Known for its broad scope, clarity and reliability, the book is suited for classroom use, in independent study, and as a reference.

A DVD to complete the exercises is included with the book, and online access to a 180-day trial of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop is provided. It is available at online retailers, at, or by calling 800-447-9778.