Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Getting Started

QGIS is an open-source GIS software that is available to use for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It is a true desktop GIS that can perform advanced geospatial analysis and has an extensive library of plugins (>300).

For more information, see the QGIS website:

QGIS Tutorials

QGIS Tutorials

A very useful resource to get started using QGIS is this website: This site offers a list of tutorials to become familiar with a variety of GIS operations using QGIS. The format of each tutorial takes users step-by-step through a given operation and oftens offers sample data to use for each tutorial. 

QGIS - Training material

The QGIS site has an official page on Training material. This include the following:

GISGeography - QGIS Tutorial: How to Use QGIS 3

This introductory QGIS tutorial by GISGeography covers a variety of useful topics on how to use QGIS 3, including:

  • How to download QGIS
  • The anatomy of QGIS
  • Creating data
  • Editing data
  • Adjusting symbology
  • Using print layouts
  • Exporting maps
  • Running geoprocessing tools
  • Downloading QGIS plugins
  • Adding a basemap
  • 3D visualizations
  • Other plugins

Brock University, "Intro to QGIS"

Brock University has made available this useful 6-page PDF document which gives a quick intro to QGIS primarily aimed at beginners. See the step-by-step guide here:

Other Resources