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I'm looking for a general purpose guide book to ArcGIS (preferably 10 but 9.3 ok as well). What I'm after is a book that reads as a cook book of sorts and shows specific work-flows to specific tasks as opposed to an educational text on GIS or Arc. Something that I would turn to instead of the desktop help menu in order to figure out how to solve a specific task with ArcGIS or how to use a specific function or tool. A refernce book I guess.

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I haven't found anything that could be considered comprehensive for my specific needs.

That may be because GIS is industry specific and workflows hence become job specific.

You are correct in that there are common tasks that a GIS should perform.
There is lots of help in the ESRI forums if you want to ask a specific question there.
There are some workflows (step by step) instruction in lots of their blog posts. ESRI Blogs

Notably, look at Mapping Centre and the ArcGIS Desktop blog.

The Training Matters blog is also a good way to keep updated with new courses (most of them free) on ESRI training.

The online help for ArcGIS is also fairly comprehensive. Searching for any tool in here will give you a thorough breakdown of that tool and its parameters.

The following link will take you to a summary of all their V10 free training Seminars.
V10 was a major GUI overhaul of the program, I would recommend ANYONE who wants to use ArcGIS read about What's New in the PDF.

Summary of Training Seminars (Free) for ArcGIS 10



Lastly, here are all their ArcGIS Tutorials, most recent.



I do GIS in a First Nations context. Never have I attended or heard of a First Nation's GIS course for example. Everything I learn is usually revolves around Urban/Municipal/Rural or Environmental planning and needs to be modified and adapted accordingly.

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I haven't found anything that could be considered comprehensive for my specific needs.

That may be because GIS is industry specific and workflows hence become job specific.


Thanks for the help. This kinda highlights my frustration with ArcGIS documentation. The best help is from the forums and blogs and that help is often not immediate or general enough. I actually disagree that GIS is industry specific in its basic workflows. A join is a join, a buffer a buffer etc. When you need to transform data Arc doesn't care what you intend to do with it just that you get the steps correct for whatever tool you are using. That's really the focus I'm looking for, in depth instruction on all of the basic functions and tools. I'm looking for a reference that looks at those tools and common tasks individually explaining their proper uses, syntax and common errors. Or one that looks at common specific GIS tasks and explains the various tools or workflows to accomplish them. Something like that.

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Have you ever checked out "The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis"? There are 2 volumes. They go over the common questions that GIS can be used to solve, in a general manner. They don't go so far as to outline the specific tools you would use, but I think that's easy enough to look up in the help. Volume 1 ("Geographic Patterns and Relationships") is quite introductory and Volume 2 ("Spatial Measurements & Statistics") goes a little more in depth.
Laura




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