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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
  • 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


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: 


Familiarize yourself with how StoryMaps works by viewing the tutorials below. 

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