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Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

Intro to StoryMap ARCGis

StoryMaps is a software created by Esri, and it let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story. The software allows you to create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content. You can then publish and share your story and content within your organization or more broadly. Although normally there is a charge to use this software, you have access to it a a University of Toronto student. 

1. The "Resources" link gives you access to countless resources, including "How to" videos

2. Use the "Sign in" link to sign into your U of T account (info provided through Quercus - you will need you UTORid) - utoronto is the initial user name.

Great Story Telling!

Before you start, it is really important to think about how you will tell your story, and how to make it effective. Here are some steps to think about before you even sign into the software. 

Planning your story

Now you know a little bit about great story telling and the various elements that result in an impactful story. Now you can think about something that is equally important: Planning your story. This will definitely help to set you up for success! Some of the key areas to think about before you get started include:

  • Identifying your target audience - who are you making this story for?
  • Defining your key takeaways - what do you want the audience to take away?
  • Creating a content inventory - what do you want to include (and what is crucial to include)?
  • Drafting an outline - how will you tell the story?