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StoryMaps is a platform that allows you to tell stories through text, maps, and multimedia.
Getting Started with StoryMaps
Here's what you need to do to set up your account in StoryMaps:
- Go to storymaps.arcgis.com
- Click on Sign in
- You'll come to a login page. In the box under "Your ArcGIS organization's URL," type usandiego and click Continue
- Now click on the blue box University of San Diego
- On the Microsoft Sign in prompt: Type in your USD email address
- Now you'll come to the USD sign in page: type in your USD email address and password
- Click "yes" for "stay signed in
- Now you have arrived at the Stories page
- To get started building your StoryMap, click on the green "New Story" button on the right
- Now you're ready to go!
If you have any trouble setting up your account using the steps above, please contact: Cody Maginnis in ITS at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the best ways to understand howStoryMaps works is to look at examples of how others have used it. Take some time to explore these examples:
Two Halves from Two Places
This StoryMap was created by Marissa Hernandez Torres, a student in Dr. Pulido's "Intro to Chicanx" class last semester.
Segregation by the Sea
The history of California's Black Beaches, created by Black Voice News. Notice how this example uses a split screen to pair text with photographs and maps.
Exploring New York City's Vibrant Street Art Scene
The author compiles extensive historical research with art and cultural critiques. This project also includes embedded videos.
African American Heritage Walking Tour
This project, which uses a wealth of primary historical sources, allows you to click on historical sites and zoom in to learn more about them.
Familiarize yourself with how StoryMaps works by viewing the tutorials below.
This is a Step-by-Step guide highlighting the top ten functionalities of StoryMaps. It gives you a solid overview of what you can do -- including adding images, making a map, and customizing the design. You'll want to bookmark this guide and keep it handy because you'll likely want to refer back to it as you work on your project.
Nine Steps to Great Storytelling
Nine techniques to make your project really stand out.
If you are looking for specific components of StoryMaps, check out this page. You can select articles, tutorials, and videos about specific things such as planning your story, using express maps, making a slideshow, embedding web content, etc.
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