Visualizing Research through ArcGIS StoryMaps

Tracy Chapman Hamilton, Independent Scholar; Virginia Commonwealth University, Affiliate

In this video, Tracy Chapman Hamilton demonstrates how to use ArcGIS StoryMaps for research and class assignments.

Video Introduction

Tracy Chapman Hamilton demonstrates the visual and pedagogical motivations for building a project using the powerful multimedia ArcGIS StoryMaps tool. As you will see, enormous possibilities exist to increase the visibility and visuality of your students’ work (and your own) while maintaining the rigor and analytical complexity of a traditional paper or exhibition. By walking through a step-by-step example, she makes clear the useful and simple nature of the free software. She shows student work as well as her own to illustrate the range of possible research and visual analysis all showcased in a professional format. Once published you can share it with just a url link, or you can also embed it into a website. Including a map to spatialize your work is entirely optional. 

Tools and Repositories

ArcGIS StoryMaps

Here is a good explanation of image type, quality, and size from the Esri StoryMaps blog posted on February 2, 2021 by Hannah Wilber and Mark Harrower


ArcGIS StoryMaps User Guide (by Tracy Chapman Hamilton)

Links to Student Work

Naomi Edmondson Cartographic Countering in "Historic Charleston"

Damon Reed From Modernity to Degeneracy (great use of tool as a formal analysis - no need for a map at all)

Maddie Shelby Edward S. Curtis

Further Reading

Allen Carroll, Getting started with ArcGIS StoryMaps (Feb 10, 2021)

Here's a great post on Storymap organization by Hannah Wilbur, “Planning and outlining your story map: How to set yourself up for success,” also from the ArcGIS Blog (June 16, 2019).

Wrisley, David Joseph. “Christine de Pizan Through Storymaps.” Middle Ages for Educators, July 15, 2020. Accessed April 29, 2021. 


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