Further reading links to supplement your studies.
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This list starts with the book widely regarded as the first GIS text book, which reflected the early emphasis on using these systems for land resources assessment. Since the 1980s many overarching, introductory GIS texts have been published as well as other books dealing with specific themes or applications. The texts listed here include some that have passed through several editions, others that provided an account of the subject at the date of publication and a sample of those dealing with a specific application area.
Burrough, P.A. (1986) Principles of Geographical Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Heywood, I., Cornelius, S. and Carver, S. (2006) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, 3rd edn. Harlow: Pearson International.
Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J. and Rhind, D.W. (2010) Geographical Information Systems and Science, 3rd edn. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Maguire, D. J., Goodchild, M. F. and Rhind, D.W. (1991) Geographical Information Systems. Harlow: Longman.
Star, J. and Estes, J. (1990) Geographic Information Systems: an Introduction. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Brimicombe, A. and Chao, Li. (2009) Location-Based Services and Geo-engineering. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Chainey, S. and Ratcliffe, J. (2005) GIS and Crime Mapping. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Harris, R., Sleight, P. and Webber, R. (2005) Geodemographics, GIS and neighbourhood Targeting. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Research articles are published in journals focusing on the applications, cartographic, spatial scientific and systems aspects of GIS.
There are also a number of magazine publications aimed at GI professionals (e.g.GIS is an international phenomenon and globally there are numerous websites where you can find out about GIS, some are run by educational or academic organisations, some by public sector bodies and others by commercial companies. Some websites provide licensed or chargeable access to GIS services or data, others include freely available material. Examples include http://www.esri.com/training/main, http://www.mapinfo.com/, https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-2.3278149,6z, http://gisandscience.com/and http://www.openstreetmap.org/about.